International Women’s Day – spotlight on Alisha Sharma
It’s International Women’s Day and we’re shining the light on one of our leading lights, systems engineer Alisha Sharma.
Alisha has been smashing down barriers in the traditionally male-dominated world of IT engineering, in particular the specialist area of IT systems security.
She’s part of our dedicated team helping to safeguard clinicians, patients and their health information at the four Northern Region district health boards (DHBs).
She and the team work with our DHBs to protect health systems and data and to manage security on digital and infrastructure platforms, including the firewall, network, and server environment.
Making sure the region’s vast ICT enterprise runs smoothly for our 28,500 DHB customers and the nearly two million people in our communities who access their services is no easy feat, but Alisha’s passion for helping others provides all the inspiration she needs.
“Through the service our team provides to our amazing health care professionals, I’m able to play a small role in keeping systems safe and secure for those whose lives literally depend on it.”
Alisha has had to overcome various obstacles in her tech journey to date, but she was determined to pursue her IT dream and continue to build and grow her career.
Luckily, three years ago she chose to do that with us.
“healthAlliance stood out as an organisation where I could support the public health care system and help people while at the same time flourish in my tech career.”
As a natural problem solver who is always putting her customers first, Alisha loves working in the health IT sector, but wishes there were more women working in her field.
“Women are relatively few and far between in tech roles in New Zealand and it’s a shame because I know there are others out there like me who would enjoy the work and who could thrive and emerge as leaders,” she says.
Her #choosetochallenge on International Women’s Day this year is to see more women working in the digital sector, especially in leadership roles.
We couldn’t agree more!