O2 launches new healthcare division

O2 launches new healthcare division
O2 is launching a healthcare division, with former GlaxoSmithKline sales director Keith Nurcombe appointed in the new role of head of healthcare.

Nurcombe has been appointed to build a new team at the operator, realising its long-term ambitions of becoming a services company. He will be responsible for delivering a 'defined structure and roadmap' for O2 and healthcare over the next five years.

Nurcombe's remit is to build the healthcare business into 'tele-health' and 'tele-care' in areas such as remote diagnostics. He will report to O2 business sales director Ben Dowd, who has had healthcare added to his remit.

Dowd told Mobile: 'It's very much about working out ways that people can be managed at home. The whole focus of health is a key programme within Telefónica so we are continuously looking at it.'

There is currently a 'small' team working under Nurcombe, which Dowd said will be expanded ahead of the department becoming fully operational in May 2010.

Nurcombe, who took on the healthcare role in January, was previously director at Nurcombe Consulting, where he made strategic alliances with the NHS, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Government agencies.

Prior to that, he was CEO of Advantage Healthcare - a company that supplies healthcare workers and delivers healthcare to the high street.

Before joining Advantage he was sales and marketing director at GlaxoSmithKline, where he worked for eight years.

M2m will also be a big focus for O2 in the future, with Dowd saying the company could consider opening other divisions in the future.

'We are always looking at new areas in the marketplace,' he said.
Written by Mobile Today
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