Board changes likely at restructured NEHTA

A new chair for the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is likely to be announced in the next few days, with current chair David Gonski set to stand down after almost six years in the role.

Pulse+IT understands that former AMA president Steve Hambleton has been asked to become the new chair. A well-placed source said the appointment had been confirmed, but when contacted this morning Dr Hambleton said that he could not comment.

NEHTA spokeswoman Alison Sweeney has refused to confirm or deny that Mr Gonski is standing down, a move that has been expected for some time.

Mr Gonski has taken a very low profile as chair of the NEHTA board, speaking publicly just once or twice in his time in the position. The board currently consists of representatives from each jurisdiction, along with the secretary of the Department of Health, Jane Halton.

Ms Halton is also expected to be moving on from the department.

The recent Royle review into the PCEHR - of which Dr Hambleton was a panel member - recommended that NEHTA itself be dissolved and replaced by an Australian Commission for Electronic Health (ACeH), to report directly to the Standing Council on Health (SCoH).

NEHTA has restarted work on the PCEHR, with plans to hold meetings about the integration of pathology and diagnostic imaging reports into the system in release five, which is expected later this year.

NEHTA has secured funding of $34 million for another year of operation from the federal government, as well as some of the states and territories, which co-fund the organisation.

The Department of Health told a Senate committee recently that NEHTA was still negotiating with three states about their share of funding.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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