DoH beefs up eHealth division

The federal Department of Health has beefed up its eHealth division in anticipation of the changes to the PCEHR announced in this week's budget, moving departmental CIO Bettina Konti to eHealth to add extra support and bringing in a new CIO from the immigration department.

Contrary to an erroneous news report today, former Health chief knowledge and information officer Paul Madden has not stepped down from the department.

Mr Madden was given the new title of special adviser/deputy secretary for strategic health systems and information management some months ago following a departmental restructure.

A DoH spokesperson said Mr Madden is also a member of the executive committee of the department.

That restructure also saw Ms Konti take the role of departmental CIO, and the departure of former first assistant secretary for eHealth, Linda Powell, to the Department of Finance. Linda Jackson has been acting in that role since then.

The new departmental CIO role will be taken by Matt Yannopolous, formerly CIO of the Department of Immigration.

“Paul Madden remains responsible for Health’s strategic systems used across the health sector including eHealth,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The position filled by Matt Yannopolous will be the First Assistant Secretary, IT Division and is responsible for the systems that support the Department’s operations.

“This position had previously been filled by Ms Bettina Konti, who will be transferring to the eHealth Division to support Mr Madden in the next stages of eHealth as announced in the recent budget.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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