Mal Thatcher rejoins Queensland Health as interim CIO

Former Mater Health Services CIO Mal Thatcher has temporarily stepped into the position vacated by Colin McCririck as CIO/CEO of eHealth Queensland.

Dr Thatcher recently completed his PhD, awarded by the Queensland University of Technology for developing a governance framework for the adoption of IT in acute healthcare.

Dr Thatcher was CIO of Mater Health in Brisbane for almost 11 years and also took on the inaugural role of chief health information officer with Queensland Health for a fixed one-year term from September 2014.

The CHIO office was combined with the Health Services Information Agency (HSIA) in August 2015 to create the new eHealth Queensland. HSIA's chief technology officer, Colin McCririck, was named as eHealth Queensland CIO/CEO in December 2015 but then became embroiled in a nepotism scandal and was forced to stand aside for four months.

He was cleared to return to the role in April, but then accepted an overseas position and resigned in June.

Queensland Health is currently advertising for a new CIO/CEO with applications closing at the end of the month. A spokesperson for eHealth Queensland confirmed that Dr Thatcher is acting in the position until a permanent replacement is chosen.

There is some speculation that Dr Thatcher is also a candidate for the role of CEO of the new Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), which has replaced NEHTA.

Acting ADHA CEO Richard Royle told Pulse+IT recently that it was likely that the new CEO and five executive general managers will be announced this month.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: eHealth Queensland, Australian Digital Health Agency

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