Former MOH CTO moves to head up digital government strategy

Former NZ Ministry of Health chief technology officer Ann-Marie Cavanagh is taking up a six-month secondment at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), where she will be acting as director of digital government strategy.

Ms Cavanagh was acting deputy director-general for data and digital at the ministry following a restructure of the department under new director-general Ashley Bloomfield.

Ms Cavanagh was headhunted in 2016 by former MOH director-general of health Chai Chuah as part of his “dream team”. However, Mr Chuah stood down unexpectedly in 2017.

The permanent position of deputy director-general for data and digital went to former Capital & Coast DHB CIO Shayne Hunter in January.

Dr Bloomfield said technology was playing an increasingly greater role in the way healt care is delivered. “Our Ministry and indeed the wider system are well-placed to take on this challenge thanks to Ann-Marie's leadership and guidance over the past few years,” he said.

"I want to sincerely thank Ann-Marie and wish her well as she shifts to DIA and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role."

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