Queensland Health D-G Michael Walsh to retire

Queensland Health director-general Michael Walsh has announced his retirement after four years in the position.

Mr Walsh, a former eHealth NSW CEO/CIO and chief executive of HealthShare NSW, will finish up in September. Queensland Health has begun a search for his replacement.

Mr Walsh oversaw the roll-out of Queensland Health's $1.26 billion, 20-year health ICT strategy, which includes the implementation of the digital hospital version of Cerner's Millennium EMR in over 20 hospitals.

That project has seen its budget blow out, although an audit last year found there were some benefits to the system.

Other big money items in the strategy were the replacement of the state's aged pathology information system, which is currently underway, and the replacement of the legacy HBCIS patient administration system (PAS).

Mr Walsh had to call a halt to the procurement process for the new PAS in January following allegations of conflicts of interest which have been referred to the state's Crime and Corruption Commission.

Mr Walsh was chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council and is on the board of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Health Minister Steven Miles said Mr Walsh always put health workers and patients first.

“He has rebuilt frontline services, hired doctors and nurses and paramedics, and planned a massive hospital building program,” Mr Miles said.

“We have a world class, universal, free health system that all Queenslanders can be proud of, and Michael has been a big part of rebuilding that.”

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: iEMR, eHealth Queensland, Michael Walsh

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