My Health Record head Ronan O'Connor to depart

The Australian Digital Health Agency's national health CIO Ronan O'Connor has resigned to take up a position with global health IT not-for-profit the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Mr O'Connor headed up the delivery of the My Health Record expansion program when it flipped to opt-out in 2018, and has also been overseeing a program to re-platform the system when the contract with national infrastructure operator Accenture ends in 2021.

He was was recruited by former ADHA CEO Tim Kelsey, with whom he worked at the UK National Health Service, to take functional charge of the My Health Record system in 2017.

Mr O'Connor will leave the agency in mid-October with plans to return to the UK in 2021.

An ADHA spokesperson said a replacement would be recruited following the announcement of a new CEO for the agency.

Inaugural CEO Mr Kelsey resigned last year to join HIMSS and his position has since been filled by long-term ADHA chief operating officer Bettina McMahon. Ms McMahon will also leave the agency when the permanent CEO is announced.

Chief medical adviser Meredith Makeham also recently left ADHA for an academic post.

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Tags: ADHA, Ronan O'Connor

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