Monica Trujillo jumps ship from Cerner to Telstra Health

Former Australian Digital Health Agency executive and Cerner chief clinical information officer Monica Trujillo is leaving the EMR giant to move to Telstra Health, where she will take on the new role of chief health officer (CHO).

Dr Trujillo is effectively taking over from chief medical officer and CMIO Vince McCauley, who is leaving Telstra Health after seven years to re-focus on his external work.

Cerner’s current chief nursing and midwifery officer Michael Draheim will take on Dr Trujillo’s clinical leadership responsibilities for Asia Pacific.

Cerner vice president and regional general manager for the Asia Pacific Julie Hoare said Dr Trujillo had worked tirelessly with the company’s APAC clients to ensure they gained greater value from their patient-centred digital health journey, and moved beyond the EMR to health networks and population health.

“In addition to leading the outstanding clinical and health network teams, she has raised clinical leadership, strategy and engagement across the Cerner APAC ecosystem to achieve better health outcomes,” Ms Hoare said.

“Throughout her tenure, Monica has developed strong clinical client collaboration with the launch of the clinical advocates program, multiple clinical special interest groups as well as leading the COVID Client Collaboration Forum during an extremely challenging time.

“She has also been instrumental in working with our clients to develop their health networks and population health roadmap and led the team in successfully signing the first FHIR opportunity in Asia Pacific.”

Telstra Health managing director Mary Foley said Dr Trujillo’s global expertise and capability will contribute to the company’s continued growth as an organisation and support our robust clinical governance processes.

“We recognise the importance of reflecting a clinical perspective in the way we develop all our digital solutions, and this will be even more important as we establish a greater presence globally and strategically partner with clients as part of connected healthcare systems,” Professor Foley said.

She paid tribute to Dr McCauley for his significant achievements during his time at Telstra Health.

“Vince established the Telstra Health Clinical Governance Framework and chaired the Clinical Management Committee and our overarching clinical governance and clinical incident management processes,” Professor Foley said.

He led the Telstra Health team through numerous serious software clinical incidents and the subsequent learning and software improvement processes, she said. He also set up a clinical software safety program including the new skill set of clinical safety officer (CSO) and developed a training and support program for CSOs.

Professor Foley said he had provided guidance and education in implementation of eHealth software standards and represented Telstra Health at various forums and provided expert advice in relation to the pandemic to Telstra and Telstra Health.

Dr McCauley said the digitisation of the healthcare system during his time at Telstra Health has developed rapidly bringing its own complexities, particularly through the pandemic and the rapid adoption of virtual care solutions.

“It has been exciting to have been able to provide guidance in applying a standards-based approach to clinical software development, as well as ensure patient safety is a critical priority in everything we do at Telstra Health,” he said.

Dr Trujillo will finish at Cerner on May 26 and take up her new role on June 1, with Dr McCauley helping through a transitional period.

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Tags: Cerner, Telstra Health, Monica Trujillo

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