E-health chief Tim Kelsey calls it a day, following COO’s resignation

By Stephen Easton

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Australian Digital Health Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey has handed in his resignation.

Kelsey will take his leave from the post on January 17 after just over three years leading the agency that operates the My Health Record system and is responsible for the federal Digital Health Strategy.

“During that time the agency has done much to be proud of, particularly working with stakeholders and the community to provide more than 22 million Australians with an online summary of their key health information through their My Health Record, and to support the introduction of e-prescribing,” says a statement from the board of the statutory authority.

An interim chief executive will be appointed shortly to run the show until a new CEO is appointed. The board says it is working to “ensure staff are supported during this time of change” and “taking all appropriate steps to ensure the ongoing management” of the e-health authority.

Kelsey’s main role was to oversee the major change from an opt-in system to one where every Australian gets an electronic health record by default unless they opt out. He came into the fold shortly after the ADHA replaced the previous National E-Health Transition Authority, which was first established way back in 2015.

ADHA chief operating officer Bettina McMahon is also leaving. According to Healthcare IT website Pulse IT, she handed in her resignation in November and will finish up in early January, after about 10 years with the e-health authority and its predecessor. Another staff member, Rupert Lee, reportedly stepped into McMahon’s role as acting COO allowing her to focus on specific “important initiatives” in her final weeks.

The ADHA is a statutory authority classified as a corporate entity under the federal Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act and reports to state and territory health ministers through the COAG Health Council.

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