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Monday, May 10, 2010

Not the Appointment We Need for e-Health in Australia – What About A Few Recognised E-Health Experts?

The following just turned up.

Independent Director appointed to NEHTA Board

10 May 2010. NEHTA announces Lynda O’Grady has been appointed an Independent Director to the NEHTA Board of Directors.

Ms O’Grady joins NEHTA at a time when e-health is playing a pivotal role in Australia’s health reform agenda.

Board Chairman David Gonski said Ms O’Grady’s appointment was decided at a recent Board meeting and is effective immediately. The appointment is for a three year term.

“We are delighted to welcome Lynda O’Grady as a new Independent Director. Lynda brings with her a wealth of experience having held senior executive roles in IT, telecommunications and media organisations including Telstra Corporation, PBL and Alcatel.”

Lynda is Principal of the management consultancy firm, Advanced Management Services, which provides consultancy and business advisory services on strategic and organisational issues for clients across a wide range of industries and sectors. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a member of the Council of Bond University; a member of the Board of Advisors of Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre; and director of Screen Queensland and Auscript Group Pty Limited. She also served on the Board of TAB Queensland for five years prior to its listing and on the IT&T Board of Advisors to the New South Wales Treasurer.

Ms O’Grady has been working with the NEHTA Board of Directors as an Independent Advisor since April 2009.

ENDS

The release is here:

http://www.nehta.gov.au/media-centre/nehta-news/637-ind-dir

I am sure Lynda is a smart and competent person but she is not an e-Health expert and she does not come from that sector.

The NEHTA Board is stacked by Public Sector Health Executives and has not a single Director who has any real depth in e-Health.

Until that is fixed the Board will continue to be a joke in my view.

I wonder if all this about a pay-out related to NEHTA being wrapped up real soon now?

David.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The jurisdictions are happy that their respective CIOs provide the NEHTA Board with all the ehealth expertise they require. You need to accept that as a fait accompli. You also need to accept that as the States basically retained control of the hospital system at COAG they will continue to retain control of NEHTA. It is not in their interests to let Canberra dominate NEHTA. However, as a sinecure, when the health system reforms take hold you will see the NEHTA Board take on a couple of additional members to represent the National Primary Health Care Organisation (PHCO) funding body which will most likely emerge from a restructured (DOHA funded) AGPN. But that will be as far as the states will be prepared to let NEHTA move from their grasp. Gulp.

Dr David More MB, PhD, FACHI said...

Not if I have anything to do about it!

No one needs to put up with an incestuous and flawed status quo!

David