Tim Kelsey to head Digital Health Agency

Tim Kelsey has been appointed as the CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

“Most importantly, the new Agency is the system operator for the Government’s recently launched My Health Record System which is a secure, online summary of people’s health information that can be shared with doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers with the permission of patients,” Health Minister Sussan Ley said in making the announcement.

“This gives people more control of their health and care and with access to new digital apps and online services the Australian community is benefiting from the modern information revolution.”

Minister Ley says Kelsey is internationally regarded as a leader in digital health, in both the private and public sectors, and has a proven track record in delivery of digital health services.

Kelsey was the first National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England. This role combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation, marketing, brand and communications for the national commissioner for health and care services.

He was also the first chair of the National Information Board in England which successfully oversaw design of a new digital health strategy for the NHS.

Before becoming a director of NHS England, he designed and launched NHS Choices website – the national online information service which has transformed access to apps and mobile digital services for patients and citizens in England. In 2000, he co-founded Dr Foster, an organisation which pioneered public access to online information about local health services.

More recently, Kelsey has been working with Telstra Health to focus on ways to use its technology capabilities to support transformation in the costs and quality of healthcare in Australia.

‘He is the right choice for the appointment as CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency to further the Australian Government’s commitment to use digital health to create a world-class health system for all Australians,” Minister Ley says.

Mr Kelsey will commence in his new CEO role with the Australian Digital Health Agency in mid-August 2016.

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