The man in charge of the WA Department of Health’s $600 million eHealth program, Alan Piper, has left the organisation.
Piper had served as acting Chief Information Officer at WA Health since 2009-10.
Following his departure from the CIO role effective December 2012, Dr Andrew Robertson has been acting in the position.
Robertson’s temporary appointment follows Piper’s three-year service as acting CIO. It is unclear when WA Health will begin a recruitment process to find a permanent technology chief.
Robertson previously occupied the role of Director, Disaster Management and Preparedness at WA Health since 2003, while also filling a number of other roles in the Department on a temporary basis. These include Acting Deputy Director General of Health Care and Acting Chief Medical Officer.
He was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2012 Australia Day Honours in recognition of his role in establishing the Disaster Management Directorate to ensure the readiness of WA health services for times of disaster, leading the development of the State Health Incident Coordination Centre for emergency planning and response technologies, and leading two international humanitarian medical teams that responded to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2006 Indonesian earthquake.
Former CIO Alan Piper held dual roles with WA Health.
In 2007, prior to his appointment to the CIO position, Alan Piper Consulting won a contract to coordinate all procurement for the Fiona Stanley Hospital, the ABC reported at the time. It is unclear whether or not he will continue to fill this executive contract role now that he is no longer CIO.
He is also a former Director-General of the State’s Department of Justice, but resigned in 2005 after the WA Industrial Relations Commission found that he had unlawfully blocked the promotion of one of his staff.
According to the WA tenders website, the contract appointing Piper Executive Director, Procurement was signed through an open tendering process, and is worth $275 per hour for a maximum of 1,850 hours per year over the life of the project, which is at least six years with options to renew. Fiona Stanley Hospital is currently expected to be completed by April 2014.
The hospital project has an ICT budget of $249 million, expenditure of which has been outsourced to Serco as part of a $4.3 billion deal that encompasses construction work including facilities management and support services.
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