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Dr. John Lambert named as new NSW eHealth CCIO

by Chris Huckstepp •
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The search for NSW eHealth Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) has been finalised, with Dr. John Lambert, Intensive Care Director at Western NSW Local Health District, to take up the position from 18 August 2014, according to an eHealth Space newsletter.

As outlined in the 2013 NSW Health Blueprint for eHealth (the Blueprint), the position of Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) is designed to foster collaboration between clinicians and eHealth specialists.

The Blueprint identified the CCIO as responsible to “engage clinicians in the process of setting eHealth strategies, planning and delivery of eHealth clinical solutions, and bolster the new organisation’s clinical informatics capability.”

Lambert will work to “make sure that clinicians have the eHealth tools they need to provide the best possible care to patients and the community,” according to the Blueprint.  

Michael Walsh was appointed in the joint role of Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer (CIO) eHealth before its formal establishment on 1 July 2014.  

Intermedium reported in May 2014 that Walsh was acting Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW, previous to that he was the Director-General of Queensland Health where he was tasked with the payroll remediation project following the disastrous roll-out in 2010.

Health Minister, Jillian Skinner stated in December 2013 that $1.5 billion had been set aside for eHealth over the next ten years. A $400 million commitment has been made to the body over the next three years.

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