My Health Record chief quits

Tim Kelsey to leave in January 2020

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The chief executive of the agency charged with operating the national eHealth record system will depart in January 2020.

The Australian Digital Health Agency announced today that its CEO, Tim Kelsey, had resigned. The ADHA operates the My Health Record system.

Kelsey joined the agency in 2016 shortly after it was established as a successor to the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA).

As CEO he has overseen the roll out of My Health Record to 22 million individuals, with the system shifting from being opt-in to opt-out following 2015 trials. That shift and some privacy settings of the system were a source of controversy, with the government last year passing legislation allowing individuals to request deletion of their record and requiring a warrant for police access to My Health Record data.

During Kelsey’s term the agency “has done much to be proud of,” an ADHA statement said.

“The Agency Board will shortly be appointing an interim CEO while a recruitment process is undertaken to find Mr Kelsey’s successor,” the agency said.

“The Board is engaging with the Agency to ensure staff are supported during this time of change and will be taking all appropriate steps to ensure the ongoing management of the Agency’s business.”

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