Former Queensland Health CTO Colin McCririck has been appointed as eHealth Queensland’s CEO and CIO.
The newly created agency is tasked with supporting the ICT needs of the state’s 16 Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) and the Department of Health.
According to McCririck, he was excited about shaping the organisation’s agenda.
“To me eHealth Queensland is about enabling better patient care through digital healthcare - supporting clinical staff in providing excellent healthcare,” he said.
“It's about greater access to information, anywhere, any time - working towards a fully integrated health system, where staff can access information as quickly and close to the patient as possible.”
McCririck said he will be working closely with industry, academia and start-ups to leverage expertise for better outcomes.
One of his first priorities is to strengthen relationships with the HHSs.
“It’s vital we work together to ensure our clinical and business systems, ICT infrastructure and the digital future of Queensland Health meets the needs of our frontline staff, he said.
Queensland earlier this year unveiled its 20-year eHealth strategy.
According to McCririck, this strategy will set the foundation for a digital health system that offers integrated services with timely, secure and reliable access to patient information across both public and private care providers.