Tim Kelsey, former National Director for Patients and Information at the UK’s NHS, has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).
The announcement was made by Minister for Health Sussan Ley, who recently announced the formation of the ADHA. Overall, the Agency and Kelsey will be charged with collaborating with enterprise to foster digital transformation in health.
On top of participating in health transformation projects in the UK, most recently Kelsey headed up Strategy at Telstra Health. His new appointment would appear to be mutually beneficial for both parties, with Telstra Health tweeting: “Congratulations Tim on the new gig, we’ll miss you at @telstrahealth but look forward to working to transform health.”
Congratulations Tim on the new gig, we’ll miss you at @telstrahealth but look forward to working to transform health https://t.co/h15dhO6NlF
— Telstra Health (@telstrahealth) August 1, 2016
In a statement, Minister Ley said that Kelsey and the new Agency would be 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.”
Speaking on the appointment of Kelsey, Minister Ley said Kelsey “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.”
On a positive note for Kelsey and his new team, the Government’s recent re-launch of My Health Record has seen some short-term success. Already 17% of Australians have opted into the new service which acts as a health portal of information for the individual.
Speaking of its success, Minister Ley said that “in the past four weeks alone, there has been an average of 2,200 new registrations every day, or one new My Health Record created every 38 seconds.”
“With a My Health Record, both a patient and their healthcare professional can gain immediate access to important health information online.”