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New appointee to help drive eHealth innovation

The appointment of Professor Keith McNeil to the newly created role of Assistant Deputy Director General and Chief Medical Information Officer is set to further drive patient safety, quality improvement and clinical improvement agendas across Queensland.

Deputy Director General of Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division Dr John Wakefield said the new role required a high level of technical competency combined with substantial clinical and managerial experience in order to combine expert medical insights with a whole system perspective.

“Keith is a very good fit for this position – he offers a wealth of both clinical and executive management experience, having previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, CEO at RBWH and Health Service Chief Executive at Metro North,” Dr Wakefield said.

“Keith will play a critical role in leading the governance of the state-wide eHealth program.

“He will also work with key stakeholders to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks associated with the use of information technology in clinical practice.

“It is important we have the correct fit for the role as it requires someone who is highly knowledgeable from a clinical perspective and is able to act with agility and flexibility to pursue outcomes in a timely and strategic manner.

“Keith brings a rare and valuable combination of skills and experience to the role including being an internationally recognised transplant specialist.

“In addition to his roles here in Queensland, he has also held key positions in the NHS in the United Kingdom, currently as the NHS's first Chief Clinical Information Officer and Head of IT, and previously as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

“His knowledge of, and relationships within, the Queensland Health system combined with his impressive experience in healthcare delivery and eHealth will be a key asset in ensuring that the rollout of eHealth across our hospitals over the next few years will be done safely with maximum benefit for patients and clinicians.”

Professor McNeil is expected to take up his appointment before the end of the year.

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Last updated: 9 August 2017