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Statement from Queensland Health Director-General Michael Walsh

This morning, I provided allegations to a senior eHealth Queensland executive about a potential undeclared conflict of interest regarding an alleged relationship with a staff member involved with the Patient Administration System replacement.

The allegations are not related to the rollout of the state’s digital hospital system – the Integrated Electronic Medical Record (ieMR) system.

The information has been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission who is investigating.

The Patient Administration System records and retrieves non-clinical related information about patients, and is not part of the ieMR project.

The Department of Health will not proceed further with the current process for a replacement Patient Administration System. This will mean we will not have a replacement system in place as quickly as we’d like but the procurement must be beyond reproach.

I want to acknowledge the professionalism and work of the staff in the eHealth Queensland-based Patient Administration System replacement team.

I expect all of Queensland Health’s 90,000 staff to meet the highest possible standards.

Today, the eHealth Chief Executive resigned for personal reasons.

The Department will not comment further on the investigation into the issue while it is ongoing with the CCC.

ENDS

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Last updated: 31 January 2019