The public servant in charge of Victoria's mammoth
HealthSmart electronic health initiative has resigned for what the
state's health department today said were personal reasons.
Fiona Wilson had led the troubled project since mid-2003 in her
capacity as the director of the Office of Health Information
Systems within the Victorian Department of Human Services. However
a spokesperson for the department told ZDNet.com.au tonight that Wilson
had grown weary of the regular commute from Auckland where her
HealthSmart was initially funded as a four-year, $320 million
project to update IT systems in hospitals and other medical
facilities right across the entire state. However the state's
auditor-general Des Pearson found earlier this year that it was
running late and substantially over budget.
The state government recently allocated a further $104 million to the project.
The spokesperson praised Wilson's contribution to HealthSmart as
"fantastic" and stressed that the personal reasons had spurred her
departure, which will take effect towards the end of October.
No replacement has yet been appointed. Wilson's office is a
separate entity within the department from the office of Andrew
Howard, the departmental chief information officer.