The Victorian Department of Human Services has appointed
a new CIO of health services who will also lead up the state's HealthSmart electronic health
Dr Andrew Howard, not the same Andrew Howard who holds the CIO
position for the whole department and had previously been acting National E-Health Transition Authority
CEO, will start next week.
A spokesperson for the Department of Human Services was sure
there would be ample confusion caused by the two like-named
The incoming CIO's role will include taking responsibility of
HealthSmart, filling the shoes of Fiona Wilson who
left last September.
HealthSmart began as a four-year, $320 million
project to update IT systems in hospitals and other medical facilities
right across Victoria, but has encountered deadline and budget problems.
Howard has had a medical career within the Victorian public
health system, the spokesperson said, but has also held positions
in the private sector at corporations such as NEC.