The National E-Health Transition Authority has nicked a top technology executive from the National Australia Bank to be its new chief executive.
Peter Fleming will take the reins at the nation's peak e-health agency on 29 September, relieving acting chief
executive Andrew Howard, who has been seconded from Victoria's Human
Services Department for the past few months, where he was CIO. He will be returning to that
role after he has conducted an extensive handover, according to a
Fleming is currently general manager technology, business
integration with NAB. He has also held a CIO position with both
Mayne Group and Colonial Group.
NEHTA's previous long-standing CEO, Ian Reinecke, quit the group in early April this year.
The appointment of a new CEO followed that in July of a
new chair, David Gonski, who said the board was looking forward to
working with Fleming.
Also in July, NEHTA held the
first meeting of its Stakeholder Reference Forum which aimed to improve the
organisation's engagement with key stakeholders, including state
health agencies, the Department of Health and Aging and several
other clinician stakeholder groups and consumer
The Forum was set up in part as a response to a
review by the Boston Consulting Group published last
Members of the forum signed a non-disclosure agreement which
bound them from talking about specific topics, however some
information was released.
The major priorities agreed upon at the first meeting were the
development of an e-health business case for consideration by the
Council of Australian Governments meeting in October this year, as
well as devising a five-year plan.
The first major e-health implementations the group wanted NEHTA
to focus on were developing systems for electronic discharge
summaries, pathology reports, specialist referrals and medication
management. Liam Tung contributed to this article