Tech chief sought to handle health

The Ministry of Health is looking for a technology chief to run its IT services and prepare for the arrival of "e-health".

The Ministry of Health is looking for a technology chief to run its IT services and prepare for the arrival of “e-health”.

The newly created CTO position, which will be a direct report to deputy director general of corporate and information Debbie Chin, will involve coordinating the ministry’s data processing, information, strategy and ICT functions, Chin says.

The ministry processes 60 million transactions a year, from doctors’ visits by children under six to prescriptions of subsidised medicines. Its various collections of data, such as the New Zealand Cancer Register and the Health Practitioners’ Index, come under the ambit of the New Zealand Health Information Service.

Strategy is overseen by Mike Rillstone, the ministry’s chief adviser on information and technology.

The CTO will be in charge of ICT, which will service the other activities.

“They’ll be a big part of day-to-day delivery of services and also preparing for delivering e-health.”

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