Australian Digital Health Agency appoints new chief technology officer

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The Australian Digital Health Agency has appointed Dr Malcolm Thatcher as its new chief technology officer

Dr Thatcher previously servied in Queensland based information and e-health roles.

CEO Amanda Cattermole said, “Dr Thatcher will bring to the Agency not only deep technical skills and a long history in a range of public and private health environments, but also a passion for leadership to help take the Agency forward at this exciting time in digital health.

"I look forward to his contribution to the National Digital Health Strategy and a better connected healthcare system that enables healthcare providers to access and share important patient information such as pathology and diagnostic imaging results, current and past prescriptions, and medical history.

“Dr Thatcher will also bring his skills and experience to support the key role of digital health in Australia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

“I am joining the Agency at a time when digital health has proven how integral it is to meeting the nation’s healthcare challenges and supporting improved healthcare outcomes," said Dr Thatcher.

“What really impresses me is the Agency’s core focus on building the digital skills of healthcare providers and consumers so they can maximise the benefits of technology.”

Dr Thatcher will start in the role on Monday 8 February. He is the first senior appointment by Ms Cattermole since she started at the agency in September 2020.