The Australian government’s digital health agency has announced the resignation of its chief executive officer and the appointment of an interim CEO while it searches for a permanent replacement.

Tim Kelsey

The Australian Digital Health Agency announced the resignation of Tim Kelsey last month.

Mr Kelsey, who became CEO in 2016, has led the digital health agency through the rollout of the My Health Record to more than 22 million Australians and the introduction of e-prescribing.

The following week the agency announced its former chief operating officer Bettina McMahon as incoming interim CEO.

Ms McMahon recently announced her resignation after 10 years at the agency and its predecessor the National E-Health Transition Authority but has delayed her departure until a permanent CEO is found.

Bettina McMahon

As COO Ms McMahon was responsible for leading industry, government and jurisdictional engagement for the agency, driving adoption and delivering digital health programs.

Mr Kelsey will finish up as CEO on 17 January and Ms McMahon will commence as interim CEO on 17 February.

ADHA national health chief information officer Ronan O’Connor will act as CEO for the period in between.

The ADHA said the search for a permanent CEO will commence in January.

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