A police probe into a case involving long-time NT Health CIO Stephen Moo, which was referred for investigation by the Northern Territory’s health department, is underway a week after Moo’s abrupt resignation and departure from the board of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

But the police investigation does not relate to the $259 million contract to overhaul the Territory’s health information technologies, awarded to InterSystems in June, the NT Government has told Healthcare IT News Australia.

The tender process for the five-year project designed to replace four obsolete critical clinical systems is not related to the case, according to the NT’s Department of Corporate and Information Services.

“The Core Clinical Systems Renewal Program tender process has been managed strictly in accordance with the NT Government Procurement Framework. The entire process was subject to oversight by independent probity advisors,” a department spokesperson said.

Moo was with NT Health for almost 37 years and had served as chairman of the National Health CIO Forum. He has not been charged.

The well-known healthcare IT expert and principal architect of what is widely regarded as one of the most advanced digital healthcare infrastructures in Australia resigned last Monday, surprising the sector and apparently unravelling his career.

“The Australian Digital Health Agency was informed of Mr Moo’s resignation on 18 September 2017, also ceasing his appointment as a member on the Agency Board,” an Australian Digital Health Agency spokesperson told Healthcare IT News Australia.

The health department’s referral is being handled by an NT Police unit that investigates allegations of corruption, politically sensitive matters and serious conflicts of interest.

“The Northern Territory Police Special References Unit has received a referral from the Department of Health. That referral is currently subject to assessment and no further information is available at this time,” a police spokesperson said.

According to the NT News, which broke the news of the police inquiry, Moo — then a director of Modular Medical Products — was cleared in a 2003 Justice Department inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest relating to the procurement of medical equipment for NT Health.

Meanwhile, this week the Territory government appointed Queensland Health technology director Sandie Matthews as head of its new Office of Digital Government. Matthews will be responsible for instituting a whole-of-government ICT strategy in the only jurisdiction without one.



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