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22 August 2017

Dr Louise Schaper

Message from the CEO
Greetings from Hangzhou, China! I’m at MedInfo 2017, the 16th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics hosted by IMIA, the International Medical Informatics Association. As HISA is officially shortlisted to host MedInfo 2021 in Sydney we are making our best endeavours along with the NSW Government to present Australia’s bid here in China this week. Part of our personal presentation to IMIA is our pitch video with contributions from some of Australia’s leading health informaticians. Thank you to all those members and stakeholders who have greatly supported our bid. Watch this space!

-   NEWS    -

HISA responded to the groundswell of interest in cybersecurity by launching a dedicated Community of Practice this year. Now that group is seeking stakeholder and community input through a survey designed to understand the state of current cybersecurity practices in Australian healthcare.

Innovating Health
ACHI launches fellowship program
An Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program has been launched by ACHI to support career pathways.

Go Fund Me by Regina Hall
Inspirational artist and advocate Regina Holliday has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover some of the costs of The Walking Gallery. “I do not charge for the painting I do - it is a mission and a labour of love, but paint costs money and so does shipping.”

Donate here.
Armchair Medical

HISA members are eligible to apply for a scholarship to undertake a health informatics degree at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The Bachelor of e-Health (Health Informatics) Professional Honours will be offered on a scholarship basis. Applications open from September with the course commencing in February 2018. The online degree is a two-year part-time course.

Is your digital health project safe?
Australia's first eSafety Professional Practice Guidelines for digital health implementations were launched at HIC and are now available online for purchase. They are edited by HISA members David Rowlands, Dr John Zelcer, and Prof Trish Williams. View now on the online bookshop.

Nurses a large player in digital health revolution
Nurses have a unique leadership role in ensuring a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health for all Australians. A joint position paper released at the Nursing Informatics Australia conference @HIC by Australia's peak bodies for nursing and digital health says as the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce, nurses need to be recognised and acknowledged for their enabling role in the digital health movement.

-   BRANCH NEWS    -

NSW branch is meeting on Thursday (24 August) from 6pm at Macquarie Health in Moore St, Leichardt to hear PhD students presenting health informatics research at the cutting edge.

WA branch committee will host an open meeting for members next Tuesday 29 August at 189 Royal Street from 5pm – 6pm. All welcome! Be involved in planning for the next year.

-   EVENTS    -

Thank you to all HIC delegates who attended the recent Digital Hospital Design session sponsored by CISCO during HIC on Monday 7 August. CISCO will soon be launching a series of webinars through HISA and it would be great to have you attend. Please register to be invited to attend these specialised webinars. If Digital Hospital design is your area of interest then don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Melbourne Makeathon for Assistive Technology Registrations are open for the annual TOM event – the Melbourne Makeathon for Assistive Technology – being held in Melbourne December 1-3, 2017.

TOM develops innovative technology prototypes for the needs of people with disabilities and is held in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.

Call for Papers
The 11th Australasian Conference on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) will be held in Brisbane, 29 January - 2 February 2018.

HISA member webinars have an international flavour
On 30 August, Prof Trish Williams, from Flinders University, an internationally recognised expert on medical information security, will present on Australia’s vision and focus in the area.

On 20 September, Andy Kinnear Director of Digital Transformation, NHS CSU, will speak on the role of healthcare CIOs in the UK.

On 25 October, Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President CIO, Cook Children’s Health Care System (USA) will discuss the US cybersecurity taskforce report.


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HIC 29 Jul - 1 Aug

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