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25 July 2017

Dr Louise Schaper

Message from the CEO
The momentum is building towards HIC 2017, HISA’s annual conference less than two weeks away in Brisbane, August 6-9. The Queensland branch and digital health community more broadly have warmly welcomed the return of HIC. With 100 new CHIAs soon to emerge from across Queensland Health, there is an exciting groundswell of change and innovation brimming in the State. To quote from the HIC 2017 Chair Dr Mal Thatcher, the Number 1 reason why you need to be at HIC 2017 is all about building your skills and competencies. “The confluence of digital technologies and the biological sciences requires strong clinical and information governance as well as new skills and competencies in digital health. HIC is your opportunity to improve and maintain your digital health competencies as well as network with digital health leaders from across Australia and overseas”.

I join with the Chair in urging health professionals, technology professionals and health executives to come to HIC and learn about clinical care and patient experience in the digital age, national developments and policies, and the information and technology impacting every one of us in Australian healthcare.

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Vote online!
Members are invited to vote for the HISA Board through e-voting. If you haven’t placed your vote yet there is still time. You can read about the candidates by reviewing their Board Nominee Statements. E-voting will close Friday 4 August 2017 at 5pm AWST. The results will be announced at the AGM on Tuesday 8 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre commencing at 12.50pm. Place your vote here.


Be a Nursing Informatics Leader on a Global Stage - Expressions of interest are now being called for an NIA member to undertake the NIA IMIA-NI (International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics SIG) representative role for 2017 – 2020. If you are a HISA member and a nurse registered with AHPRA you are invited to submit your expression of interest. Closing date: 3 August 2017.

Innovating Health
Online voting is open for all HISA members to decide the committee and treasurer positions of Nursing Informatics Australia. There are 12 nominations for three available positions. To place your vote: click Here, login to the HISA member portal and cast your vote. E-voting closes 5.00pm AEST on Thursday 4 August 2017.

Hacking Health
The Hacking Health @HIC Practice Pitch Night is tomorrow (26 July) from 5.30-7pm in Brisbane at the QUT foundry. Projects and teams can understand more about how the event will work, see the international connections including Brazil’s involvement and network with like-minded people. Projects only have one minute to pitch their projects at the start of Hacking Health so the Practice Pitch night is wonderful opportunity to finetune your message. No cost to attend - however please register for catering purposes. Hacking Health takes place during HIC 2017 August 6-9.
Armchair Medical

NSW branch is bringing together young researchers for an event on Thursday 24 August at 6:00PM at Macquarie Health. It will feature current PhD candidates from a range of universities, and will be the first HISA event to take place after HIC; this is one not to be missed.

HISA’s breakfast series continued with a successful event in Brisbane, sponsored by Truven, focused on the application of health data analytics and how clinical data surveillance in the antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention and therapeutic drug monitoring setting can assist faster patient interventions.

Thank you to our special guest speakers: Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, Director of the AMP program at Queensland Health and Priscilla Rogers, Senior Manager of the Cognitive Health & Life Sciences Research team at IBM Research, with Andy Lo, from Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Going to China for MedInfo?
Members who are registered or thinking of attending MedInfo 2017 which takes place 21-25 August in Hangzhou are invited to get in touch with HISA. There will be a HISA contingent at IMIA’s 16th world congress where our bid to host MedInfo 2021 will be decided. As you know HISA is already shortlisted to host the conference in Sydney. Email us to be connected and stay tuned for more info on our bid.

PhD Student Enquiry
A University of Melbourne PhD student is seeking a case regarding use of patient-generated health data captured through consumer wearables (not medical grade) in clinical care. Any health professionals whether in hospitals, outpatient clinics, primary care, etc. who are using data from such devices is invited to contact HISA. Digital health community support welcome!

Do you have a keen interest in the transformation of Australian healthcare and especially hospitals? Within hospitals, the availability of data, both mobile and fixed is becoming a powerful and growing force for innovation. But are we able to capture these opportunities to innovate? What the bridges to enable success? Don’t miss the Digital Hospital Transformation Forum during HIC 2017.

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