Message from the CEO At a time when the implementation of the Governments MyHR is generating debate across the country, its worth reflecting on the digital health advancements Australia has made and how HISA members have been part of the journey. In 2018, our 25th anniversary year, we are continuing to stay focused on the big picture. HISA members are passionate advocates for better health through the use of digital information and technologies. For HISA, the conversation is always about how we are going to ensure better patient care.
HISA members are aware of the risks and consequences of the lack of information sharing in healthcare and have dedicated their careers to reducing those risks. Since the Governments announcement in 2010 on the proposed establishment of individual electronic health records, many HISA members have worked and are still working tirelessly, on improving access to health information for clinicians and patients. Thanks to the work of HISAs founding members and others like them, in Australia and around the globe, there is a wealth of knowledge and health informatics experience underpinning the digital health movement and the transformation of the health system.
The MyHR is an important step on this journey. A healthcare system that continues to work in silos is not good for patients. The MyHR will be invaluable in bringing together the fragmented stories of our personal health journeys. For the first time, it will bring providers, individual patients and their carers together and give us access to our own health information. And that is a legacy of which we should all be proud.
Choose your HISA leaders: Voting is now underway for the HISA Board. We have had a great response with 12 nominations for the four positions available. This is your opportunity to have a say in Australias digital health future. E-voting closes on Friday 27 July. The results will be announced at the AGM on Tuesday 31 July during HIC. Members can view the Board Nominee Statements and vote here.
The results of HISAs 2017 cybersecurity survey have been discussed over some months at branch meetings and webinars and now the published version has been made available online. There were 157 responses to the survey from a cross-section of organisations.
HISAs Innovating Health Series partnerAccenture will run its Global HealthTech Challenge in Australia and New Zealand for the first time. The challenge brings together the worlds top health leaders with emerging startup companies to design innovative, customer-ready offerings to tackle todays health challenges. Accenture will combine a team of executive judges from leading health and life sciences organisations in an Australia New Zealand regional pitch round on November 15th 2018 in Sydney. The top two Finalists will be provided with coaching and mentoring and invited to compete in the invite-only StartUp Health Festival during the JP Morgan Healthcare Investor conference in San Francisco January 7th, 2019 to network with global peers, investors and leading influencers. For more details and to apply, click here!
The 12th Australasian Conference on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management(HIKM) has opened its call for submissions. HIKM has been a leading forum for academic research in the area of computing in support of healthcare in the Pacific Australasian region for over a decade. The conference will take place January 29 to February 2 2019 in Sydney, Australia.
Abstract and full paper submissions due 17 August 2018. Tutorial/Workshop Proposals due 10 October 2018.
Patient care is advancing incredibly quickly with better engagement, better outcomes and new more integrated models of care; increasingly driven by the availability of new technologies, increasing availability of data and advances in ways of using it. The pace of change through this fourth industrial revolution is so great that to stay informed you can no longer rely on reading journals or trying to filter through innumerable social media posts. You need to attend at least one major conference a year and here is why I think HIC is the one to attend.
Women in healthcare Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australias health care sector. The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Find out more and register your interest by completing an EOI by 7 September, 2018.
NSW, its your time to shine! This event showcases four PhD students from a range of universities and their research in health informatics: Milan Vaghasiya, Rajvir Kaur, Naveenaa Sampath, and Maryke Steffens.