28 October 2016

Message from the CEO: No more flying blind

The newly released report   Flying Blind: Australian Consumers and Digital Health challenges us to re-think the way the health system works. As consumers navigate a confusing, fragmented world of healthcare, it presents an urgent call to action for the nation.  Produced by the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Canberra, it says the positioning of consumers as owners of their health data must be entrenched if we are to unlock data from silos. And it promotes a lightly engineered, iterative approach to deliver immediate benefits, avoiding costly mistakes and dead-ends. What's the light at the end of the tunnel? Consistent and targeted, real-time, personalised healthcare for all Australians as well as improved evidence-based systems planning and management and research.
If you haven't already done so, take a moment to review this powerful first instalment in a series which looks to offer a great deal to the national conversation about changing the way we deliver healthcare.  Along with other reading and resources, you can find the report on HISA's Innovating Health initiative.

A shout out to Dr Annie Lau from Macquarie University who has been awarded one of the inaugural Women in Research Citation Awards for her work in the field of health informatics - congratulations! 

Dr Louise Schaper, PhD CHIA FACHI

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One week to go until Perth's premier ICT conference

Digital agency executive to address delegates
The Australian Digital Health Agency's Dr Monica Trujillo, Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance will speak at HITWA 2016.
This is a great opportunity for Perth health professionals to hear first-hand the Agency plan for consumer and clinician engagement.   Her appearance follows a visit to Perth this month by Agency CEO Tim Kelsey who met with key stakeholders.
Register now for HITWA 2016 which takes place at the Perth Convention Centre on Friday 4 November.

Action item: Western Australia branch survey for 2017 planning

Following the great feedback from those attending our 2016 HISA WA professional development events, we need your input to assist with our 2017 planning efforts.   Whether or not you attended an event in the past year, we invite you to complete this short survey by COB Monday 31 October. Results  will be shared during the HITWA Conference on Friday 4 November 2016. 

Time to get involved in cybersecurity for healthcare

HISA is getting a good response to the announcement it is forming a special interest group which will identify - and tackle - the latest cybersecurity challenges in healthcare. It's not too late to join the group so  if cybersecurity is on your radar, please complete this Expression of Interest to get involved. READ MORE

Health information peaks to hold planning Summit

Employers and stakeholders with an interest in the future of health information professionals in the Australian health system are invited to a Summit in Melbourne on Friday 11 November. The summit is hosted by health information workforce peak organisations.  The goal is to  develop a joint action plan to address HIW shortages and meet configuration changes required by e-health reform and the rapid digitisation of health information.  READ MORE

Clinical decision support hits the mark at HISA Breakfast 

A highly successful HISA Breakfast Series event was held in Sydney last week on the topic of clinical decision support and variability of care. Sponsored by Elsevier Australia, it featured Chief Medical Officer for Elsevier Dr Peter Edelstein (centre) and clinical practice solutions leader for India Dr Ujjwal Rao (right). They are pictured with Greg Moran, from HISA.

Events calendar

Western Australia's premier e-health and digital health event. Perth, WA Friday 4 November
Pathology Informatics Seminar
Surry Hills NSW
9-10 November
HIC and Health Data Analytics reprise
23 November
Networking, end-of-year event
25 November
Networking, end-of-year event
25 November
Data linkage presentation and end-of-year event
Sydney 1 December
Australia's premier telehealth conference
27-28 April 2017
16th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics Xiamen, China 21-25 August 2017


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