13 November 2018
Message from the CEO
Western Australia’s digital health community turned out in force last Friday for the HITWA 2018 conference making it the State’s largest to date. From Health Minister Roger Cook, to Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey and many of the State’s movers and shakers in healthcare, the positive energy was contagious! Thank you to the organising committee and the local branch for ensuring the program was compelling and the discussion truly relevant and timely for WA which is on the brink of a new digital health strategy. 

On a different note, it was interesting to read the outcomes from the first ever health information workforce census, a collaborative project undertaken this year, supported by HISA and other industry partners and led by scholars Dr Kerryn Butler‐Henderson, University of Tasmania, and Associate Professor Kathleen Gray, from the University of Melbourne. The results provide HISA and other organisations with valuable data about the health information workforce at a time when healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on digital health data. You can download the summary report here. It’s clear there is a lot of work ahead of us in this space to support those doing specialised health information work. Thank you to the HISA members who took part. 

Dr Louise Schaper
We are pleased to share the announcement the deadline for MedInfo 2019 submissions has been extended to November 25, 2018.  For more details please visit the website MedInfo 2019 will be held in Lyon, France from August 26 – 30 . MedInfo events are held every two years with HISA winning the bid for 2021 when MedInfo will be held in Sydney. MedInfo is considered the foremost international conference for the science and practice of biomedical informatics. 
Cybersecurity Survey Update
Thank you to our digital health community for participating in HISA’s 2018 Cybersecurity across the Australian Healthcare Sector survey. We received 137 responses and are currently examining the data. We expect to share the findings early in the new year through various online channels including a HISA cybersecurity webinar. In the meantime please contact the cybersecurity community of practice with any questions.
HISA, in collaboration with the University of Queensland Centre for Health Services Research, recently hosted a grand round event in Brisbane for the CXIO Network. The event was well attended and generated a robust discussion on the importance of, and ways to, improve digital quality and safety in healthcare. Speakers included Dr Clair Sullivan, Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Aman Dayal, CIO of Potential(x). This was followed by a panel discussion on career path options for aspiring CXIOs, education suggestions and expectation management, facilitated by Dr George Margelis Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney.

Needed: Children’s football/soccer boots and clothing
HISA CEO, Dr Louise Schaper, is heading to Thailand in December to spend some time with a charity that works with children in remote hill tribes of Northern Thailand.

"The kids are mad for soccer / football and have asked if I could take with me as many second-hand kids soccer shoes as I can carry. I’d like to take a suitcase full of them so if you have any spare soccer shoes that you can donate, please let me know. Second-hand clothes would also be welcomed (all sizes and shapes), so any clothes you can spare will also be gratefully received by the kids (age range from 4 to late teens). Most of the 400 children are orphans and they all live in extreme poverty. Borderless Friendship is a fantastic organisation and gives 100% of all donations to the children – not a single dollar is spent on ‘admin’ expenses, as it is run by volunteers. You can find out more at Borderless Friendship.

Thanks. If you have stuff I can take with me, please just email me ceo@hisa.org.au."
When you are a member of HISA, Australia’s digital health community you:

  • Stay connected and informed about developments in the digital health movement, nationally and internationally.
  • Have opportunities to engage and influence the national agenda for health reform

  • Enjoy networking, learning and education at a local and national level

  • Have discounted rates to participate in the national conference series bringing you shoulder-to-shoulder with national and global health leaders

  • Are supported in your professional development by becoming a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA)
Have you presented your research at HIC in the last few years? Your work can be shared with the wider community. You are invited to submit to the HISA Journal Club for publication.
This presentation will provide a unique perspective on the implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for medical imaging. We will review the motivations and origins of artificial intelligence in medical imaging, outline the fundamentals of neural networks, and describe several clinical examples of AI methods and their application. These methods are being developed for all phases of diagnostic imaging work flow, including for test selection, image enhancement, imaging triage, image quality control, computer-aided detection, computer-aided diagnosis, and improved communication. We will balance the AI hype by analysing key pitfalls of machine learning methods, and close with predictions for the likely future of AI in clinical imaging practice.
When: Tuesday 13 November 2018 @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM ( TODAY)

Where: GoTo Webinar

Contact: Sharlene Gunatilake
03 9326 3311

Integrating sensors and wearables into mainstream of healthcare: opportunities, issues & considerations
You are invited to meet Dr Kendall Ho , an emergency medical specialist at the Vancouver General Hospital and a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He leads the Digital Emergency Medicine Unit, and researches sensors and wearables in health care settings, health apps to improve patient care, virtual health to support care access, and raising digital health literacy for health professionals and patients. 

The meeting will be followed by the ACHI AGM.
When: Monday 19 November 2018 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Where: University of Melbourne, Sanderson Room
Cnr of Grattan St and Royal Parade
Carlton, Victoria  3056

Contact: Sharlene Gunatilake
03 9326 3311
You're invited!

The HISA QLD Committee invites you to join us for end-of-year drinks at a networking event to celebrate the successes made at the end of a great year.                 

This event is a chance to catch up with your colleagues and fellow HISA QLD members.

When: Thursday 22 November 2018 @ 5:00PM

Where: Isles Lane Brisbane
Shop 10a/300 Queen St
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000

Contact: Sharlene Gunatilake
03 9326 3311
You're invited!

Join the HISA VIC Committee for end-of-year drinks to celebrate the successes and progress made during 2018.                 

It is a chance to network and catch up with your colleagues and fellow HISA VIC members.

Why not bring your friends and introduce them to HISA?
When: Friday 30 November 2018 @ 6:00PM

Where: Diesel Bar Melbourne
Level 1, 202 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Contact: Sharlene Gunatilake
03 9326 3311
You're invited!

This session will illustrate how innovations in cloud-based platforms such as AWS, data integration and the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence can help researchers cope with analysing the burgeoning genomic data required for diagnosis. These technologies have the potential to help better sub-classify and diagnose disease, while also breaking down data barriers to provide clinicians with timely access to the information required to deliver targeted clinical care.  

Afterwards, join the HISA NSW Committee for end-of-year drinks to celebrate the successes and progress made during 2018.
When: Thursday 6 December 2018 6:00 - 8:00PM

Where: Macquarie Health
Sydney, New South Wales  2040

Contact: Sharlene Gunatilake
03 9326 3311
We are currently accepting expressions of interest to present at Australia's premier virtual health conference, ATC. The conference will be taking place in Brisbane on 3-4 April 2019.
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