Health systems of the future workshop for WA

The Western Australian branches of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) are co-hosting a conference on health informatics in Perth on October 19 and are looking for leaders and presenters for two workshops on health informatics.

The Health Information and Technology WA conference (HITWA) is a biennial event that attracts practitioners, academics, industry professionals and others with an interest and passion for all things health informatics. HITWA 2012 will be the fifth consecutive forum to be held in Perth.

In addition to several plenary sessions, the organisers are also running two workshops, one on enabling eHealth decision support and the other on addressing barriers and challenges in health systems of the future.

The organisers are seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to lead and/or present within one of these workshops. Expression of interest form must be received by the close of business on Friday, June 18.

Workshop 1, Enabling eHealth Decision Support, will be facilitated by Nigel Chartres and will cover projects currently underway in WA that make use of, or contribute to, the national eHealth system to improve clinical decision making.

“The intention of this workshop is both inform the community on what is going on in WA and to provide participants with ideas that can be adopted in their own healthcare environments,” HISA's conference coordinator, Carolyn Lawson, said. “To this end we are inviting you to share with the WA health informatics community the projects that may fit this brief.”

Workshop 2, Health Systems of the Future – Addressing Barriers & Challenges & Creating Opportunities into the Future, facilitated by Trish Williams, aims to “look over the horizon” in terms of how we best go about addressing current and perceived barriers to eHealth adoption, Ms Lawson said.

“Therefore we are looking for a couple of good 'scene setters', where people are either exploring new ideas or seeking to significantly improve existing service delivery models by really addressing problems and issues … The intention of this workshop is, ideally, to have a couple of 'provocative' type presentations so that we can facilitate some lively discussions about preferred futures.

Expressions of interest can be lodged on the HISA website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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