VeHN holding pitch panel for commercialisation

The Victorian eHealth Network (VeHN) is holding a breakfast meeting later this month with Commercialisation Australia specifically for companies working in the local health IT industry, followed by a members-only pitch panel to pitch their commercialisation proposal to a panel of case managers.

Commercialisation Australia is a government agency that provides a competitive assistance program of funding and resources to help Australian companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors looking to commercialise innovative intellectual property.

VeHN will host the breakfast on February 28, outlining what financial and other assistance is available from Commercialisation Australia and its programs. The pitch panel will take place at a later date and is open to VeHN members only.

VeHN president Chris Gray said members will have the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panel of Commercialisation Australia’s case managers, and to obtain valuable feedback.

The breakfast is one of a number of events planned this year by VeHN, which is one of Victoria's ICT Industry Clusters of Excellence. First established in 2008, the VeHN was provided seed funding in 2010 by the Victorian government’s ICT Linkages program.

The Industry Clusters of Excellence cover a range of sectors within the IT industry including gaming, eLearning and eHealth.

Late last year, the VeHN held a showcase of 20 local vendors, both large and small, and holds regular monthly functions to bring disparate individuals and organisations together.

“Whether you are government or in education or research or a small or large commercial organisation, the idea was really to come together to understand and share the capability of the Victorian eHealth industry,” Mr Gray said.

“If there needs to be an industry briefing on the PCEHR, for example, we have NEHTA come in and report to us. We have roundtables on what the Victorian Department of Health is doing in eHealth and we have had CIOs in from hospitals to do roundtable lunches for members.

“We have also done things like have UK Trade and Investment come in and talk about opportunities for collaboration between the UK and Australia in eHealth.”

In addition to the breakfast and pitch panel, VeHN is planning to hold a further member roundtable with health and government officials in 2013 to discuss what is happening in eHealth at a state and national level, he said.

“In April there is the Big Data conference organised by HISA and we are aiming to have something for members then,” Mr Gray said. “We did the same last year when HISA ran a telehealth conference in Melbourne and we held a VeHN breakfast as part of that conference.”

VeHN is also planning to conduct a twilight tour of Melbourne's Centre for Health Innovation, which features the latest technologies and how they are used in health.

“In the second half of the year we'll do a regional event about eHealth in Bendigo or Ballarat and we certainly want to be able to do an update on the eHealth program. The Victorian government is moving towards an eServices register and we want to be able to promote that to our members.”

VeHN will also hold another showcase of members, in which companies are invited to do a five-minute presentation of their capabilities and to network with industry, researchers and government, Mr Gray said.

“At the end of last year we had a showcase of members and we had a few people come in to talk about the wider eHealth industry, so we had Peter Fleming from NEHTA; Peter Williams, who leads eHealth for the Victorian Department of Health; we had Telstra come in to talk about what they saw as the future of eHealth in Australia.

“Then we had 20 of our members who got up and did a five-minute presentation on their capabilities and how they are working together. We had seating capability for 100 and we had to turn away another 50 or 60 people. That was our biggest event and it was an event that really showed the eHealth capabilities in Victoria.

“The benefit is people being able to collaborate with each other – for example, you do something in telehealth and I do something in clinical with the GPs, potentially we can do something together.”

Presentations from last year's showcase are available at VeHN's website.

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