Panel on IT solutions to link aged, acute and primary care

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is holding a panel discussion on how to better link aged, acute and primary care in Sydney next week.

Panellists will include Stephen Leeder, professor of public health and community medicine at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and board director of the Western Sydney Local Health District; Sue Hanson, national director of clinical services at Little Company of Mary Health Care; Heather McDonald, measurement and validation manager at NEHTA; and Ross Low, CEO of Baptist Community Services.

The lunchtime session will discuss how to better support the movement of patients between the health sectors, particularly those patients that move between aged care, primary care and acute care.

The AIIA said the forum was designed to explore the policy, funding and technical issues constraining the sharing of information between the primary care setting, the acute setting and aged care, and how these could be addressed.

The forum will discuss:

  • What data is clinically relevant across all sectors?
  • How could the movement/transfer of data between the sectors better support the patient journey?
  • What are the existing barriers to sharing information across the sectors, including the challenges of public and private health?
  • What are some of the unique challenges that each sector faces in deploying systems? Are the common challenges that have been solved in other industries?
  • What incentives exist or should be considered to encourage more active sharing of health information?

The AIIA NSW Healthcare forum on Linking Aged Care, Acute Health & Primary Health will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on Wednesday, August 21. See the AIIA website for more details.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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