CHI conference on integration for innovation in health


UK-based telecare specialist Kevin Doughty and South Australia Health CIO David Johnston are two of the keynote speakers at the Innovation in Health conference being organised by the Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) in Melbourne in October.

CHI clinical director and conference host Keith Joe (pictured) said the focus of the two-day conference would be on innovation in health from an integrated perspective, including people, clinical processes, IT and physical environment.

CHI, a not-for-profit business unit of The Alfred Hospital, runs a simulation and education centre with a mock ward and theatre environment to allow IT vendors to understand health, and for healthcare providers to be exposed to contemporary IT solutions.

Dr Joe said the conference is not focused purely on IT but on increasing the understanding of the interplay between technology and the built environment.

“The strength of the conference also lies in the presentation of practical issues and case studies of benefits realised, and issues identified and overcome,” he said.

“We recognise that technology adoption in health is a combination of understanding clinical practice and workflow, understanding the capabilities of technology, appreciating the change management involved, and ensuring the physical environment and infrastructure is in place.”

SA Health's Mr Johnston will provide a keynote presentation on the implementation of AllScript's integrated electronic health record in SA that is beginning to be rolled out.

Dr Doughty, co-director of the Centre for Usable Home Technologies at York and Newcastle universities in the UK and associate editor of the Journal of Assistive Technology, will discuss the business models for eHealth and assisted living that he has developed for primary and community care planning and services.

David Rosser, medical director of the new 1200-bed Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, will discuss the development of the hospital’s technology including electronic medical record, medications management and patient self-registration. He will also discuss the change management, challenges and lessons from the project.

Other speakers include Carolyn Gullery, planning and funding general manager for the Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand, whose role includes promoting collaboration with all healthcare providers, including ambulance, general practitioners, primary and community-based clinicians, hospital-based clinicians and administrators.

Alan Pert and Brian Kidd of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning will provide their views on hospital and disability and dementia facility design.

The conference will involve a number of practical case studies, including:

  • The Royal District Nursing Service's virtual nurse telehealth project, presented by RDNS project manager Matthew Tyler
  • The development and use of body motion sensors by Dan Ronchi, founder and CTO of DorsaVi
  • New options for specialist referrals by Brian Sullivan, founder and managing director of MEDrefer
  • Clinical photography in the mobile era by dermatologist and PicSafe Medi co-developer Ted Carner
  • Health apps using gaming techniques to engage consumers, presented by Aaron Vernon, CTO of Two Bulls.

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 24 and 25. More information is available here (pdf).

Posted in Australian eHealth

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