Inaugural participatory health conference to be held at HIC

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is organising a new conference on participatory health, to run alongside the Health Informatics Conference (HIC) in Melbourne in August.

The inaugural Participatory Health (PH) conference will be held alongside regular associated events such as the Digital Hospital Design Conference and those on Nursing Informatics, Indigenous Informatics and Aged Care Informatics.

The PH Conference will cover new technologies that allow patients to collect data about their own body and health, manage this information, and to share it with family and clinicians.

Some of the topics that will be covered include social media and patient on-line communities, personal genome services, self-monitoring and quantification, personal health records, crowd-sourced clinical trials, patient reported outcomes and gamification.

Expressions of interest in attending or speaking at Participatory Health are now open. It will be held on Monday, August 11, ahead of the main HIC conference.

The Nursing Informatics Australia conference (NIA), which will also be held on August 11, has as its theme “Smart phones, smart tablets, smart nurses”, with a focus on how eHealth is changing healthcare.

The organisers of NIA have issued a call for submissions for the conference's peer-reviewed presentations.

Expressions of interest for speaking at or participating in the Indigenous Informatics conference on August 11 are now open, and for the Aged Care Informatics conference, which will take place during the main HIC conference on August 13.

A program and theme for the Digital Healthcare Design Conference will be available soon.

HISA has called for submissions for HIC 2014, in both the industry/clinical and academic/scientific streams. The theme this year is Investing in eHealth: people, knowledge and technology for a health future. The call for papers closes on March 17.

HISA has also released a preliminary program for Big Data 2014, which will be held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park from April 3 to 4.

Concurrent streams on the first day will cover big data analysis and from big data to big insights.

A privacy debate – involving three speakers each for the affirmative and negative, along with a 30-minute facilitated discussion – will be held at the end of the first day.

The second day will involve a data visualisation showcase, along with concurrent streams on clinical genomics and harnessing big data.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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