Hossack heads MSIA as it enters 20th year

Extensia CEO Emma Hossack has been elected as the new president of the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) as it gets set to celebrate its 20th year in 2015.

At the MSIA's annual forum and general meeting last week, a new board was elected to see the organisation through the next two years, with a focus on strengthening the MSIA as a respected and representative voice for the industry and organising a celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Ms Hossack, who takes over from immediate past president Jenny O'Neill, said the MSIA had attracted a number of new members to the board who will complement the more experienced members.

“This reflects the growing stature of the MSIA as a trusted voice for the healthcare software industry,” she said.

The MSIA's part-time staff of Vince McCauley, Marg Prichard and John Green, along with CEO Bridget Kirkham, were recognised by the membership for their dedication and hard work with a loud round of applause, she said.

Guest speakers at the forum included Navy Design, Opaque Media, CSIRO, NICTA and Simulation Australia.

The Andrew Magennis Award for outstanding service to the industry was presented to Richard Hutchinson from Emerging Systems.

The new board is:

  • Emma Hossack (Extensia) – president
  • Peter Young (Health Connex) – vice president
  • Dinah Graham (MIMS) – secretary
  • Nat Wong (Equipoise International/Totalcare) – treasurer
  • Tom Bowden (HealthLink)
  • Paul Carr (Genie)
  • Matthew Cherian (Global Health)
  • Russel Duncan (Emerging Systems)
  • Marg Gehrig (MG & Associates/Australia Medic Alert Foundation)
  • Andrew Griffin (POSworks)
  • Monica Schlesinger (Pen Computer Systems)
  • John (Yianni) Serpanos (coreplus)

Ms Hossack said the aims of the MSIA included keeping a strong focus on member benefits, strengthening the MSIA as a respected and representative voice for our industry, increasing member engagement in working groups and stakeholder groups, providing greater transparency of the MSIA projects and outcomes to members, and improving the financial position of the association for the future.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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