HISA gears up to hack health at HIC 2015

'Driving reform: digital health is everyone’s business' is the theme of the 2015 Health Informatics Conference (HIC), which is heading to Brisbane this year and will feature a health hackathon along with the ever-popular Q&A with the ABC's Tony Jones.

Mr Jones will put the question of how to get to digital health faster to a panel of experts, including David Hansen, chair of HIC organiser the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and director of the CSIRO's eHealth research centre in Brisbane.

Dr Hansen will be joined by HIC 2015 chair Michael Cleary and Johanna Westbrook, director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI).

Running throughout HIC this year will be a health hackathon facilitated by Juliana Alvarez and Shreya Tekriwal of Canada's Hacking Health, which organises hackathons and workshops around the world.

The organisation believes that while the term “hacker” has negative connotations, it simply means challenging entrenched problems by testing innovative concepts and ideas through the rapid building and testing of low-cost prototypes.

All HIC delegates are invited to view a series of one-minute pitches as the hackathon kicks off.

International keynote speakers include Thomas Lee, co-founder of Symplur, which has developed a web-based platform that tracks Twitter conversations about healthcare and allows it to be analysed; and Helen Bevan, chief transformation officer with the NHS's quality improvement arm.

Also speaking are the CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, Doug Fridsma, and the coordinator of Brazil's national EHR project, Ricardo Puttini.

HIC 2015 will be held in Brisbane from August 3 to 5. Registrations are open now.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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