Digitising Bendigo and integrating VCCC at healthcare tech conference

The digitisation of Bendigo Hospital’s paper-based processes in advance of the roll-out of an electronic medical record and the overall integration architecture planned for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) are two of the highlights of the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology conference being held in Sydney next month.

The conference will also include an update on eHealth NSW's rural and remote strategy, as well as a look at how the UK's National Health Service is using digital technology for better patient care with Tim Kelsey, former director of patients and information at NHS England and newly appointed commercial director with Telstra Health, and Tony Young, the national clinical director for innovation at NHS England.

Bendigo Health is undergoing a $630 million redevelopment that has included a staged roll-out of a digital medical record in advance of a full electronic medical record. Using the IC3 solution, the hospital's paper-based processes and forms have been digitised through a combination of a Kofax scanning solution from Data Capture Experts, an electronic patient chart from Slainte Healthcare and the use of Microsoft's SharePoint to aggregate all non-clinical data and business analytics.

Bendigo Health recently announced that it had chosen InterSystems' TrakCare as the EMR, with the full roll-out due at the end of 2017.

Charles Burgess, technology lead for the project with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and Rob McCathie, program manager for electronic medical records/information services at Bendigo Health, will discuss the process of digitising the hospital, the vendor selection process and the integration challenge with existing Bendigo Health systems at the conference.

Peter Faulkner, executive director of the Bendigo Hospital project, will discuss the public private partnership model used for the hospital and how to improve facility efficiency through the integration of technology at another of the conferences being held during Australian Healthcare Week, the Health Facilities Design and Development conference.

A look at the overall integration architecture of technology at Victoria's Comprehensive Cancer Centre will be provided by Rod Sprenger, senior technical program manager at the Department of Health and Human Services and Richard Morrison, ANZ ICT practice lead for AECOM.

This will include how the hospital and research precinct plans to use enterprise services buses, HL7 compatibility, messaging solutions, single sign on and mobile duress systems, nurse call platforms and workflow terminals, and smart cards and formats, as well as optimising the mobile coverage solution to provide coverage to all buildings campus-wide.

NHS experience

Telstra Health's Mr Kelsey will give two presentations: one on harnessing the information revolution: how better use of data and technology transforms outcomes and costs in health and care and the other on healthcare efficiency through connection.

Mr Kelsey, who co-founded the Dr Foster healthcare analytics firm that is now owned by Telstra Health and was appointed the UK's first transparency and open data director in 2012, joined NHS England that year as national information director and chair of the National Information Board (NIB) in health and care.

He will discuss how data sharing, transparency and access to digital services measurably improves clinical safety, efficiency and integration, and how easy access to personal data, online transactions and care planning services are at the cutting edge of science and planning for the advent of genomics and precision medicine.

He will also discussion how connecting health services together so they better reflect the needs of the user, both patient and practitioner, creates real change.

Dr Young, national clinical director for innovation at NHS England and cofounder of the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus, will discuss how the NHS is being “digitally disrupted” for improved patient outcomes and organisational efficiency.

He will discuss what is the case for transformation, how digital technology is currently being used in the design and delivery of health services and what actions can be taken to take to ensure digital technology is used to its full potential.

Futuristic look at healthcare technology

The conference will have a futuristic theme this year, with the keynote address provided by futurist Ross Dawson. He will discuss how the ability to capture and analyse health data in real time is enabling a shift from reactive to predictive medicine and look at the healthcare system of the future and the innovative technologies required to deal with the scope of the challenge.

Travis Grant, a partner at PwC, will look at the implications of digital health for executives and clinicians, covering structural, funding, clinical and technology reforms. The presentation will describe how ‘technology enabled’ healthcare organisations may look in three to five years' time, including the planning and delivery of EMRs, how healthcare organisations might integrate with the My Health Record (PCEHR) system, and a look at practical approaches to “digital” technologies such as portals, social health tools and various forms of analytical tools.

Victoria Atkinson, chief medical officer at St Vincent's Health Australia, will explore the relationship between clinicians, their patients and technology and how this is poised for a large leap over the next decade. Dr Atkinson will also discuss designing technology for clinicians and how technology is not always what the doctor ordered.

New aged care focus

Also on the two-day program is an update on the implementation strategy for a wide range of clinical and corporate health IT initiatives as part of the eHealth plan for rural and remote NSW with Kerri Ryan, director of the rural and remote eHealth program at NSW Health.

Other speakers include Richard Royle and Monica Trujillo from St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay, and Joanne Curry from Western Sydney University, who will discuss patient journey modelling.

There will also be a number of vendor presentations from Validic, which offers a cloud-based health device integration platform and recently signed up with local firm Health&; unified communications solution provider Unify; and mobility management firm SOTI.

Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology is part of Australian Healthcare Week, being held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney from March 15 to 17. New this year is a one-day conference on aged care that will look at innovations in technology to enhance and enable ageing in place. There is also a free expo running over the three days.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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