HIMAA calls for abstracts for joint annual conference

The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) has issued a call for abstracts for the national conference it holds in association with the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH), taking place in Cairns in November.

The theme of the fourth annual HIMAA NCCH national conference is 'Challenging a Changing Landscape', which HIMAA says reflects the ground-changing influence health information professionals are having on the landscape in which they work.

“Health information management professionals have assumed the lead roles in the introduction of scanning and digital health solutions in health institutions, public and private, around the country.,” a HIMAA spokesperson said.

“They are not just responding to a changing landscape in health service provision, they are creating and challenging it to perform effectively and efficiently, and then some.

”The integration of health care across the primacy and tertiary health care divide, and the dual benefits this will bring in improving quality of patient care and containment of costs, is now not just a goal, it is imminent.”

The conference has two streams – health information management, and clinical coding and classification – with a number of program themes. These include:

  • Digital Health/Health Informatics – EMRs, personal health records, telehealth, consumer health informatics, aged care informatics, mobile technology in health, implementation of health information systems, social media and health
  • Health Classifications and Coding – funding, activity based funding, casemix, clinical costing, coding audits
  • Pricing for Patient Quality and Safety – clinical pathways, clinical indicators, patient outcomes, integrated care, models of care
  • Information Governance – data standards, data quality, clinical data management, clinical documentation improvement
  • Health Services Management – human resource management, change management, strategic planning, accreditation, leadership
  • Medico-legal Issues – privacy principles and policies, security
  • International Health Information Management – practice and perspectives
  • Education and Training – workforce, professional pathways
  • Health Analytics – data analytics, business intelligence, predictive analytics
  • Health Information Management in 2025 – the future of health information management in the changing landscape, climate change and its effect on the future of health information and health generally in Australia, technology interoperability during major weather events.

Abstracts may be submitted online for any of four presentation formats: research papers, professional practice papers, posters and workshops.

Abstract submissions close on April 27, with successful applicants notified on May 17. Full abstract guidelines are available here.

The conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel from November 1 to 3. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: HIMAA

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