Health-e-Nation conference coming to Sydney in September

In 2010 the pressing need for Health reform unites the world. Australia is one of many countries seriously considering alternatives to our current model of care delivery with an increasing emphasis on connecting care communities from hospitals to home‑based care.

While hospitals remain a core facet of healthcare, politicians and consumers alike are recognising the need to deliver more effective and coordinated care outside hospital walls and to link clinicians with relevant information at local, regional and national levels.

With these thoughts in mind, CHIK’s annual Health-e-Nation conference will showcase innovative healthcare models from Denmark, the US and Asia, examining how they are linking clinicians and delivering improved patient care.

The Danish eHealth Portal,, is one international healthcare system represented on the single-day program, with Sundhed’s Managing Director, Mr Morten Elbaek Petersen joining the line‑up of keynote speakers.

Established in 2003, is a result of joint national and regional efforts to support online interaction between healthcare professionals and consumers. A comparatively modest investment in infrastructure and a shared system has resulted in the development of services that are now used across municipalities and regions all over Denmark.

The idea behind was to create a single point of access to the Danish health service for consumers and healthcare professionals by gathering existing as well as future information and communication within the healthcare sector. serves as a public, Internet-based portal that collects and distributes healthcare information among citizens and healthcare professionals.

The “My Health Summary” service allows authenticated users to obtain a faster and better overview of their own patient data drawn from multiple sources. It aims to help Danish citizens take more responsibility for their own health.

According to Sally Glass, CHIK’s Managing Director, some of the Health‑e‑Nation conference program’s underlying elements include the need to recognise that the viability of our health system affects every aspect of Australia’s future, and the need to recognise the critical role that e-health plays in achieving successful health reforms.

“With direct impact on the productivity, economic health and prosperity of our nation, it is appropriate that the transformation of healthcare is not constrained to discussion and review within a health paradigm but is given due recognition as a national priority. The health sector is eager to get behind national e-health leadership to move forward with a common vision and purpose, as well as a sense of urgency,” Ms Glass said.

This year’s conference has an increased focus on information sharing and networking. With lively emcee Julie McCrossin at the helm, the organisers are warning attendees to prepare to be engaged and active whether they are seated in the audience or standing at the podium.

In addition to the full day plenary session, exhibit hours have been extended to include a networking reception plus a breakfast and two invitational workshops the following day.

The event will be held in the Parkside Auditorium at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 9 September 2010:

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