HISA to host inaugural Data Governance Conference in May

The Health Informatics Society of Australia and its Healthcare Management Informatics and Computing (health-mic) special interest group will hold its inaugural Data Governance Conference in May.

The first Australian event of its kind, the conference will focus on 'Data Governance: Concepts, Current Concerns and Emerging Issues', 'Data Governance in Practice', and 'Data Access and Availability'.

Director of the conference and health‑mic special interest group founder, Dr Chris Bain, believes the increasing prominence of these themes necessitates the event. "I think the recent discussions about new models from a federal perspective, and the ongoing slow burning of eHealth have come to a point where those of us who are working in data can really see a need to focus in and specialise in this area. Although a lot of these activities have been happening in different ways, it's more about forming a common understanding of the breadth of activity under a data governance banner," said Dr Bain.

Dr Bain, who describes Data Governance as, "the leveraging of people, process and technology in a systematic way so that organisations can use data as a corporate asset," believes that Data Governance is becoming increasingly relevant as the debate over the sharing of health records comes to the forefront. "It is already important in many ways from a corporate reporting point. Elements of it have already been in finance departments and parts of audits programs. It's just trying to — from an organisational point of view — give it a home and give it a lightning rod for action," said Dr Bain.

The conference, which will be opened by Dr Bain and Fran Thorn (Secretary, Department of Health, Victoria), will feature plenary sessions presented by Jeff Schmitt (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, USA); John Zelcer (National E-Health Transition Authority); Prof Louisa Jorm (University of Western Sydney); Michael Steine (NCS); David Kalisch (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare); Grant Robinson (International Association for Information and Data Quality) and Stan Capp (InterSystems).

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will feature a multitude of concurrent sessions grouped under the themes 'Data Governance Framework', 'Data Quality', 'Stakeholder Perspectives', 'Managing Access', and 'Problems in Health Systems'.

Presenting these sessions are Robert Hillard, Janette Bennett, Janaka Dissanayake, Felicity Flack, Ronald Hicks, Mark Matthews, David Millichap, Ross Nable, Judy Evans, Pat Grantham, Jennifer Heath, David Stokes, Emma Hossack, Simon McBribe, Tatiana Stebakova, Patricia Williams, Laurie Hawkins, Steve Toal, Paul Macdonald, Susan Smith, Sue Evans, Neville Board, Paddy Dewan, Alexandra Gorelik, Chris Van Leuvan, Jannette Collier, Neville Board, Jon Patrick, Chris Farmer, Aditya Ghose, Mary Lam, Timothy Moon and Naomi Rafael.

The conference will conclude with three concurrent workshops focusing on 'Data Governance at the Coalface' (Susan Smith), 'Data Governance for Managers' (Dr Campbell Miller), and 'Data Governance: safely providing quality information for quality care' (Fiona Watson).

The health-mic Data Governance Conference takes place on May 19-20 in Melbourne, with delegate registration now open.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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