HIMSS Asia Pac event coming to Melbourne in September

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Asia Pacific Conference and Leadership Summit will take place in Melbourne, September 20-23. Held for the first time in Australia, this year’s event will incorporate the Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited (HIMAA) 2011 National Conference.

Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS is a US-based organisation whose stated focus is on providing global leadership for the use of information technology and management systems in aid of healthcare.

HIMAA is the recognised peak professional body of Health Information Managers in Australia. Their aim is to advance the standards of management of health information systems in Australia for the benefit of healthcare consumers, health service organisations and healthcare workers.

The convention will include both Industry Solution Sessions that provide exhibitors with an opportunity to educate attendees about their products and services, as well as conference sessions. The event features five defined streams, which will run concurrently over the three days, followed by a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) exam on the Friday morning. One stream will cater exclusively to the Australian and New Zealand sector, which forms the basis of HIMAA’s 2011 National Conference.

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, National Clinical Lead for the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) will deliver the opening keynote address at the conference. Other keynote speakers include: Fran Thorn, Secretary, Department of Health, Victoria and current Chair of the National E-Health and Information Principal Committee; Dr Andrew Paul Howard, CIO, Department of Health, Victoria; and David Bloch, Owner of VirtuAlameda, who will present "A Second Life: How Healthcare Communities Innovate in Virtual Worlds."

The event will feature a leadership summit, in which a panel will discuss the topic "Creating and sustaining innovation in healthcare: why does healthcare IT lag?" Healthcare leaders will explore the need for innovation to run, grow and transform the business of healthcare.

The conference will also feature a Mobile Health Symposium, which will be chaired by Dr Chong Yoke Sin, CEO of Integrated Health and Information Systems (IHiS). The sessions will discuss what is realistic within the mobile technologies space, future trends in technology for healthcare, and provide insights and organisational strategies for deploying such technologies.

Additional symposiums include the Nursing Informatics Symposium, themed: Nursing shaping the future of eHealth. The session will discuss the role of informatics in the future of nursing, and teach attendees how to leverage informatics strategies to improve patient care, safety and processes. A Clinicians IT Symposium will look at facilitating continuity of care across a range of settings.

HIMSS AsiaPac will also include an Interoperability Showcase designed to highlight standards-based Health IT solutions being used in typical clinical scenarios. This initiative allows attendees to create patient records and watch them move from system to system across a continuum of care. The Interoperability Showcase allows vendors to demonstrate their success in using standards-based technology to improve patient care. The showcase will feature the details of each participating company including the IHE Actors and Integration profiles successfully tested at the IHE Australia Connectathon and other international IHE Connectathons.

The event will feature a demonstration area, with individual kiosks for each participant, a showcase theatre, and speaking opportunities for executive‑level participants. These participants will form part of the Industry Leaders Panel, which will be included as part of the conference’s educational stream on Interoperability.

HIMAA’s involvement with the event sees the organisation undertaking the management of the Australian and New Zealand Education Stream, which will take place on the Wednesday and Thursday. Throughout these sessions, HIMAA will provide attendees with updates on developments in the Australian healthcare reform program as they apply to the Health Information Management profession. In addition, a case study will be presented on Health Information Management in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.

Chaired by Health Information Management course coordinator Ms Kerryn Butler-Henderson, HIMAA will conduct workshops on the theme: "Health Information Management and eHealth." The objectives of the workshop are to learn about development in eHealth technologies, to gain insights into how they impact Health Information Management, and to gain knowledge about managing the implementation of such technologies.

An evening at the Melbourne Museum is to be held during the conference, open to the first 500 participants to purchase a full conference and leadership summit ticket.

HIMAA CEO Bob Blue, believes the conference’s international perspectives is what sets it apart from the number of events taking place this year.

"In general terms, this is a genuinely international conference, with the wide range of perspectives and experiences that implies. In more specific terms, the Australian and New Zealand Education Stream — HIMAA National Conference — will bring a Health Information Management perspective to the conference."

Registration for HIMSS AsiaPac, incorporating the HIMAA 2011 National Conference, is now open and will remain open during the conference. Further details are available at the event website: http://www.himssasiapac.org/11

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