Registrations open for HISA Data Governance conference

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is organising the second annual Data Governance Conference in Melbourne on March 29 and 30.

The event is aimed at healthcare executives and managers both clinical and non-clinical, data and information professionals, health informaticians, health policy makers and academics.

A HISA spokesperson said the conference will be dedicated to the issue of data governance in healthcare.

“Like clinical governance, data governance is about the organisational processes and structures that ensure data is used appropriately, reliably, and in time,” the spokesperson said.

“Data and information (and the integrity of both) are critical to organisational decision making and monitoring in healthcare. The National Health Reforms add a cross-organisational complexity – and opportunity – into the mix.

Keynote speakers include Andy Bond, chief architect at the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA); Paul Madden, deputy secretary and chief information and knowledge officer (CIKO) with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA); the CEO of the NSW Bureau of Health Information, Dr Diane Watson; and David Rowlands, principal of management consulting firm Direkt Consulting.

Mr Rowlands will discuss data governance issues in Singapore's national electronic health record (NEHR), which he has consulted on over a number of years.

“The work towards a national EHR started in 2009 and I have provided some assistance in particular on standards and enterprise architecture for the program,” he said.

“I've done a series of projects, most recently at the end of last year when I went back to make some recommendations on information quality management for the NEHR to ensure that the data is clinically trustworthy and reliable. I will speak about that at the Data Governance conference.”

“Information quality issues will affect Australia as well so it is very timely to have that discussion."

Themes include using data linkage to maximise value, the PCEHR and activity-based funding, the transition to distributed data governance, and how to maximise value and keep data safe.

There will also be workshops on implementing a data governance framework and how to maximise your data.

See the conference website for further information.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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