Health tech summit looks at future proofing

A hospital CIO who has developed a “future-proofed” information management strategy and a health district CIO who has introduced a region-wide electronic health record have been added to the speakers' list for the 3rd Annual Technology in Healthcare Summit, being held in Sydney on February 27 and 28.

Elmar Flamme, the CIO of Klinikum Wels Grieskirchen (KWG), the largest convent hospital in Austria, was the architect of KWG's "future proofed" information management strategy and will discuss how to develop a similar strategy for hospitals.

Glen Willoughby, the CIO for Hutt Valley District Health Board in NZ, which introduced a region-wide EHR five years ago, will share lessons learnt during the implementation.

The keynote speaker at the conference is Ian Rodgers, director of eHealth and ICT strategy at NSW Health, who will discuss strategies for preparing organisations for eHealth. Dr Rodgers will concentrate on enabling behavioural and cultural change, ensuring the right systems and standards are in place, key challenges for the provision of appropriate infrastructure and how NSW is placed to take advantage of current and imminent initiatives.

Macquarie University Hospital's chief operating officer Evan Rawstron will profile the technology behind Australia's first fully digital hospital, including design considerations in creating a paperless environment and how to support an exponential growth in wireless networks and mobile devices.

Wireless applications will be a major point of discussion, with presentations by Philip Nesci, CIO of Southern Health, on the challenges involved in accessing existing systems and medical records on mobile devices; while David Hansen of the Australian E-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) will discuss mobile and telehealth in the community, including profiling a mobile phone-based cardiac rehabilitation service and the AEHRC's Remote-i teleophthalmology service for rural and remote Australia.

Other topics include introducing a PCEHR with Calvary eHealth in the ACT; developing an EHR at Barwon Health; key considerations in implementing PCEHRs in primary healthcare at the Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local; problems faced with introducing a secure electronic messaging service in the Northern Territory; and the role of eHealth technologies in managing chronic health conditions.

The conference organisers said the 2012 event will focus on the infrastructure and strategy that supports the delivery of today's healthcare, particularly the technology behind eHealth that underpins the latest systems and applications.

The summit is endorsed by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) and the Australasian Health and Research Data Manager’s Association (AHRDMA).

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