Primary care conference investigates eHealth

Renowned British healthcare researcher Trisha Greenhalgh and the National E-Health Transition Authority's (NEHTA) head of clinical leadership, safety and engagement Mukesh Haikerwal are headlining the eHealth stream at the upcoming International Primary Health Care Reform Conference, being held in Brisbane from March 6 to 7.

Sponsored by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), this is the first time the conference has been held in Australia.

Professor Greenhalgh and Dr Haikerwal will speak on the topic of “E-health across sectors: What can we learn from international experiences?”

Representatives of the primary healthcare-focused Wave 1 and 2 sites for the implementation of the PCEHR will also speak at the conference, discussing their experiences of shared care records in Australia.

Professor Greenhalgh, head of the healthcare innovation and policy unit within the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Barts and the London Medical School, is a general practitioner in north London who has extensively researched and written about eHealth in the primary care setting.

She researches the non-adoption of and resistance to technological innovations in healthcare organisations and is developing new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of ‘big IT’, especially in relation to nationally shared electronic patient record systems.

Dr Haikerwal is a former president of the Australian Medical Association, a general practitioner in Melbourne and NEHTA's national clinical lead and head of the clinical leadership and engagement unit. His role is to apprise the Australian community of the benefits of IT in healthcare and as an enabler of reform and sustainability.

Also speaking at the conference is Paul Grundy, IBM’s director of healthcare, technology and strategic initiatives for IBM Global Wellbeing Services and Health Benefits, part of IBM’s corporate headquarters human resources group.

Dr Grundy is president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a coalition he led IBM in creating in early 2006. The PCPCC is dedicated to advancing a new primary-care model called the Patient-Centered Medical Home as a means of fundamentally reforming healthcare delivery.

The PCPCC represents employers of 50 million people across the US as well as physician groups representing more than 330,000 medical doctors, leading consumer groups and, most recently, the top seven US health-benefits companies.

The IPHCRC conference, ‘International Innovation, Policy setting & Research’, is co-hosted by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE), based at the University of Queensland.

Registrations for the conference are now open.

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