HISA launches network for digital health executives

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has officially launched a new professional development program for executives working in the digital health sector, with planning underway for a certification program.

The Australian Digital Health Executives Network (DHEN) was first suggested by its inaugural chairman Richard Royle (pictured) at the HIC conference in Brisbane last year. It has been formed by a collaboration of senior digital health executives including eHealth Queensland CEO Richard Ashby, Queensland Health's new CCIO Keith McNeil and eHealth NSW CEO Zoran Bolevich.

Other members include HISA chair and Australian eHealth Research Centre CEO David Hansen, Mater Health Services group chief digital officer David Kempson, Barwon Health CIO Sharon Hakkennes and Alfred Health's executive director of information development Ann Larkins.

Mr Royle, formerly the chair of the panel that undertook the review of the PCEHR in 2014 and then headed up the transition from NEHTA to the new Australian Digital Health Agency, said there was currently no executive certification for digital health.

“Australia’s future health system needs top performing, credentialed leadership,” he said. “This program will equip them for the leadership role they have in health’s digital future.”

HISA CEO Louise Schaper said the network would include forums to share information, collaborate and network under the Chatham House rule, which allows for free debate on controversial issues without the speaker being identified.

“Digital health executives are a growing workforce in the health sector, but despite their numbers they tell us they can feel isolated and under pressure,” Dr Schaper said. “It’s important that executives in digital health are supported in their roles and in their professional development.”

The first professional development event will be held as part of HIC 2018 in Sydney on July 29.

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Tags: HISA, HIC 2018

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