At a time when the national e-health system is under the microscope, Australia’s leaders in the field of health informatics and e-health are converging on Sydney for the 20th Health Informatics Society of Australia National Conference 2012 (HIC), commencing today.
This year marks an exciting tipping point in Australia’s e-health journey. The National Broadband Network is underway, lead implementation sites and telehealth delivery are being explored, and the Federal Government launched its personally controlled electronic health records just 30 days before the conference.
HIC is Australia’s largest e-health and health informatics conference and it is expected to attract over a thousand practitioners, policy makers and researchers to the harbour city. Industry leaders will collaborate and debate the timely issues relating to the safety and privacy of e-health, the consumerisation of IT and the harnessing of technology to empower patients. And the legacies of these conversations expected to extend far beyond the conference doors.
“It’s the ideal time to gather the leading minds in the health informatics and e-health field in Australia’s global city. Debate around e-health and the proliferation of technology that makes our healthcare more manageable, accessible and effective is relevant to all Australians,” comments Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, the organisation who supported the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) in bringing the event to Sydney this year.
Lyn Lewis-Smith adds, “It is known that face-to-face business events, such as this conference, are hotbeds of collaboration, knowledge exchange and vibrant debate. They deliver real outcomes that benefit our wider Australian community. In fact, research released by BESydney late last year revealed that 72% of business event attendees agreed the congresses resulted in the implementation of new knowledge and new techniques or materials in the professional practice of the congress destination. ”
The ripple effect of this week’s event will also be enhanced by the insights offered by the number of high-profile international speakers.
“The Health Informatics Conference brings together industry leaders and experts who are designing and delivering the future of the Australian healthcare system. With the launch of the national e-health record system, which gives all Australians the opportunity to have their health record available to them online, 24/7, we are seeing a rise in consumers using innovative technology to take ownership of their health information and break down barriers,” said Dr Louise Schaper, CEO of HISA.
“Doctors want to use their personal devices in hospitals and consumers are collecting information about themselves and sharing it with their healthcare team – this is exciting stuff. We are witnessing what will become a complete transformation in the way healthcare is delivered,” said Dr. Schaper.
Keynote speakers who will be presenting at the event include Dr. Scot Silverstein, Professor Enrico Coiera, Dr. Mike Bainbridge, Regina Holliday and Rajiv Mehta.