Earlier this week, HISA’s Victoria branch gathered at the University of Melbourne to get a glimpse of digital health through the eyes of an individual’s daily challenges and activity. With nearly 75 registered attendees, it was a packed event.

The speakers and panellists represented the many perspectives of healthcare informatics – enterprise, consumer, executive, nursing and vendor – with more than 50 percent of attendees identifying their primary role as involving health information systems and informatics.

 Continuing on with the theme for 2018 – health informatics from many perspectives – the Victorian branch heard from a variety of speakers on their health informatics journey. It was a unique opportunity to understand how the various speakers got started, their current role, daily activities and key challenges, their strategy and priorities, and how they see their roles evolving in the future.

The event concluded with an interactive panel discussion where the audience raised a number of thought provoking questions such as, when will Australia adopt open standards and platforms to support vendor neutral EMRs, will clinicians trust consumer-provided health data and what are the barriers in the use and wider acceptance of blockchains in health records?

 There was also live polling of the audience through Sli.do. When asked “what is the biggest barrier to electronic healthcare transformation?” the top response was lack of investment in digital health (research, performance and clinical) and when asked “what improvements would you like to see?”, nearly half of all respondents said using standards and best practices and better interoperability.

HISA would like to thank all those who attended for their participation and support. Thank you also to event sponsors, MKM Health and the University of Melbourne.

 If you would like to learn more about the Victoria branch, click here.

 The next Victoria branch event is Networking drinks with DHHS Chief Digital Health Officer on Thursday, 03 May. Click here to register and for more details.