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HISA/HIMAA Tasmania joint event – 31 May

agm1The May HISA Tasmania event was a first for the state since its establishment late last year. The night was kicked off with two speakers from the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) Tasmanian branch who provided international and local perspectives.

Hosted in Launceston, with video conference to Hobart and Burnie, the first speaker, Dr Tony Sahama (Queensland University of Technology) talked about the role of e-health in Sri Lanka. Dr Sahama provided a number of interesting examples to demonstrate the positive impact of substantial investment in e-health on healthcare delivery. The second speaker, Trixie Kemp (Tasmanian Health Service) spoke about local initiatives, including the state-wide digital medical record and the electronic discharge summary system. She shared her experiences in methods for increasing user acceptance and use of the systems, which has resulted in the health service meeting its key performance targets.

HISA Tasmania holds a monthly social gathering in Hobart and their next state event will be a breakfast seminar on 15 September in Hobart.

VIC – 15 June

Stephen Damiani and Mission Massimo

Stephen Damiani and Mission Massimo

The HISA Members were treated to some fantastic presentations from Stephen Damiani and Prof Richard Sinnott before the AGM. Stephen delivered an update on Mission Massimo – a heart-wrenching story tempered with humour and scientific breakthrough, while Prof Sinnott enlightened us on population-wide informatics and exactly what personal information can be extracted from a single tweet.

QLD – 23 June

Hugo Leroux, Mark Brommeyer, Joe Griffiths, Grant Hawgood, and Susan Smith

Hugo Leroux, Mark Brommeyer, Joe Griffiths, Grant Hawgood, and Susan Smith

There was a good turn-out at the recent HISA QLD meeting and AGM. The event explored consumer-centred care and the e-patient experience with guest speakers from both PatientOpinion.org.au and Tunstall Healthcare. The AGM saw a new committee elected and a strong commitment to working on HISA activity including Digital Hospitals and the return of two major conferences Health Data Analytics in October and HIC 2017 in August 2017.

NSW – 23 June

NSW members were fortunate to be part of an interactive session with the Chief Clinical Information Officer for eHealth NSW, Dr John Lambert.

Dr Lambert demonstrated a collaborative tool called sli.do that has been successfully used in a number of clinician engagement sessions to ensure all clinicians can contribute within a large audience format.

Any mobile device with a browser can interact with the sli.do site to pose questions, participate in polls or review content. Dr Lambert stressed that the key to successful clinical engagement is to make it easy for every clinician to have their say, not just the converted.


The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has merged with the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) to form the Australasian Institute of Digital Health on Monday 24 February 2020. This site will no longer be updated and will be preserved for archive. Visit us at the Institute! www.digitalhealth.org.au.