HISA Clinical Informatics Network group will lead and create opportunities to influence and shape the digital health agenda. The group has its origins at HIC 2016, where delegates attended a workshop to contribute to an emerging Clinical Informatics agenda for Australia. Small workshop groups identified challenges and issues facing Clinical Informatics. The broad issues they identified were: education, standards, interoperability, silos, change management and project management. These issues will guide HISA’s growing Clinical Informatics Network.

Clinical Informatics Membership

Are you involved in clinical informatics? Do you have any suggestions, ideas or would like to get involved in this community of practice?

Leadership

Dr Yasmine Probst (Chair)

Senior Lecturer
University of Wollongong

Yasmine is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong and Research Fellow with the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. She has held two consecutive NHMRC fellowships and her research is focused on food composition and nutrition (health) informatics with an interest in dietary modelling, dietary assessment methodology moving towards data analytics and artifical intelligence for nutrition. She coordinates the nutrition and dietetics honors program and also teaches research theory to under- and post graduate students for nutrition and dietetics. She has held multiple food industry consultancy projects with a number of leading Australian companies with an emphasis on systematic literature review.

Yasmine’s research has focused on technological applications in the field of dietetics. She completing her PhD in 2006 researching the development, testing and implementation of an automated dietary assessment website for use in the primary healthcare setting. She was awarded a 2015 Food and Agriculture Organization success story award for her work in food composition.

Yasmine is also recognised as an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds dual Masters qualifications in Dietetics and Health Informatics. She continues to be an active member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, Nutrition Society, and off course HISA.

Michael Hosking (co-Chair)

Clinical Product Specialist, Orion Health
Associate Investigator, Precision Driven Health

Michael is passionate in assisting the collaboration of healthcare with electronic systems toward sustainable health systems and policies for optimal patient outcomes. Michael is an experienced, registered Occupational Therapist and has worked clinically for public health organisations across Victoria. Poor user experience, inefficient systems and integration issues provided inspiration to assist the change toward more effective healthcare. Currently working at Bendigo Health developing their Electronic Medical Records solution, his portfolio includes health standards and clinical workflows within clinical systems.

His interests lie in effective, sustainable health policies and technologies to assist with research and population health. Michael seeks to assist HISA committee members by facing these challenges as opportunities for us to further develop the promotion of health informatics and avocation for the community it represents. He aims to further develop promotion and maintenance of memberships, innovative new ideas and offerings, mentorships and collaborative networks for members, along with establishing a HISA Clinical Informatics Strategy.

Jayne Barclay

Manager – Diagnostic Solutions
Mater Health Services

As a Medical Imaging Technologist, Jayne has actively pursued a career in the Medical Imaging Informatics and Technology field of Radiology. She has gained valuable experience from the roles held in both the Private and Public sectors, specialising in PACS, RIS and AVS systems.

She does not believe in innovation for innovation’s sake, rather resolutions to workflow and clinical issues that will ensure patients will receive high quality care throughout their clinical pathway. ICT solutions to support strategic and operational business plans in a clinical setting are also of great interest.

Dr Damian Claydon-Platt

Chief Clinical Information Officer
Epworth Healthcare

Dr Claydon-Platt is CCIO at Epworth Healthcare, a large not-for-profit healthcare group in Victoria. Damian is a medical doctor with 18 years’ clinical experience working predominantly in the Intensive Care Environment. He is currently involved in the strategic alignment of IT priorities to clinical and organisational requirements, influencing of corporate vision to embrace the benefits of information technologies, stakeholder engagement across the group, and implementation of clinical-facing information systems. He maintains a clinical perspective by continuing to work in intensive care, and is keenly aware of the need to minimize the impact of digital solutions on clinical workflows. As the CCIO, he is constantly trying to balance the increasing demand for simple access to clinical information anywhere, anytime, on any device, with the IT department’s need to take an enterprise view on cybersecurity to ensure this sensitive information is secure.

A/Prof Elizabeth Cummings

Associate Professor
University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Elisabeth Cummings is currently a senior lecturer and Graduate Research Coordinator in the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She has over thirty years’ experience in healthcare in Australia. She is a registered nurse and midwife and has worked in both clinical and administrative positions in nursing. She has qualifications in health informatics and ICT. Elizabeth has been involved in a range of state, national and international research projects in e-health. She is committed to the integration of nursing informatics into nursing education.

She has previous experience with inter professional learning and the use of simulation. She believes in the improvement and use of technology to enhance learning and is involved in research projects related to these areas in conjunction with other national and international research teams.

A/Prof Carl Kuschel

Medical Director, Neonatal Services
The Royal Women’s Hospital

Carl Kuschel is the Medical Director of Neonatal Services at the Women’s. Carl trained in Auckland, New Zealand, Sydney and Toronto. Carl is an active supporter of research to improve outcomes for babies and their families. His research interests have included neonatal ventilation, functional echocardiography and neonatal drug withdrawal. His current clinical interests include the use of information technology to assist with clinical care.

Dr George Margelis

Adjunct Associate Professor
TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory – University of Western Sydney

Retired/Recovering Industry Clinician, Board Member Multicultural Care, Director Human Innovation Laboratory

Dr Mark Merolli

Academic Director of Digital Health, Swinburne University

Mark is a health informatician, having done a PhD at the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Kathleen Gray, and a physiotherapist. Mark is also the Academic Director of Digital Health at Swinburne University of Technology, which makes him a passionate educator of future health professionals in digital health and a clinical health professional. He considers himself an active HISA member and is passionate about the perpetuation. Apart from the HISA Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, Mark is also a member of MACHI and CHIA.

He has done his best to represent HISA as a CHIA and member in various engagement activities (incl: promotion of CHIA on the HISA website, and attending Swinburne University in 2016 as a judge for a make-a-thon on behalf of Louise Schaper). Mark also sits as a member of the HISA Victorian state branch committee.

Dr Mark Santamaria

Emergency Physician
Alfred Health

Mark is an Emergency Physician with over 25 years experience in public health, both in Australia and England. The last 17 of those years he has been appointed at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre in Melbourne, Australia, gaining expertise in the critical decision making demands of a busy, and complex, tertiary emergency medicine setting. Apart from this clinical role, Dr Santamaria is an active member of the team responsible for the transition to an electronic health record (EHR) at Alfred Health. This includes the interpretation of the clinical environment into electronic workflows that can be developed and implemented for the Emergency Department.

His ambitions are to reduce the variance in healthcare delivery across Australia, and to improve the balance between productivity demands and the quality of care provided to individuals.

Dr Martin Seneviratne

Digital Health Fellow
Stanford Medicine X

Dr Seneviratne is a junior doctor at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with a background in software development. Working as a medical intern has reinforced how important e-health infrastructure is to him, because so much of his time as junior doctors is spent chasing down files, ordering tests, filling out paperwork, re-charting meds, and this is where mistakes can be made. Dr Seneviratne wants to bring this experience from the “coalface” to the HISA board and help us shape Australia into a pioneer of innovative clinical informatics.

Dr Seneviratne has two main goals in his position on the HISA Board: engaging students and young healthcare/IT professionals in the great schedule of events that HISA offers; and promoting e-health innovation – continuing great initiatives like the App Challenge, but also lobbying hospitals and government groups to make implementation easier. Dr Seneviratne has held governance positions in the Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the youth branch of the World Economic Forum, and also run an e-health startup called WardConnect.

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