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

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Leadership

Dr Yasmine Probst

Dr Yasmine Probst

Chair

Bio

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 artificial 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 of Australia, and off course HISA.

Michael Hosking

Michael Hosking

Co-Chair

Bio

Director,
Clinnovation Limited

Michael is passionate about assisting the collaboration of healthcare with electronic systems toward sustainable health systems and policies for optimal patient outcomes. He is an experienced, registered Occupational Therapist and has worked clinically for public health organisations across Victoria, Australia. Poor user experience, inefficient systems and interoperability issues provided inspiration to assist the change toward more effective healthcare system design.

Currently working at Clinnovation Limited, his portfolio includes product management, user experience, research projects for improved clinical interfaces, international health standards and clinical decision support. He is also involved with a number of working groups including the adoption of the CHIA for NZ, Ministry of Health SNOMED Implementation group and other international groups.

His interests lie in effective, sustainable health policies and technologies facilitated by human-centred design and user experience to enable improved healthcare research, clinical workflows and health outcomes. Michael is driven to face healthcare challenges as opportunities for us to collaboratively explore new and alternative approaches with consumers and clinical users.

Jayne Barclay

Jayne Barclay

 

Bio

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.

A/Prof Elizabeth Cummings

A/Prof Elizabeth Cummings

 

Bio

Associate Professor,
University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Elizabeth 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

A/Prof Carl Kuschel

 

Bio

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

Dr George Margelis

 

Bio

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

Dr George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80, before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney. During that time he started a software distribution company that grew to one of the largest direct software sales companies in Australia.

He was CIO of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR.

He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Care Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare, and has some amusing stories he can share about that time. In 2014 he returned to Intel as Health & Life Sciences Lead for Australia & New Zealand.

In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL), and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a startup incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles.

He is passionate about addressing the natural tension that exists between good healthcare and good technology.

Dr Mark Merolli

Dr Mark Merolli

 

Bio

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.

Chris O’Donnell

Chris O’Donnell

 

Bio

Director of Nursing, Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Excellence Division,
Queensland Health

Chris is a passionate Nurse Practitioner who champions the importance of clinical informatics as a critical component of the patient journey through the health care system. From taking big data to predict patient outcomes right through to creating digital adjuncts to enhance care, Chris is a passionate innovator who has a strong track record of using digital technologies to develop person focused, tailored health care solutions. When he is not working on (or avoiding) his PhD he is also a passionate CrossFitter. Despite being quite new to the sport, he will gladly bend your ear about the benefits of burpee’s and deadlifts given half a chance.

Jeremy Roach

Jeremy Roach

 

Bio

Senior Business Analyst, eOHR Project,
Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW

Jeremy is experienced across different spectrums of digital health, at state and national levels – his roles expand transformations in clinical terminology and clinical system safety, electronic medications management, electronic clinical documentation and assessments in both critical care and community health settings, and a full electronic clinical record and public health initiatives in oral health. His current appointment is with the Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW. His focus is in business and technical workflows, frequently leverages technical toolkits, and although challenging, drives the clinical terminology and interoperability standards agenda.

Jeremy is focused on smart digitalisation, de-siloing healthcare, and aligning purposeful technologies to aid the clinical workflow to improve patient outcomes. He Is focused on building awareness of the importance of well-rounded digital health skilled clinical leadership in our organisations, as well as clinical leadership in digital health and clinical informatics.

Jeremy is a registered Pharmacist, with mental health advance practice qualifications, half a masters in Health Science, stoke specialisation and clinical epidemiology, and is a Certified Health Informatician of Australasia (CHIA).

Dr Mark Santamaria

Dr Mark Santamaria

 

Bio

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

Dr Martin Seneviratne

 

Bio

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.

Webinars

An explanation of how clinical terminologies can be used to help healthcare professionals. Presented by Michael Hosking, Co-Chair, Clinical Information Community of Practice.

News

Data Divide

For many years we have been talking about the ‘digital divide’ in healthcare, but the implementation of any digital solution does not itself improve outcomes, unless there is clear evidence to prove it.

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