Digital Hospital Design

dhd_conference_150x150pxWe are a group of clinicians, architects, designers, engineers and health IT specialists who are interested in the interplay between information technology and the built environment in the delivery of improved healthcare facilities.

The DHD community of practice promotes and encourages inclusive informed communication, innovative thinking, and cooperative effort in the application of information technology in delivering sustainable, patient centred hospital design. This focus strives to ensure that ANZ digital hospital design addresses and encapsulates the current and future needs of all health industry stakeholders, in the context of escalating technology development and ever-changing models of care which reflect the changing needs of the ANZ demographic.

DHD promotes and facilitates relevant debate by staging highly interactive non-profit industry workshops and forums, and by engaging with decision makers through other media. These activities are designed to encourage constructive interaction between the broadest possible range of industry stakeholders and health ICT experts, with a view to informing and supporting effective Hospital design guidelines, and positively influencing relevant government policy and funding decisions.

Digital Healthcare Design

Previous Webinar of Interest

Digital Healthcare Design

Bendigo Health Digital Hospital Project
hosted by InterSystems

Rob McCathie 1 June 2016


DHD Membership
Get Involved!

Are you involved in Digital Hospital Design? If so, we’d like to hear from you, because HISA is looking to expand the activities of our Digital Hospital Design group. If you have suggestions, ideas or would like to get involved in this community of practice please fill out the expression of interest form here.



Dr Brendan Lovelock
Karen Gibson

Dr Brendan Lovelock

Karen Gibson

Health Industry Practice Lead Cisco Australia


Dr Brendan Lovelock leads Cisco’s Health business in Australia and New Zealand. Brendan has an extensive national and international background in technology commercialisation and management with experience across the health, consumer electronics and the telecommunications industries. Brendan joined Cisco after 4 years as CEO of the Health Informatics Society of Australia. He has particular interests in the application of communication technologies in health and the enabling of consumers to make more informed decisions on their health and wellbeing. He has been a major contributor to recent Australian e-health reports including “A Vision for an Australian Healthcare System Transformed by Health Informatics” and “A Review of the Australian Health Informatics Workforce”.

E-health consultant
BT Australia


Karen Gibson has been committed to advancing e-health in Australia for over 20 years. With a background in program and project management and a particular interest in electronic health records and strategic use of information, Karen has led a number of major e-health projects and has consistently contributed to progression of the health informatics agenda, including as a member of the HISA Board and as a past Deputy Chair of the IHTSDO.

Karen is currently working as e-health consultant with BT Australia. Previous roles include General Manager Strategic initiatives at NEHTA and Director E-Health Planning at Queensland Health.

With so much change now underway in the sector, this is an exciting time for the health informatics community, and through active participation on the HISA Board Karen aims to ensure that HISA delivers increasing value to its members and continues to contribute to the advancement of health informatics in Australia.



Since 2010, DHD has run an annual conference, held in conjunction with HIC.