Faces of HISA
A nursing expert who led the way
HISA member Donna Barton attracted plenty of attention when she became Australia’s first CHIA-qualified aged care nurse. Media interviews captured her passion for health informatics (Donna is also treasurer for Nursing Informatics Australia – NIA) and the social media was buzzing with interest particularly during HIC 2014 and the associated NIA conference. Donna said one of the reasons she sat the CHIA exam was to show other nurses it was a great new area of expertise in aged care. With more than 30 years clinical and operational experience, Donna is now sharing her knowledge as a consulting health informatician.
Strategic career move for tech-savvy nurse
Sydney-based clinical business analyst Belinda Lee is the first person in her health district to become a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA). Belinda works in the community health field, supporting 2,100 users of CHIME database across the sprawling South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Sydney Childrens Hospital Network (Randwick). A Registered Nurse, Belinda graduated in 2012 with a Grad Dip in e-health from the University of Tasmania. The CHIA exam was the obvious next challenge. “People come into health informatics from many aspects – clinical, ICT, health information management. The CHIA is a great way to show we all have the same knowledge base,” she said.
Perth’s Lateral speaking the right language
Developing custom software to solve e-health business challenges has brought sound growth in recent years for HISA member WA company Lateral. Managing Director Thushara Weerakody (right) pictured with business partner Director Tommy Shin says Lateral has been making “industrial strength software” for high end systems in the sophisticated health domain for nearly a decade. From green screens in the hardware space to today’s thriving mobile applications, Thushara says Lateral continues to base its business on getting customer needs right. It must be working – Lateral recently moved into larger premises. “One of the reasons we like HISA is the role it plays bridging the health business and IT. So when I saw an opportunity through CHIA to become e-health certified, demonstrating I can speak both languages, I took it.”
Putting the e-health jigsaw together
E-health certification could be a beacon for excellence at Cerner, says General Manager Victoria Tony Hennessy. One of the first Certified Health Informaticians in Australia, Tony says he was so impressed with the experience he wants to make it achievable for more of Cerner’s experienced clinical and technical staff. “We believe that the CHIA certification will complement the expertise that our Cerner associates have already accumulated from working in the health sector. It is a formal recognition of their existing knowledge and understanding of the e-health landscape,” Tony said. “This is a tough exam covering wide domains of knowledge and it requires preparation.” He said: “I think CHIA will be extremely important for building e-health workforce capacity in Australia. If I was interviewing and the candidate was CHIA-certified it would improve my confidence they had a good broad understanding of all the jigsaw pieces in e-health.”