New South Wales
About HISA NSW
New South Wales has a long history of progressing health informatics in Australia. The branch prides itself on providing a number of professional development events on health informatics issues and brings together the diversity of personnel involved in health informatics and e-health. Offering wonderful networking opportunities for both members and non-members alike HISA NSW keeps NSW up to date with the vast array of developments within health informatics and e-health.
HISA NSW arose from the active promotion by the Health Informatics Association of NSW (HIANSW) to support a national health informatics body. With a very active membership, the Health Informatics Association of NSW (HIANSW) was established in 1991 and ran to 2001. Members were actively involved in promoting the discipline of health informatics during those years. The NSW Branch of HISA was formally established in May 2001.
Membership of HISA NSW is available to all financial members of HISA. Benefits of being a HISA member include:
- Subscription to the HISA NSW email list, forums and group blogs
- The opportunity to influence and drive the e-health and health informatics agenda in NSW
- The opportunity to network and learn from the experience of colleagues and collaborate with others
- The opportunity to represent the interests of e-health and health informatics professionals in national forums
- Access to relevant and timely information
- The ability to contribute to the latest information and resource offerings
New South Wales leadership
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, CHIA
Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 44 years, originally as a registered nurse and most recently the inaugural Director of Digital Health & Innovation in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is committed to supporting major health reform through digital health initiatives, and has an interest in how data and information are used by clinicians at the point of care and how data analytics impacts on health outcomes and efficiency of health service delivery.he has been associated with HISA for two decades, fulfilling current secretarial obligations for the HISA board and Nursing Informatics Australia, as well as chairperson responsibilities for the NSW Branch. Jen became a CHIA in early 2014, and is the chair of the CHIA Examination Committee. She is keen to actively contribute to NSW HISA activities to influence the positive uptake of digital health by clinicians.
As the Chief Information Officer for the NSW based St Vincent’s Health Australia Public and Private Hospitals, I am passionate about patient care. Every day at St Vincent’s we strive to apply the disciplines of engineering, computer science and health informatics to enhance the safety and quality of the care we provided to clients, patients and staff in all our facilities. As a Board member of HISA (NSW) I will endeavour to provide opportunities for anyone interested in Health Informatics to share learnings and challenges in an open and welcoming setting.
I have thirteen years of diverse project and consultancy experience, in addition to an engineering background, which together has afforded me a rich mix of skills and a successful track record. I have developed a combination of business experience, technical understanding, interpersonal skills, and leadership initiative. I have led many Healthcare IT projects locally and internationally. Currently providing consultation on several Healthcare IT projects and volunteering with the PMI-Sydney chapter, as an Associate Director for Technology. I am PRINCE2, PMI-RMP, PMP, Project+ and ex-CPHIM certified. I have a passion for training and continuous learning. I am also in the process of scheduling CHIA certification. My passion for healthcare and giving back to the community is the main driver to join HISA. I have a lot to offer the NSW community to support and shape the state’s present and future eHealth agenda and promote digital health.
Heidi Bjering is a lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University (WSU), where her teaching interests are in the areas of XML and Web Development, Systems Analysis and Design and Health Informatics. She has been involved in developing and delivering the WSU Health Informatics program, an interest that developed during her research Masters degree which dealt with temporal aspects of health data. More currently she has been involved with terminology and data representation issues in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her PhD research she is investigating how IT can be used to support good health in the elderly, and is exploring ways to include older adults in the conception and design of these gerontechnology systems. Heidi has been a member of HISA NSW’s committee for the last 10 years, and would like the opportunity to continue to help create an engaging community of health informaticians.
Dr Jon Carrano
Advocating on behalf of NSW members, enhancing communication and expanding the range of events offered locally, remain my priorities as an active member of the NSW Committee. Over the past decade I have contributed to enhancing health informatics and I’ve been involved in various capacities supporting HISA conferences and events. I’m also a current member of the HISA Precision Medicine Community of Practice Steering Committee. My initial career was in hospital-based & university medical research and biotech. I then spent over two decades in the commercial sector, in healthcare related software and services, as local General Manager for US companies. I was primarily focused on clinical trials solutions but more recently found myself involved in My Health Record. I now manage my own company, tailoring overseas solutions for local requirements - working with local start-ups, public and private healthcare organisations. I’m a graduate of AICD and an active member of multiple societies across life sciences & technology. I seek to foster synergies to improve seamless data interchange and achieve coordinated healthcare delivery.
Dr Amandeep Hansra
I am passionate about connecting the needs of every day healthcare practitioners with the possibilities of Digital Health. I’m a practicing GP as well as having spent 10 years in the Digital Health space from establishing telemedicine services, both in Australia and internationally, to major reviews of Australia’s ehealth infrastructure. I have a Fellowship of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian College of Health Informatics. I sit on the RACGP Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Management and work as a Clinical Reference Lead for ADHA. I am committed to the growth of the Digital Health Workforce and support the creative careers of other healthcare practitioners through the Creative Careers in Medicine organisation which has grown in the space of one year to 4000 members. My goal is to bring more healthcare practitioners along on the journey of Digital Health innovation and transformation. I welcome the opportunity bring a unique and fresh perspective to HISA.
As a 2019-2020 Committee member, my vision for HISA NSW involves 3 interlinked areas of growth:
- Clinician engagement. Being a practicing doctor, I have observed an underrepresentation of clinicians at NSW HISA events. In 2019-20, I will help shape HISA events and initiatives to support clinicians wanting to drive innovation within NSW Health. HISA should be the peak advisor for clinicians trying to navigate the challenges of the NSW health system to bring the full potential of health technology to their patients.
- Skilling for start-ups. During my Masters in eHealth and work with the World Health Organisation, I learned about research and design in health informatics - but I still have no idea about start-ups! HISA NSW is linked to the most disruptive IT innovators. Lets bring them together to inspire and empower others to learn how to get ideas off the ground and onto your iPhone.
- Increasing Junior Membership. Young people are passionate about technology, yet the HISA youth agenda is still emerging. Using my teaching roles at universities and medical leadership positions, I seek to position HISA NSW as a key player in recruiting talent into the health informatics field. Some of the best apps originated in high schools, and HISA NSW should recognise and grow this potential!
Jeremy is driven by improving patient outcomes and the patient experience - smart digitalisation and de-siloing of healthcare and aligning purposeful technologies to aid the clinical workflow. Building awareness of the importance of well-rounded clinical leadership and clinician engagement in digital health and clinical informatics is pivotal. His appointment to the Clinical Informatics Community of Practice Steering Committee and joint authorship on the Allied Health whitepaper reflects this commitment. He maintains his Pharmacy registration, with mental health advance practice qualifications, is a CBAP and a CHIA. Digital health transformations are Jeremy's focus – his roles expand across NSW in oral health, critical care and community health settings (clinical documentation and medication management), clinical system safety, and clinical terminology. His current appointment is with the Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW. He has a significant interest in leveraging robotic process automation, codesign and interoperability standards to deliver clinical and business objectives.
A/Prof Simon Poon
Simon K. Poon is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney specialising in Health Informatics Research. He is a cross?disciplinary researcher with training in diverse disciplines including Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Management, Information Systems and Public Health. His research interests encompass the interaction of health and technology. With the increasing shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of digital technologies, one of Simon's key research agenda is to foster methodological advances in health technology evaluation. One aspect is about developing qualitative and quantitative methods and tools to assess impacts of health technologies in complex organisational settings. The other aspect is to identify and evaluate factors that affect the successful adoption of health technologies. His ongoing effort in collaboration with clinical colleagues is to validate practical measurement models that could reflect on technological, organisational and environmental issues for digital health adoption in hospital and community settings. He is also interested in developing practical artificial intelligent tools for medical screening and monitoring. His recent research work includes using machine learning to explore the relationships between blood pressure variability and risk of stroke, new features for dementia screening and classifications of footstep patterns for fall prevention. Simon has also published extensively in the emerging area of complementary and integrative medicine. Simon is currently the director of a multi?disciplinary postgraduate program: Master of Health Technology Innovation (MHTI). He also holds honorary positions with the Sydney Business School and NSW Local Health Districts. He has been supervising research students from a variety of disciplines including Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy we well as Business. Prior to his academic career, he had worked in the banking and Aviation industry for 7 years and completed commercial pilot training at the British Aerospace Flying College in the UK. My hope is to foster synergies between research, education, practice and policies.
Louise Van Der Kraan
HISA provides such valuable opportunities for members and the healthcare industry to engage. This is something I am passionate about, to help progress initiatives that support the digital evolution of healthcare services. From frontline clinical applications through to digital platforms supporting connected ecosystems. The engagement and momentum we are seeing across the region is inspiring. With 17 years’ experience, in local and global teams, I work with technology and healthcare domain specialists to understand market requirements and articulate how technology enabled solutions assist healthcare organisations meet their objectives and improve service delivery for national, state and local health district care coordination programs. With your support, I would greatly value the opportunity to once again draw on my experience of marketing, communication and collaboration with cross-sector stakeholders to work with members of the HISA NSW Executive Committee to plan and provide engaging and relevant educational sessions that benefit our members and the broader e-health community.