Precision Medicine is an emerging, evolving field whereby increasing amounts of different types of information are used to shape prevention, prediction, diagnosis and treatment at population, patient group and individual level. It is the way of the future.
In response to this, HISA has established a Precision Medicine Community of Practice to engage, inform and influence the HISA community and the broader health ecosystem on this important area. We want to ensure that the informatics community understands what Precision Medicine is, the initiatives internationally and here in Australia, ongoing developments in this field and the challenges it raises so that we can support its introduction into our health system. This will make us better positioned to ensure that data/information requirements and standards are understood and in place and technology solutions evolve to support the increasing use of Precision Medicine.
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Kathy Campbell (Chair)
Ockham Consulting Pty Ltd
Kathy Campbell has held executive roles in healthcare over the past 20 years with providers, consulting firms and vendors in Australia and overseas, including as IM & ICT Project Director for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and as CIO of UnitingCare Health. Kathy now provides consulting assistance to organisations such as Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Queensland Genomics Health Alliance, Queensland Health and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Brisbane North Primary Health Network and Uniting AgeWell (Vic/Tas).
Data & Technology Program Manager
Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance
Kate Birch believes that we have an opportunity to learn from every patient, every interaction, every time, to deliver healthcare that is effective, sustainable and equitable. To do this, she delivers health IT projects that better support care delivery, clinical practise, research and operations. Kate manages the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Data & Technology Program, which is delivering GenoVic. GenoVic is a leading-edge system for the management of genomic data, being built by and for the 10 members of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Supporting improved testing, patient care, and medical research, GenoVic will facilitate secure and ethical use and sharing of reliable genomic information. GenoVic encompasses common infrastructure, standards, policies and procedures for genomics across Alliance members, currently including all the laboratory providers of genomic sequencing in Victoria. Kate’s career has taken a “bench to bedside” trajectory. She began as a molecular biologist, moving into epidemiological and then clinical research, and then clinical project delivery. She has consulted to the health industry with Deloitte, has executive level experience in a clinical research centre, and has an extensive working knowledge of medical research and hospital based information management requirements, barriers and opportunities. Kate has a proven ability to work successfully in complex stakeholder environments to develop information system strategy, design and implement data governance activities, and to curate, manage and integrate large medical research datasets. Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Masters in Information Systems and is a Certified Health Informatician (Australasia).
Queensland Genomics Health Alliance
David Bunker is the Executive Director of the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. He has a commitment to health and social outcomes, and values-based business transformation. His commitments include significant voluntary contribution to NFP Boards, Graduate Business Schools, as well as Professional Societies and Academic Colleges. His current focus with the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance is to fast track genomics research and its translation into common healthcare practice, while building a sound, evidence-based decision making framework for strategic capability and capacity building programs within the health system.
Board, College and Society Membership:
- Chair and Non-Executive Director – Epilepsy Queensland Incorporated
- Council Member and Fellow, Chair of Membership Committee – Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI)
- Chair Cybersecurity Community of Practice – Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
- Co-Chair Research Advisory Group – National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative
- Member Research Programs Reference Group – Australian Digital Health Agency
- Member, Statewide Genetic Health Queensland Service Planning Implementation Committee – Queensland Health
- Member, Research Investment Advisory Committee – Australian E-Health Research Centre CSIRO
- Member, Precision Medicine Community of Practice – Health Informatics Society of Australia
- Executive Advisor, QUT Graduate School of Management – Executive MBA Program
- Reviewer – International Journal of Medical Informatics
Dr Jon Carrano
Jon has a long standing interest in clinical research and health data analytics and combines a background in biomedical research with technical experience implementing solutions for clinical trials and pharmacovigilance. Improving patient selection for clinical trials and novel approaches to treatment methodologies are among Jon’s current interests. Jon was previously local General Manager & Regional Director in the management team of leading US based software organisations. During that period Jon led sales and managed a consulting team implementing corporate software and developing local solutions. Clients included commercial, academic and government customers in Australia and Asia. In 2014, Jon founded Pharmsite to continue providing best-of-breed software solutions, particularly suited to the Australian market. Jon is on the HISA NSW Committee and contributes to various HISA initiatives, as well as other related industry organisations and working groups.
Managing Director, Health ANZ
Leigh passionately believes in the mission of HISA: the need and opportunity to improve healthcare through better use of technology and information. This has been his focus for the past decade, working for the past three years on the PCEHR system as Accenture’s Health Lead (ANZ), and prior to this with the NHS on the National Programme for IT. Leigh believes Australia has come a long way already in e-health, but we have a lot further to go. He believes HISA is the strong and vibrant catalyst to bring this change and bring together the various players – public and private, providers, payers, vendors and policy-makers – to realise the promise of health informatics.
Healthcare Innovation Advisor
Peter has over twenty five years experience in healthcare and has worked in senior executive positions in information management and technology in two state health departments and nationally. He is currently Oracle’s Healthcare Industry Advisor for Australia and New Zealand helping healthcare organisations to undertake business transformation and digital evolution, and is responsible for developing health industry patterns that are used across Asia-Pacific and Europe. He is a member of several international working groups on health information technology standards and is the current Treasurer and past President of the Australasian College of Health Informatics.
Queensland Genomics Health Alliance
Dayna Williamson is an experienced health system strategist and engagement specialist, and has led clinical improvement and health system design projects across Queensland. After leading the development and implementation of Metro North Hospital and Health Service’s clinical engagement strategies and programs, Dayna co-led the design and delivery of an innovative approach for a 10 year health service strategy for Metro North. Following a brief stint in the energy sector where Dayna introduced person and community centered methods for customer strategies, engagement and experience within Queensland’s Electricity Distribution businesses, Dayna returned to the healthcare industry to take up the role of General Manager at Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. Dayna’s passion, enthusiasm and commitment to innovation in business and healthcare has seen her win multiple international awards including the 2016 Global Business Challenge and the Houston Technology Centre Award for Innovation at the 2016 Sasin Business Competition in Thailand.
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Family Medicine – Precision Medicine in Primary Care
American Family Physician 2017
Cognitive health care in 2027 – Harnessing a data-driven approach in personalised health care
Thomas H. Davenport and Ravi Kalakota
September 2017, Deloitte University Press
Horizon Scanning Series. The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia
This input paper prepared by Adrian Turner et al, with contributions from Cheryl George, Bill Simpson-Young, Dr Stephen Hardy, Dr Chelle Nic Raghnaill and Jane Polak Scowcroft (Data61)
Going beyond genomics in precision medicine: what’s next
Health Catalyst www.healthcatalyst.com
Kate Birch is a member of the Precision Medicine Community of Practice Steering Committee There was a full day precision medicine pre-conference symposia. It was attended by about 160 people, including Richard Gibbs. What was clear to me from this day is that the...read more