About HISA QLD
Queensland has a long history of progressing health informatics in Australia. The members of the Queensland branch of ANISIG (Australian Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group) were among the original founding members who initiated the broader national Health Informatics Society of Australia and hosted the first two Health Informatics Conferences in Brisbane and the Gold Coast in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
A Queensland branch of IMIA also existed in the early days and was disbanded in favour of HISA Queensland Branch early in 1995. More recently Brisbane had the honour of hosting the 12th International Health (Medical) Informatics Congress concurrently with HIC in 2007.
Queensland is also notable in being home to a number of prominent e-health enterprises such as the Australian eHealth Research Centre, Blue Care Smart Home, CharmHealth, Medical-Objects, iSOFT.
The current HISA Queensland branch is committed to continuing this tradition of health hnformatics support and development. They aim to foster and maintain a strong health informatics community in Queensland by providing opportunities for discussion, debate, learning and networking for all people with an interest in informatics in health care. As a branch we will maintain links with HISA’s national office and represent and advocate in national health informatics forums on behalf of our membership.
We welcome feedback or requests from the Queensland community.
I am an independent e-health consultant with thirty years’ experience in healthcare, e-health strategy, change, training and risk management. I am passionate about healthcare improvement and reform enabled by ICT. I have provided health informatics consultancies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, England, Ireland and Wales. I am currently the Chair, HISA Queensland Branch and am on the Board of CHIA. I am committed to increasing Certification for Health Informaticians in Australasia (CHIA) and have developed a Health Informatics course which I deliver in China, Singapore and Australia for Flinders University Master of Health Administration award. I am keen to make further, valuable contributions to digital health in Australia and commit to engage actively as a HISA Queensland State Branch member across health informatics education, advocacy, standards, representation and governance.
Dr Hugo Leroux
In my role as research scientist at the Australian eHealth Research centre, my focus is on providing the necessary framework to assist the clinicians in providing the appropriate level of care to their patients by implementing health system infrastructure that facilitate the seamless flow and promote more effective integration of clinical data from disparate sources. During my four-year tenure on the HISA QLD branch committee, I have drawn upon my passion for clinical system interoperability and data linkage to influence the debate on the correct approaches to transforming the delivery of health care and improving patients’ outcomes. Consequently, I have been involved in organising several state events. My key motivation in continuing to serve on the HISA QLD committee is to foster the dialogue between the research community, health informaticians and health-care providers to drive innovation in health care delivery and in the management of clinical data to improve the patients’ health care journey.
I am a Health Practitioner in Hospital Health Sciences at Metro North HHS. 30 years’ experience including therapeutic Tissue Banking, Clinical Registries and Outcomes monitoring, Epidemiology and Clinical Research has given me a broad perspective of our healthcare system. My experiences reinforce my passion for science and recognition of the significance of Health Informatics and the better use of data as underpinning evidence-based, patient-centred improvements to our health system and clinical care. My particular focus is on the use of Analytics to inform clinical decision-making, Health Service management and clinical innovation. I am dedicated to broadening this recognition amongst our colleagues and higher decision-makers, and supporting the roles and developing competencies of all Health Informaticians to enable the improvement of our Healthcare Systems. I am a member of the Qld Health Digital Healthcare Improvement Clinical Network and have been on HISAQ’s Exec for nearly a decade and I hope to have the privilege of continuing my contribution to HISA Queensland over the coming term.
Jason has worked on significant healthcare transformational initiatives in Queensland including the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) Program, Secondary Triage and Referrals Project (for the Queensland Ambulance Service), the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Project and is currently leading the Digital Transformation Portfolio for the Sunshine Coast HHS. Jason continues to promote the role of ICT in establishing a seamless care continuum across primary, secondary and tertiary health. Jason has contributed to the Queensland healthcare sector for over 10 years. As a software company founder, he developed Multiprac, an infection control and outbreak management solution, based on an openEHR repository, now used in numerous Queensland hospitals. Jason is a natural connector and is passionate about increasing collaboration between Start-ups, Small Businesses, Not for Profits, Researchers, Corporations and Government, disrupting tradition methods and finding more ways to work together on innovative and commercially viable ventures to solve business, healthcare and community problems.
I am an information technology expert and independent consultant with two decades of commercial experience in software design, development, and deployment. My areas of expertise include health informatics, architecture, strategy, facilitation and implementation. As a former lead architect in the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA), I made a significant contribution to the development and adoption of national solutions including the My Health Record, the National Prescription & Dispense Repository, the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS), and HL7 CDA-based clinical information exchange. I am also an active volunteer standards developer in HL7 and SNOMED International. I value the work HISA does in the Australian informatics community and am keen to contribute to this cause by joining the HISA Queensland State Branch. Should I be appointed, I would seek to engage with the community on advocacy, standards adoption, and collaboration among implementers.
Joe Griffiths has been involved in health for over 10 years working in all areas of Public, Private, Primary, Aged and Community Care. This has covered working for health clinical solution providers, working with Capita on Health Triage solutions and being on the HISA advisory panel. Joe was on the HISA Qld committee for 4 years as VP, is a CHIA, a GAICD and has server on a number of Australian boards. To the Qld HISA committee, Joe will bring a passion for innovative and interconnecting health, a comprehensive knowledge of IT and comprehensive health network.
I have 10 years management experience in the health and community services sectors. My passion is to ensure access to high quality services for all people in the community. I have been a member of the HISA Qld Branch Executive Committee since June 2015 and hope that I might have an opportunity to continue to contribute to the future success of HISA in its efforts to promote health reform enabled by health informatics and digital health. My demonstrated success and skills include: – Successfully leading a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to redesigning services to improve responsiveness to client needs, accessibility, efficiency and generating an alternate revenue stream. – Using content experts, business analytics and technology to transform service performance reporting and improvement activities. – Facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to articulating economic benefits of services delivery to lobby funding stakeholders to make further investments in service delivery. Fostering external relations with funding bodies, the university sector and industry stakeholders.
I have 27 years’ experience working across the health sector, spanning not-for-profit, public sector, hospitals, primary health care and academia, including the past fifteen years as Chief Executive Officer of CheckUP Australia. I have served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past 2 years and am keen to continue my involvement with the HISA community. I bring in-depth knowledge and experience of health informatics development and innovation across the primary health and community sectors. I have played a leadership role in fostering the implementation of a significant range of e-health and health informatics initiatives. I have a very broad network of individual and organisational contacts spanning the health and community services sector. Many of these organisations are making significant advances in health informatics and digital innovation. I would welcome the opportunity to ensure these organisations are linked to the HISA health informatics community in Queensland.
While there have been significant advances in the use of health informatics in recent years, it can be argued that eHealth solutions are failing to contribute at scale to improving universal access to health care and reducing health system costs in Australia. Many eHealth initiatives remain siloed, lack the connectivity required by clients and fail to fit into peoples’ daily lives. I believe the Health Informatics Society Queensland Branch could play a useful role in breaking down some of the barriers to the wider use of eHealth and developing policy that could support the major priorities for health care in Queensland. I have twenty years of experience in the telecommunications, health care and health informatics standards in Australian and Europe, as an academic, ICT strategist, engineer, architect and project manager. I have led numerous health and emergency services initiatives providing telehealth, decision support, information systems, telecommunications and networks.
Membership of HISA QLD is available to all financial members of HISA. Benefits of being a HISA member include:
- Subscription to the HISA QLD email list, forums and group blogs
- The opportunity to influence and drive the e-health and health informatics agenda in Queensland
- 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
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