HIC 2017 in Brisbane 6-9 August

Healthcare leaders from the US, UK and India, along with those making an impact in Australia’s health community at policy and community levels are set to share their experience at the Health Informatics Conference 2017  (HIC), 6-9 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Keynote speakers include the National Health Service’s Dr Helen Bevan (UK) who will be speaking on the lessons e-healthcare can learn from social movements. Can big data be used to fight cancer? Dr Ken Carson (US) thinks it can, and will discuss how Flatiron Health is doing just that.

Dr Kaveh Safavi (US) is outspoken on the topic of maintaining personalised patient care in digital health and Matthew Holt (US) discusses the crucial step in encouraging patients to embrace health tech, known as SMACK Health.     

Rural and remote care is covered from India to Western Australia, with Dr Kanev Kahol (India) showing how India tackles remote connected care, and Lucy Falcocchio from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service joining with Dr Amandeep Hansra from Telstra ReadyCare to discuss the obstacles in delivering telehealth across WA.

Workshop streams feature emerging clinical leaders such as engineer-slash-doctor Justin Wong, who established start-up Oncollogist as his answer to the communication issues he saw in his time as a medical registrar. User-centred design is also featured on the program, with participants invited to take part in a hands-on exercise with a UX specialist and members of eHealth NSW, Australian Digital Health Agency, and the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Melbourne

Mental health in the primary care setting is the focus of a workshop with Dr Steve Leicester from eheadspace, and Alana Henderson advocates on what needs to be done to bridge the communication divide between health professionals and consumers.

Patient and consumer engagement features heavily across the program, covering wearables and smarthome technology by Monash University researcher Dr Ruth De Souza and speech pathology PhD candidate Dawn Choo.

In primary and community care HIC features speakers such as Lisa Capamagian from Tunstall Healthcare to discuss connected care in chronic disease management; a presentation from the eHealth Queensland team on their work connecting GPs to hospitals; and the results of the MyHealth Record opt-out trial in the Nepean Blue Mountains presented by Jo-Anna Wood from eHealth NSW. Migrant health, disaster management and aged care are also topics of discussion.

Professional development opportunities in informatics and technology design abound, along with training in career development and professional community building. Social events include the gala dinner, networking drinks and trade exhibition. 

Demographer Bernard Salt will be discussing the wellness revolution, and Tony Jones from Australian’s very own Monday night institution Q&A returns to lead our guests in another cracking panel discussion on the realities of connecting healthcare in the Australian setting.

The conference also plays host to the Hacking Health competition, with teams working on prototypes for new tech to contribute connected care to the health system, health practitioners, patients, or consumer. The top five finalists will present their ideas on the last day of HIC.

For further information please contact:

Heather Hunt 

Communications, Marketing & Engagement Director

t: +61 3 9326 3311  |  m: +61 (0 429 453 306 | e: [email protected]