Health IT heavy hitters from across the globe will soon descend on Brisbane, for the HIMSS AsiaPac18 conference and exhibition, as it brings together an extensive international roster of leading thinkers.

Themed Healthcare Anytime, Anywhere, this year’s conference will host eHealth Queensland’s Dr Richard Ashby, IBM Australia’s Stephen Burmester, National Geographic’s Marcus East, Australian Defence Force’s Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, Australian Digital Health Agency’s Tim Kelsey and HIMSS’ Neil Patel, among others.

Helping kick the main conference program off on Tuesday will be a panel discussion on Leadership Voices: Healthcare Anytime, Anywhere (Tue, 6 November). The session will feature HIMSS President and CEO Harold Wolf III, eHealth Queensland’s Dr Richard Ashby, the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Tim Kelsey, and United Family Healthcare’s Dr Jenny Shao sharing their views on the changing healthcare landscape. 

The second keynote plenary session is themed The Secrets to Successful EHR Implementation – It's Much More than Just the Software. Deloitte Consulting’s Shantaram Rangappa will explore how organisations can ensure electronic health records (EHRs) are used as a strategic tool, a true clinical asset, and put at the core of an organisation’s ability to clinically transform the care delivered to patients. This session also explores the lessons learnt across multiple EHR implementations.  

Cyber security will come under focus later on Tuesday, when IBM Australia’s Stephen Burmester leads a keynote entitled Is Your Healthcare Ecosystem Cyber Resilient?, addressing how to protect confidentiality of patient information and integrity of clinical data in a connected healthcare environment.

Blockchain is another topic that is put under the spotlight on Tuesday, with CareChain’s Johan Sellström deep diving into Why We need Blockchain for Precision Health. He explains how blockchain enables self-sovereign digital identity and health records, and will include a case study of Karolinska University Hospital, which built a solution according to these principles for advanced hospital care in the home.

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Kicking the main program off on Wednesday is a panel discussion on Health Information Exchange in the Military Health Systems to Support Care Coordination Within and Across Borders. Australian Defence Force’s Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Vice-Marshal Alastair Reid and Singapore Armed Forces’ RADM(Dr) Tang Kong Choong will be speaking at this session. 

The following keynote plenary session is themed From Monologue to Dialogue: How National Geographic Deepened Engagement with Consumers and Became the World's Number One Social Media Brand. National Geographic’s Marcus East shares how investments in technology, the creation of new business processes, and a culture of innovation have helped the brand stay relevant and continue to push the boundaries of storytelling even after 130 years.

Adopting innovation will come under focus later that afternoon, with HIMSS’ Neil Patel tackling the adoption of innovation – whether internal or external, encompassing both digital and analog, as well as the human and technological aspects. This session is expected to bring together the old and the new, aligning digital progress with behaviour and change management.

The closing keynote plenary on Wednesday is about the Push for Internet Hospitals in China and is presented by HIMSS Greater China’s Jilan Liu.

These keynote sessions for the main conference are in addition to multiple other sessions that run in streams. 

A CXO Summit and IHE AsiaPac Summit will be held on 5 November and as part of the conference, there will be hospital tours to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital on 8 November. 

Download the program guide from here.

 

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