Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 29th August 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Networking

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Overview of the National Digital Health Strategy and Integration with EMR: What Can You Expect?

Dr Monica Trujillo, Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance - CCIO, Australian Digital Health Agency


Dr Monica Trujillo

Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance - CCIO
Australian Digital Health Agency

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM Solution Provider Session –

Big data and health informatics will change the way healthcare is practised. Technology is an enabler in connecting the disparate parts of the healthcare system to better understand what an individual needs and produce better outcomes more cost effectively. Greater exploration in how we can leverage data to improve health outcomes must become a core purpose for every organisation. However, with big data comes the need to ensure better governance of data and cyber security issues and reassessment of workforce capabilities.

Discussion points will include:
  • What are the opportunities for big data and health informatics to improve healthcare?
  • Data governance and cyber security measures that you must have in place
  • Are people within health appropriately skilled to be able to utilise and understand data?
  • How to use of machine learning and predictive modelling in a healthcare context
  • What technology can we leverage to improve decision making and data analytics?



Professor Karin Verspoor

Deputy Director, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre
The University of Melbourne

Andrew Cording

Chief Pharmacist
St Vincent’s Health Australia

Alexius Julian

Chief Medical Information Officer
St John of God Health Care

Adrian Hutchinson

Chief Nursing and Allied Health Information Officer
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM CASE STUDY: Victorian Heart Hospital Project – The Clinical and ICT Journey

Anne Mennen, Director of Development, Victorian Heart Hospital Rod Sprenger, Technology Program Manager, Victorian Heart Hospital
In response to Victoria’s increasing burden of cardiovascular disease, Monash Health in partnership with Monash University and the Victorian State Government is planning Australia’s first dedicated Heart Hospital which will comprise of strategically located and purpose-built facilities to significantly expand the existing capacity and models of care and enable a flexible and proactive approach to rapidly evolving technology. Anne and Rod will give a joint presentation and provide their respective insights from a clinical and ICT perspective:

  • Overview on how this new development will impact the way we deliver on cardiac care by way of future-proofing for capacity growth and new paradigms of care
  • Insight into their clinical journey – current status, meaningful statistics, workforce management and strategy for clinical transformation
  • Insight into their ICT journey – planned technology, HIMSS 6 aspirations and how to bring it all together
  • Challenges associated with integrating eHealth solutions in design


Anne Mennen

Director of Development
Victorian Heart Hospital

Rod Sprenger

Technology Program Manager
Victorian Heart Hospital


11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Digital Health and healthcare Equality in the Hume Region: We Just Have to ‘Bite the Bullet’.

Jane Kealey, Telehealth Manager - Emergency Department, Northeast Health Wangaratta
Digital health is a good fit for rural and regional populations. Building on 4 years of experience in development of Regional Emergency Department Telehealth services, inpatient and outpatient video consultations across the region, more recent work has positioned Northeast Health Wangaratta to lead development of:
  • Facilitation and delivery of tertiary specialist telehealth clinics (Hume Telehealth Agency) supported by funding from DHHS, linking consumers with clinicians
  • Broad participation and independence in telehealth across health services in the Hume region using a phased approach
  • Digital health can reduce the rural-metro health divide, we just need to bite the bullet.

Jane Kealey

Telehealth Manager - Emergency Department
Northeast Health Wangaratta

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM CASE STUDY: Leveraging Digital Capabilities to Transform Patient Centred Care

John Papatheohari, Chief Information Officer, Cabrini
  • Executable ICT Strategy: articulating the opportunity gaps, defining a business design reflective of the vision, and aligning execution priorities to delivery on the strategic intent
  • Digital Solution Principles: providing for patient interaction continuum coverage, ensuring clinician vs. patient centricity delineation transparency and workflow seamlessness, and effecting data liberation (integration, interoperability, analytics)
  • Value Realisation: institutionalising prioritisation, articulating both benefit measures and associated benefactors, and responsive validation of value delivery


John Papatheohari

Chief Information Officer


1:40 PM - 2:10 PM CASE STUDY: Establishing Mature Info-Security and Governance Regimes to Successfully Deliver EMR

Alexius Julian, Chief Medical Information Officer, St John of God Health Care
Over the last 2 years, IT leaders of the 367-bed St John of God Midland (SJG) public and private hospital in Perth represents a series of firsts for St John of God Health Care (SJGHC): it was their first Public-private partnership, it was their first greenfield site in WA in recent years and it was built with the intention of being their first digital hospital. Midland has undergone a revolutionary EMR journey as a stepping stone to it becoming fully digitized. It is also the first step toward the entire SJGHC group becoming fully digitised. SJG continues to work with the staff of the hospital to overcome the cultural and technical challenges, progress the transition to a digitally enabled care environment. Thorough benefit realisation analyses are still ongoing. In this session, Alexius will discuss:
  • Key challenges faced along their EMR journey and how they have overcome those challenges
  • How being future-focused and wiling to challenge the status quo is crucial for remaining innovative and meeting higher demands for better, safer and mobile care
  • Why maturity of cyber security and data governance regimes can impact the success of your delivery
  • The importance of understanding and leveraging informatics to better inform clinical decisions


Alexius Julian

Chief Medical Information Officer
St John of God Health Care

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM CASE STUDY: Bendigo Hospital Project: Building a World-Class Digital Health Facility

Bruce Winzar, Executive Director Information Services & Chief Information Officer, Bendigo Health
The Bendigo Hospital Project is the largest regional hospital development in Victoria, renowned for innovation and incorporating the latest technology into its design. It has been an intense journey of planning with Stage One now complete and Stage Two poised to be completed mid-2018. In this session, Bruce will reflect on the journey to date, with a particular focus on:
  • Incorporating business intelligence into design and delivery of services
  • Their decision making process and implementation of new ICT enablers for a range of digitised services and their major reconfiguration, integration and review of Active Directory as a key functional component of role based service delivery
  • Resourcefulness, change management and governance as key factors for successful digital transformation and operational effectiveness
  • How Bendigo Hospital went about going fully digital with minimal prototyping


Bruce Winzar

Executive Director Information Services & Chief Information Officer
Bendigo Health


3:10 PM - 3:40 PM CASE STUDY: Building Capability in the EMR to Support a Research Data Warehouse - Implementation of an Oncology Information System

Jane Ross, Project Director (Acting) Clinical Systems Projects, Austin Hospital


Jane Ross

Project Director (Acting) Clinical Systems Projects
Austin Hospital

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM CASE STUDY: Achieving Clinical Efficiency and Patient Engagement in the Digital World

Dr Joanne Curry, Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Informatics Western Sydney University and Griffith Business School
Key takeaways:
  • Understand how the patient journey can impact digital innovation
  • Understand how visual representations can improve efficiency
  • See real-life examples of how patient journey models have been used to communicate and engage clinicians; patients; managers; and IT staff


Dr Joanne Curry

Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Informatics Western Sydney University and Griffith Business School