Health IT conference hits Auckland

If you're in health IT, Auckland's Hyatt Regency is the place to be this week. Topics to be addressed at the second annual HINZ (Health Informatics New Zealand) conference today, tomorrow and Friday include electronic referrals, web-based health records and nursing informatics.

If you’re in health IT, Auckland’s Hyatt Regency is the place to be this week.

Topics to be addressed at the second annual HINZ (Health Informatics New Zealand) conference today, tomorrow and Friday include electronic referrals, web-based health records and nursing informatics.

HINZ chair Ann Browett says an aim of this year’s conference is to build on the success of last year’s, “especially in relation to the HL7 content in the programme”.

HL7 is an international health sector standards development organisation. A session relating to it happens on the final day of the conference.

Speakers include Ministry of Health chief information and technology adviser Mike Rillstone, who will speak on evolving a connected health care system, and NZ Defence Force CIO Ron Hooton. New Zealand case studies to be highlighted include Otago University’s patient point of care electronic medication management system, the shared IT services delivered to Waitemata and Counties Manukau district health boards by heathAlliance and the telepaediatric network, which allows paediatricians to link via video and observe each others’ work. Overseas speakers will deliver talks on subjects such as Melbourne Health’s eReferral scheme.

This year’s conference dovetails with Australia’s equivalent, the HIC (Health Informatics Conference), to be held in Sydney the week after. Some international speakers are going to both and the combined proceedings will be made available on CD, Browett says. The proceedings will also be indexed on recognised international health literature databases including Melin, a medical one, and Cinahl, a nursing literature database.

The Ministry of Health and health IT cluster are involved with the conference, as is the NZ Institute of Health Management and the NZ HL7 users group. New Zealand Trade & Enterprise is also involved. Registrations are expected to reach 200, compared with 120 last year, Browett says.

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