Conference is meeting of health, IT

The integration of healthcare services and IT in south Auckland will be on the agenda at this week's inaugural health informatics conference in Auckland.

The integration of healthcare services and IT in south Auckland will be on the agenda at this week’s inaugural health informatics conference in Auckland.

The conference, which runs from today until Saturday, will cover many aspects of IT as it relates to the health sector. Subjects will range from the development of a national child cancer database to revamps of information systems at the Auckland District Health Board to the use of XML in clinical document architecture.

It will also feature an update on government initiatives, with some announcements to be made and the Wave project discussed. Mike Rillstone, chief health IT adviser at the health ministry, is the first keynote speaker.

Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) is staging the event and chair Ann Browett says impetus came after NINZ (Nursing Informatics New Zealand) and NZHIF (the New Zealand Health Informatics Foundation) merged in 2000 to create HINZ.

“We realised we were competing for resources and that it would be better to combine the two organisations.”

With a national health informatics body established, a national conference was a logical progression and this week’s event was scheduled in part because two other international health informatics gatherings are being held in Melbourne at the same time.

“Some of the impetus has been the availability of international speakers and the ability to link to the other conferences,” says Browett.

The Melbourne conferences are the Australian HIC (Health Informatics Conference) 2002 and an HL7 (Health Level 7) event. HL7 is an international health sector standards development organisation.

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