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Leader of Australia’s eHealth authority to speak in Melbourne

July 12 2011, Singapore: The HIMSS Asia Pac’11 Confer- ence in Melbourne, incorporating the HIMAA 2011 Nation- al Conference, will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal (AO), National Clinical Lead for Austral- ia’s National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA). Dr. Haikerwal will share the work NEHTA is doing in establish- ing a national eHealth infrastructure to better collect and securely exchange health information electronically. NEHTA is the managing agent for the Personally

Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) program supporting the Australian Government in its commitment that from the 1st of July 2012, all Australians will have the option to sign up for a PCEHR. “I am a passionate believer in the benefits of the use

of modern technologies in the Australian health system and the impact eHealth can have in enhancing the safety and quality of healthcare in Australia. I encourage you to come and learn about the progress being made towards the goal of connecting the health information of Austral- ians, supporting and improving current practice and opti- mizing the system for the future,” Dr Haikerwal said. Other best practices in healthcare technology from

around the region will be shared during the three-day event to be held from the 20th to the 22nd of September at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. The conference will feature about 55 speakers from around the world, 72 presentations and 5 panel discussions. From pre-conference symposia and the leadership summit, to thought leader programs and education sessions, HIMSS Asia Pac’11 offers an opportunity to network with the growing healthcare information industry’s best minds. At the Leadership Summit, Dr Sarah Muttitt, the Chief

Information Officer of the Information Systems Division at the Ministry of Health Holdings in Singapore, will talk about the business case for HIT, making strategic invest- ments and measuring benefit as well as extraction of long term value from HIT investments. Experts in the field from Malaysia, Chile and New Zealand will also share a range and depth of experiences in healthcare IT and important lessons learned along their IT adoption journeys.

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal (AO) to deliver keynote at HIMSS Australia Conference about the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA)

“Given the Australian government’s emphasis on

healthcare reform, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the dialogues that the eHealth authorities have had regarding participation issues, information management, privacy and security, implementation, evaluation and consultation,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS Presi- dent/CEO. Other topics that will be discussed in the conference

include National Health IT Plans, Hospital IT Management in Japan, healthcare going mobile and the roadmap to going paperless. There will also be a number of pre-conference sympo-

sia and workshops to cater to special streams such as ‘Nursing Informatics’ ‘Clinicians IT,’ ‘Mobile Health.’ The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) will also be conducting a workshop as part of pre-conference activities. “We are very excited about the calibre of speak-

ers and the range of events we have lined up for HIMSS Asia Pac’11. This is truly a one of a kind opportunity for anyone who is interested in the present and future of the healthcare IT industry,” said HIMSS Asia Pac’11 Organis- ing Committee Chairman Dr. Andrew P. Howard. About 80 leading companies offering healthcare IT

products and services will be showcasing their cutting- edge technologies and innovative health IT solutions at the Exhibition. The conference and exhibition, which is organized by

HIMSS Asia Pacific, is the sixth edition in the region. Since its establishment, HIMSS Asia Pacific has successfully organised HIMSS Asia Pacific Conferences and Exhibi- tions around the region, in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Korea.

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