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Future of digital health gets top billing at CeBIT

The latest strategic advancements in digital health, designed to improve service delivery and health outcomes in Australia, will be one of a number of key discussions at CeBIT Australia to be held in Sydney in May.

The CeBIT focus comes as an Austrade report says Australia’s digital health industry is set to reach a market value of $2.21 billion by 2020, an expected annual growth of 12.3%.

CeBIT takes place at the International Convention Centre Sydney, between 23 to 25 May and the CeBIT Digital Health conference will take place on 25 May.

Chris Harwood, platforms and operations at Healthdirect Australia, says the company recognises CeBIT Australia as an essential forum to discuss the future of technology in delivering healthcare services.

“As healthcare is a major growth industry in Australia’s economy, CeBIT Australia is a pivotal forum for health professionals to learn about the digital advancements and emerging innovations that will transform health services and the current models of care delivery to better meet patient needs.”

Over 25 international and local experts will explore health topics, from the latest insights into holistic and integrated approaches in digital health, to eRecords and big data, artificial intelligence and robotic surgery.

Tim Kelsey, chief executive officer at Australian Digital Health Agency will outline holistic and integrated approaches to digital health – including opportunities for digital disruption in health and the need for interoperability between healthcare providers.

And, also on the agenda is Christian Guttmann, associate professor, School of Science and Engineering, UNSW and research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, who will share insights into the advancements of artificial intelligence, and how innovations in machine learning and predictive analytics can improve healthcare systems.

Robotic surgery in Australia will be addressed by Dr Daniel Moon, Urologist, Australian Urology Associates and director of Robotic Surgery at Epworth Healthcare.

Under the title "Robotic surgery in Australia: Setting a new gold standard", Dr Moon will share insights into how advances in robotic technology can improve patient outcomes.

Additional conference speakers include:

  •     Professor Trish Williams, professor of Digital Health Systems at Digital Health Research Centre, Flinders University – Leveraging emerging ICT technologies to enable new health services and new models of care delivery.
  •     Renea Collins, Clinical Director for eHealth, Metro South Health Service, Queensland Health – Integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) strategy and implementation.
  •     Dr John Lambert, Chief Clinical Information Officer, eHealth NSW – Leveraging big data in eHealth.
  •     Panel Discussion – clinical experts: Applications for digital health – embedding telehealth in clinical practice
  •     Panel Discussion – Creating innovative digital health care solutions.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).