What we’re looking forward to at HIC 2018

Health Informatics Conference Australia

The Orion Health team are looking forward to an exciting few days at the 25th anniversary of Australia’s premier digital health, health informatics and e-health conference hosted by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA). We are pleased to have five of our subject matter experts presenting new research and developments our people have been working on at each of our six sessions.

HIC is the key event in the Australian eHealth calendar, bringing together vendors, academics, clinicians and technologists to explore how we can work together to utilise technology to drive better health outcomes. We’re thrilled to be a Bronze Partner, and can’t wait to listen and learn from the variety of speakers and teams. The range of highly skilled subject matter experts from both Orion Health and Precision Driven Health will be sharing their expertise on everything from the use of meaningful technology tools for healthcare professionals, to building accurate machine learning models. Precision Driven Health is a public-private research partnership between Orion Health, the University of Auckland, Waitemata District Health Board, with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Following our partner breakfast on day one – Monday 30 July, Dr Kevin Ross, General Manager of Precision Driven Health and Director Research at Orion Health will be speaking at the industry session ‘The unique patient: Genomics and the arrival of personalised medicine’. As the variety of sources and volume of data that is being collected continues to increase, it’s an exciting time to be in data science. Kevin’s talk will focus on optimising the health of individuals through the use of data, and the possibilities for personalised medicine.

FHIR evangelist Dr David Hay will present on Monday afternoon at the session ‘Data and Analytics: Key drivers for healthcare change’. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) aims to speed application development and interoperability, plus boost information sharing in healthcare, especially on mobile platforms. To help understand FHIR, clinFHIR has been developed as a training and development tool for technical and nontechnical alike. It has become widely used within the HL7 community to develop the FHIR standard and has been instrumental in explaining the internal benefit of FHIR and the value to healthcare users.

On Tuesday, Dr David Hay is also presenting at the session ‘Achieving transformation at the system level: EMRs & implementations’, speaking about how FHIR enables an ecosystem for health information sharing. The modern era has provided easily accessible healthcare information through the collection and manipulation of data, but it has also created complexity. We require clinical data to be expressed in a structured and coded format, and shared in a seamless, secure and near real-time manner, creating an ecosystem where applications and users can freely interact with the pool of data available.

Michael Hosking, Clinical Product Specialist at Orion Health is speaking at the session ‘Clinical Informatics at the leading edge of healthcare’ on Tuesday, presenting his research into clinical information searching. Currently, clinicians spend a significant amount of time and effort searching for clinically meaningful information across electronic patient records. Michael Hosking and William Campbell from Orion Health’s UX team designed a proof-of-concept intuitive information retrieval system that enables clinicians to search for specific clinical concepts from within electronic clinical documents.

Dr Mirza Baig from Precision Driven Health will present at Tuesday’s session ‘First, do no harm: Quality, safety & balancing risk in the digital health era’. Mirza will discuss his research on the identification and prediction of patients who are at risk of hospital readmission. This is a critical step towards the reduction in potential avoidable costs for healthcare organisations around the world, but more importantly, identifying those patients most at risk of being re-admitted means they can have greater support after they have been discharged.

On Wednesday, Quentin Thurier from Precision Driven Health will share his research and findings in a project that looks at improving clinical named-entity recognition with transfer learning, a machine learning technique that involves the reuse of prior knowledge to new tasks. Research conducted by Edmond Zhang and Quentin Thurier investigates how, through the application of transfer learning, existing knowledge can be used to build more accurate Natural Language Processing models and improve recognition performance.

Come and visit us at booth 54 to find out how we can support you on your journey from integrated care through to precision health, or attend one of the following sessions:

Day One Monday 30 July 2018: Today’s Best Practice

HISA Partner Breakfast
Presented by Orion Health

11:10 am-12:40 pm 
Industry session: The unique patient: Genomics and the arrival of personalised medicine
Precision Driven Health research partnership: Optimising the health of individuals through the use of data 
Dr Kevin Ross Orion Health, Precision Driven Health

1:50-3:20 pm 
Industry session: Data and Analytics: Key drivers for healthcare change
clinFHIR: A tool for clinicians and business analysts
Dr David Hay Orion Health

Day Two Tuesday 31 July 2018: Innovation Today

11:10 am-12:50 pm
Industry session: Achieving transformation at the system level: EMRs & implementations
How FHIR enables an ecosystem for health information sharing
Dr David Hay Orion Health

Industry session: Clinical Informatics at the leading edge of healthcare
Clinical document semantic search – A user-centred approach to clinical information seeking 
Michael Hosking Orion Health

2:00-3:30 pm
Academic & Scientific session: First, do no harm: Quality, safety & balancing risk in the digital health era
Evaluation of patients at risk of hospital readmission (PARR) and LACE risk score for New Zealand context
Dr Mirza Baig Orion Health, Precision Driven Health

Day Three Wednesday 1 August 2018: Preparing For Tomorrow

11:10 am – 12:40 pm 
Academic & Scientific session: Measuring patient experiences: Analytics and the learning health system
Improving clinical named-entity recognition with transfer learning 
Quentin Thurier Orion Health, Precision Driven Health

If you would like to book a meeting with any of our subject matter experts, please contact Beth Mackinnon below.