Three Australian leaders in digital health examine how COVID-19 and other drivers have shifted the trajectory for electronic health records, and what this means for consumers and health professionals.
- Dr Terry J. Hannan, Centre for Health Informatics, Macquarie University
- Professor Meredith Makeham, Associate Dean, Community and Primary Health Care, University of Sydney
- Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cerner Corporation
- Hosted by Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Associate Professor of Digital Innovation in Health and Health Pedagogy, UTAS
The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled technology adoption throughout all industries, with a large focus in the media on this rapid adoption in health. The increase in telehealth services has received much attention, yet the digitisation of paper records on COVID-19 wards, the electronic capture, reporting and analysis, of results, and the safe and secure communication of health information between clinicians have all changed how we use technology for health information. This seminar examines how COVID-19 and other drivers have shifted the trajectory for electronic health records and what this means for consumers and health professionals. Three Australian leaders in digital health will each present their unique perspective, followed by audience questions.
About the Panel
Dr Terry Hannan is a Consultant Physician in General Internal Medicine and certified Health Informatics Specialist. His contributions to digital health began in the late 1980s with his leadership in the successful implementation of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Information System in Australia. This work led to an invitation to assist in the development of a digital health project in Kenya in 1998, to manage the AIDS epidemic affecting in the order of 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. This project has evolved into one of the largest Open Source digital health projects for low- and middle-income nations in the world, OpenMRS. Dr Hannan is an inaugural Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).
Professor Meredith Makeham is the Associate Dean for Community and Primary Health Care with the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney. She is responsible for their developing Community and Primary Health Care strategy, which recognises the better use of digital health technology as a key pillar of primary health care reform. Her academic interests include patient safety in primary care and aged care, and she was previously awarded the Health Informatics Society of Australia’s Don Walker Effectiveness Award for her research into medication discrepancies between residential aged care facilities and general practice digital health systems. She is a general practitioner in Sydney and former recipient of the College Medal of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has held numerous advisory roles for government, including with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and was formerly the Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency. She has a strong interest in applications of Australia’s national digital health infrastructure, including My Health Record and other systems that promote better connected care and empowering people with access to their own health information.
Dr Monica Trujillo is Senior Director, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Cerner Australia and Asia Pac. She leads Cerner's highly skilled team of doctors, nurses and clinicians to raise clinical leadership, strategy and engagement across 400-plus Asia Pacific hospitals and community health centre clients. Prior to her role with Cerner Dr Trujillo was the inaugural Chief Clinical Information Officer at the Australian Digital Health Agency responsible for clinical, consumer engagement and clinical governance. Monica was Australia's first Chief Medical Information Officer, delivering St Stephen's Hospital (UnitingCare Health), the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia. Monica obtained her degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1998, holds a Master of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators as well as Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She is a well-known advocate for clinician and consumer leadership and engagement to achieve better health outcomes.