A reminder that the abstract and conference paper submissions are now open and close on Monday 2 May 2022. The theme is Health Information Management: Keeping health information human.
Behind every health statistic – rates of prevalence, incidence, nativity, morbidity, mortality, management (curative, palliative, or preventative) – is a person. The information recorded in our health systems about these people during their time as patients, will be coded, interrogated, analysed, triangulated and reported for myriad purposes, to improve the health outcomes of the individual and the wider society. It is health information management professionals who strive, and are trusted by care providers and patients, to ensure that the information needed for clinical, legal, academic, financial and other reporting purposes, is accurate, complete, reliable, and secure.
Maintaining recognition of patients as people seems so obvious that it needs no explanation. However, the human factor seems increasingly lost in the world of Big Data. In the enthusiasm for accumulation of larger and more complex datasets, the human factor, the people about whom those data were created, is becoming less visible. Health information management professionals continually recognise patients as people, for whom the duty of care incorporates the reliability and protection of their always personal, often sensitive, health information. With the rapid expansion of online access to and delivery of healthcare, the skillset of health information management professionals is even more critical to ensure data quality, patient safety, and protection of health information across the wider health sector: Health Information Management: Keeping health information human.
The 2022 HIMAA National Conference will held at Hilton Adelaide from 26 to 28 October 2022. We invite you to submit a paper for this conference and look forward to seeing you there.
In the meantime, HIMAA webinars have been running on a regular basis, including How to Use Table-Top Privacy Breach Fire Drills to Protect your Practice with Jean Eaton; The Governance of Health Information Management and the Future of Mental Health with Nicole Ah Yick, Janine McDonald and San Le and Australia’s National Health Information System with Vicki Bennett. I hope you managed to catch some of these, and I thank the presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with members and colleagues.
We are always seeking suggestions for presenters and topics so if you have a topic you would like to see presented, or you would like to share your knowledge on a project you have completed recently, please reach out to me.
There are more webinars planned. Some of these are to be confirmed so please keep a look out on our HIMAA page and social media pages (LinkedIn and Facebook) for details.
HIMAA Upcoming Webinars to June 2022
Health Service Leadership – topic to be confirmed
Indigenous Health Data
AIHW – topic to be confirmed
Mariam Lum On
eHealth & Informatics
Sharon Campbell & Melissa Clowes
Quality Improvement in Mental Health
From July 2022 we are planning to roll out a series of webinar education in ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS 12th edition. These are likely to be 2 hours in length and will include educational content and workshopping exercises. A copy of the webinar recording and handout/exercises from the sessions will be made available. We will announce details soon.
There will also be information forthcoming about the new membership software implementation and what this means to you as members.
I remain keen to work with you in leading HIMAA to serve the health information management profession. Please feel free to reach out to me to chat.
Keep safe and dry! Be well.
Chief Executive Officer