Aged Care Informatics Chair Andew Georgiou, an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales
The Aged Care Informatics special interest group (SIG) of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has elected a 10-member multi-disciplinary leadership committee to continue its work promoting technology in aged care in 2013-14.
Members of the new leadership committee, which range from academics to IT managers and directors of nursing, were elected unopposed at the SIG’s annual general meeting, which took place at HISA’s Aged Care Informatics Conference in Adelaide last Wednesday.
Current Chair of the Aged Care Informatics SIG Andrew Georgiou said the activities of the multi-disciplinary SIG have and will continue to centre on developing the role of information and communication technology (ICT) for the enhancement of safe and quality aged care.
“Informatics, IT and clinical information systems have a big role to play in aged care” Mr Georgiou said.
“If we look a the problems aged care has particularly around co-ordination, IT can play a critical role in providing coordination and enhancing delivery of care,” said Mr Georgiou, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research.
Members of the SIG share an interest in how IT can be of value in aged care and while the topic doesn’t get a lot of prominence, more research and discussion is needed to determine how technology can address problems in the the sector, he said.
“The SIG is keen to raise those issues and to get a conversation going beyond the informatics people.
“We want to make that link with people who are more IT savvy and also those in care roles.
“And that’s a good thing because it means we’re all coming together with an aim to improve the health of people in care and in the community,” said Mr Georgiou, who has been chair of the committee for the last two years.
Executive roles for the coming year, including chair and secretary, will be decided at the next meeting.
The following members have been elected to the 2013-14 Aged Care Informatics SIG leadership committee:
- Andrew Georgiou, Assoicate Professor, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, part of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at the University of New South Wales.
- Jennifer Dunn, GP / Aged Care Liaison & Provider Engagement Coordinator, St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney eHealth Site
- Ralph La Tella, ICT and Information Services Officer, Health Information Management Association of Australia Ltd
- Damien Malone, Facility Manager/Director of Nursing, Somercare – ‘The First Resort in Aged Care’
- Andrew McLachlan, Director, People & Technology Solutions
- Sean O’Donnell, ICT Manager, Calvary Aged Care & Retirement Services
- Llyr Otto, Clinical Risk Manager, The Whiddon Group Corporate Office
- Larissa Popowski, eHealth Program Officer, South Eastern Medicare Locals
- Jeffrey Soar, Chair in Human-Centred Technology, University of Southern Queensland
- Ping Yu, Director, Health Information Technology Research Laboratory School of Information Systems and Technology – Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong