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Year in Review:
Making headlines

22 December 2022

The news items below are included in our eHealth NSW 2022 Year in Review newsletter.

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Showcasing innovation: the 2022 Digital Health Summit

eHealth NSW successfully brought together the best that NSW Health has to offer in the fields of technology, digital innovation and improved patient care as part of the 2022 Digital Health Summit, delivered in partnership with the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.

Organised by eHealth NSW, working together with representatives from LHDs, SHNs and other NSW Health organisations, the Summit provided an opportunity to showcase digital programs and initiatives, through a series of presentations, and an exhibition.

More than 1000 clinicians, technologists and digital health enthusiasts attended the two-day event in Sydney, offering an opportunity to network with peers and reflect on the advances in digital health over the last few years.

Exhibitions provide insight into future health

The exhibition space included Western Sydney LHD, showcasing Virtual Reality Applications for Clinical Education, NSW Pathology displaying its Point of Care Testing, eHealth NSW’s new MedSync application, NSW Health’s new Health Prototyping Centre and Zara’s Journey from the Ministry of Health’s Patient Experience team.

Sydney LHD ran demonstrations with eHealth NSW on the Engage Outpatients initiative, while Far West LHD ran a live cross to the ICU, demonstrating the Virtual ICU in action.

Embracing technology to improve patient care

The Summit provided an opportunity to focus on the research and innovation priorities within NSW Health’s Future Health Strategic Framework, and the digital advancement of our services. Under the guidance of an advisory committee, a total of 21 NSW Health organisations were involved in the event.

The event saw NSW Health host 25 dedicated exhibition spaces from across the state, focused on four key themes:

  • Utilising technology to facilitate care across settings
  • Building a digitally enabled future workforce
  • Supporting better patient and staff outcomes and experiences by using technology
  • Harnessing innovation, research and technology to inform service delivery.

A dedicated NSW Health program track room featured 18 presentations as well as two interactive panel discussions with 10 experts from across the sector. Among the highlights for the 477 delegates who attended our sessions were presentations from:

  • Clinton Gibbs from Mid North Coast LHD presenting on A Partnership Approach to Reduce Virtual Care Barriers for People in a Remote Aboriginal Community
  • Cristen Fleming from Western NSW LHD speaking to Virtual Clinical Pharmacist Services: An easy pill to swallow for medication safety in the bush
  • Natasha Beach from eHealth NSW and Dr Elisabeth Murphy from Northern Sydney LHD discussing the Brighter Beginning programs Digital Baby Book
  • Farhoud Salimi from eHealth NSW talking about the NSW Health Cloud Modernisation Journey.

Keynotes highlight the future of digital health

The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, NSW Minister for Health, opened the event with his reflections on the importance of digital health across NSW Health and then took time to chat to our teams on the exhibition floor.

Secretary of NSW Health, Susan Pearce gave an excellent keynote on day two, centred on the importance of human experience and compassionate care in everything we do in our amazing health system.

“The Digital Health Summit provided a fantastic opportunity for me and my program (MedSync) to promote the things that we are doing in the health system,” said Jason Matthews, Program Director, eHealth NSW.

“There are a number of different benefits including raising the awareness of what we’re doing, the opportunity to promote the programs and the tools that we are deploying, but also getting that real time feedback when we demonstrate the solutions in a casual environment, away from the workplace.”

Congratulations to everyone involved in delivering such a successful system-wide event.

View the event wrap-up video here.

Achievements showcased in awards success

eHealth NSW is proud to have won or been named as a finalist in several awards throughout 2022.

The NSW Telestroke Service received two awards at the 24th Annual NSW Health Awards 2022 including the Patient Safety First category and the Secretary’s Award for Integrated Value Based Care.

Both the COVID-19 vaccination administration management systems and Unrostered Overtime and Callback Claims (UROC) System were shortlisted in the 2021 NSW Health Awards, which were announced in May 2022.

CoVax, VAM and VaxHub received a Certificate of Merit in the Government and Public Sector solution of the year category at the iAwards 2022, delivered by the Australian Information Industry Association.

Patient Reported Measures and the Health Outcomes and Patient Experience (HOPE) platform was selected as a finalist for the 2022 NSW Premier’s Awards - Excellence in Digital Innovation category.

HOPE was also a finalist at the 2022 iTnews Benchmark Awards in the Best Health Project category.

Farhoud Salimi was named number six in the highly competitive CIO50 Australia list, which recognises the nation’s most innovative CIOs.

eHealth NSW also recently recognised its staff at the annual eHealth NSW Awards 2022:

Chief Executive Award for Leadership: Chris Moore - Associate Director, Portfolio Support Services, Service Delivery

Diversity and Inclusion Award: Stephanie Pestana - Program Coordinator, Organisational Development, People & Culture

Workplace Culture Award: David Cernjul - Director, Single Digital Patient Record, Program Delivery

Innovation Award: NSW Health App Team - Cross Directorate Collaboration

Chief Executive Award for Workplace Kindness: Lisa Prescott - Head of Culture and Organisational Development, People & Culture

Emerging Leader Award: Teena Thareja - M365 and Power Platform Solutions Delivery Lead, Service Delivery

Customer Centricity Award: SafeScript NSW - Program Delivery

Operational Excellence Award: Cloud Transformation Services (eCIRP) - Service Delivery

Read more about our talented winners and finalists.

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