Digital Hospital Design Forum 2015

Digitally transforming existing hospitals

Digital Hospital Design

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Digital Hospital Design (DHD), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in DHD 2015, Australia’s Digital Hospital Design Forum, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday 3 August 2015. Australia has made an unprecedented investment in the delivery of new digital hospitals. However, these modern facilities still only represent a small fraction of our acute healthcare capacity.

As the building of new digital hospitals slows the critical question is, how do we take the knowledge and technology from new facilities and embed it in the huge array of existing hospitals. This is a critical issue in health planning and momentous challenge to both technology and the organisations that deploy it. This forum is focused on the issues around this urgent need to transform our brownfield facilities. It will look at the interplay between the diverse professional groups, the care processes, technology and infrastructure and how to drive innovation in an already constrained environment.

It will tackle these issues from the clinical, built environment, and commercial perspectives. The forum will be in two parts, with a series of keynote presentations and a panel session to set the agenda, followed by a structured workshop session to engage all the delegates in understanding how to apply the concepts discussed earlier in the day.


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Dr Richard Ashby AMDr Richard Ashby AM
Health Service Chief Executive
Metro South Health

BIODr Ashby is the Health Service Chief Executive of Metro South Health and is one of the state’s most experienced clinicians and health administrators. In 2010, Dr Ashby was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to emergency medicine, to medical administration, and to a range of professional associations. He is active across a broad range of medical areas, including teaching, research and consultancy. Dr Ashby was most recently the Executive Director and Director of Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). He was appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1989, a post he held until his appointment as Executive Director Medical Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in 2000. In the period 2000-2006, he also acted as District Manager at both the RBWH and PAH for lengthy periods. Dr Ashby commenced as Chief Executive of Metro South in July 2012. Dr Ashby contributes to a significant number of organisations/committees. His roles include: • Director, Translational Research Institute • Board Member, Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners • Board Member, Australian e-Health Research Centre • Board Member Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre • Member, Health Support Queensland Advisory Board • Chair, Queensland Policy and Advisory Committee on Health Technology • Project Lead, Queensland Digital Hospital Program

Colin McCririckColin McCririck
Chief Technology Officer
Queensland Health

BIOColin was appointed Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health in January 2015. Prior to this Colin’s career covers over thirty years of technology experience in a variety of different industries including banking, insurance, utilities and government departments. This includes executive leadership of large transformational projects and operational roles with distributed teams across Australia, India, China and the Philippines. Colin has a bachelor of Mathematics, an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Innovation is a messy in existing facilities because of legacy ecosystems. Pragmatic delivery is key to success!

Malcolm ThatcherMal Thatcher
Chief Health Information Officer
Queensland Health

BIOMal Thatcher joined Queensland Health in September 2014 as their Chief Health Information Officer. The Office of the Chief Health Information Officer is responsible for providing Queensland Health with strategic ICT leadership in the delivery of public healthcare in Queensland. Mal brings over 30 years IT experience to the role including the last 11+ years as a healthcare CIO. Mal holds an honours degree from The University of Queensland and a Master’s Degree from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Mal is currently undertaking a PhD in IT governance and in 2010 completed a Certificate Program in Leadership Strategies for IT in Healthcare from Harvard University. Mal is also currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at QUT.

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Output: The ongoing plan of the Digital Hospital Design Group

From this forum, we will create a discussion paper that will identify the major barriers to technology innovation in the brownfield hospital environment. This paper will be circulated to the conference delegates for comment and further development. The paper will then be used as a central focus of a roundtable discussion to identify what the top barriers to change are and then to developed suggested strategies for their resolution. The objective of the Digital Hospital Design Group is to have one roundtable and one strategy paper completed before the next national meeting in 2016.

Target Audience

DHD 2015 will be of interest to:

  • Clinicians (doctors, nurses, allied health)
  • Health IT
  • Health Informaticians
  • Systems Designers
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Health managers
  • Engineers in the health domain
  • Architects

Strategic Advisory Committee

Dr Brendan Lovelock
Chair Digital Hospital Design
Health Practice Lead
Cisco Systems
Jane Cockburn
Kairos Now
Michael Draheim
Chief Information Officer
Metro South HHS
Karen Gibson
Program Director
BT Global Services
Irina Lindquist
Solution Architect Healthcare
Schneider Electric
Dr George Margelis
Health & Life Sciences Lead
Intel Australia
Dr Louise Schaper
Chief Executive Officer
Dr John Zelcer
Senior Healthcare Advisor