The Australian e-Health Research Centre was once again a proud host of the 11th Annual e-Health Research Colloquium held at the RBWH Education Centre in Brisbane on 31st March 2014. Over 250 people attended the colloquium during the day.

Our international keynote speaker this year was NT Cheung, Chief Health Information Officer of Hong Kong. NT provided an overview of the Electronic Health Record used across the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and how they improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare in Hong Kong. NT provided insight into achieving these outcomes with the key lessons that can be used as health providers and jurisdictions across Australia adopt Electronic Health Record systems.

The Hon Cameron Dick, Health Minister for Queensland, opened the colloquium with a talk on the role that Health Information technology will plan in building a safe efficient health care system in Queensland. There were a number of talks from our collaborators from Queensland Health, including Chief health Information Officer Mal Thatcher giving a vision for consumer driven healthcare; Darren Walters telling us about the role that mobile health can play in providing better chronic disease services; and Clair Sullivan and Andrew Staib giving a view into the use of Big Data analytics to inform health service performance indicators.

On the national stage we heard from Clara Gaff from the Melbourne Genomic Health Alliance about new approaches to the use of genomics in clinical care and CSIRO’s Andrew Bean on responses to emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and Hendra.

The final session gave an opportunity for AEHRC scientists and collaborators to highlight science and projects over the past 12 months. Yogi Kanagasingam and Marlien Varnfield described national tele-health projects using the NBN, Stephen Rose an overview of advances in medical imaging and Kevin Chu, from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Emergency Department about new tools in reconciliation of medical reports to improve clinical decision-making. The final talk was our 6th in the “final talk series” on SNOMED CT, with Michael Lawley telling us about the use of SNOMED CT in the new HL7 messaging standard, FHIR.