Decision Makers need eHealth Education

The  Clinical ICT Systems- Auditor General Report 30 Oct 2013 Victoria  indicates that poor planning and inadequate understanding of the complex requirements of designing and implementing clinical ICT systems meant that the Department of Health has delivered the HealthSMART clinical ICT system to only four Victorian health services and at a cost of $145.3 million. Some clinical ICT systems have issues that potentially affect patient safety and need to be closely monitored and resolved by the department and relevant health services.

eHealth and SNOMED CT workshops

eHe have been working with their international experts to develop and provide short focused workshops on significant areas of change in healthcare.  Check out the details at

HL7 International Terminology Authority

Congratulations to our A/Prof Heather Grain who has been appointed to Chair  and lead the new  HL7 International Terminology Authority  established to move towards an ontological approach to all value sets and potential inclusion of all HL7 codes, descriptions etc into an HL7 extension to SNOMED CT as a means of maintaining content in a more accessible and aulity manner.

Nursing Informatics

The US based Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) inititiave is now going international. It has estabished a not for profit foundation that now manages a web-based interactive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you can make use of numerous resources at a cost of $US25 per annum. Join the List Serve to receive their monthly eNewsletter.  Check it out at Nursing Informatics TIGER initiative  where you can explore their VLE demonstration.

Health Informatics skills announced

Today at the Health Informatics Conference HIC13, the updated  foundation competencies  for all health informaticians were announced jointly by the Australasian College of Health Informatics, the Health Informatics Society of Australia and the Health Information Management Association of Australia.  The first certification program for HI professionals will be conducted in the near future.  eHE Directors, Evelyn Hovenga and Heather Grain have been leaders of this initiative over many years, it is seen as a major mile stone.

EHE will shortly have specifically developed and focused short courses to help you prepare for certification.  These courses will include online material, web based discussion sessions and mentored support.

IMIA statement on eHealth standardisation and interoperability

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) have published a statement on standards and itneroperability which is available at:

eHE offers quality training to support these eHealth initiatives and requirements.  Let us know if your organisation has specific needs and if we don’t have a course to meet that need we’ll work with our national and international networks or universities, educational organisations and individual eHealth leaders to develop priority quality educational offerings.

New Release of ICNP®

The International Council of Nurses released its latest version of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) in May 2013.  The ICNP® provides a formal terminology for nursing practice and a framework into which existing vocabularies and classifications can be cross-mapped to enable comparison of nursing data. The ICNP® is also mapped to SNOMED-CT to ensure all nursing data can be included in electronic health records.