23 - 24 July, 2019 | Melbourne, Victoria

Disrupt Healthcare- Onfloor Program Day Two: Tuesday, 21st August 2018

10:20 am - 10:30 am Welcome Address from the Chair

10:30 am - 11:00 am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Embracing the Transformative Power of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare to Augment you in your Role

Prof Enrico Coiera - Director - Centre for Health Informatics, Macquarie University
Fears about Artificial Intelligence (AI) eradicating humanity go hand-in-hand with exaggerated statements about AI coming for the jobs of medical professionals. The fears around AI are understandable as so few of us actually understand how the technology works down to the detail. And what we don’t understand, we tend to reject. But it is important to understand that the innovation is not here to replace us; yet those who use AI will replace those who don’t. This session will cover:

  • Why you need to be open-minded and familiarise with the concept of using AI in everyday life
  • Appreciate how AI can and will be used in healthcare from spreadsheets to intuitive robotics, and what does the near-future hold?
  • Data is the lifeblood of AI – understand how big data is empowering AI and machine learning, deriving insights to help clinicians optimise operations, drive innovation, and deliver value
  • AI can be useful in population health experiments based on aggregated sensor data

Prof Enrico Coiera

Director - Centre for Health Informatics
Macquarie University

11:00 am - 11:30 am Leveraging Cost-Effective Disruptive Technologies to Enhance and Enable the Aged Care

Andres Rehbein - CIO, PresCare

Andres Rehbein


11:30 am - 12:00 pm CASE STUDY: Disruption to Deployment: Implementing Disruptive Technology in Healthcare

Dr James Dromey - Chief Operating Officer, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Global demand for accessible, evidence-based and cost-effective healthcare is rising. Advances in technology together with its increasing use and declining costs have opened up valuable opportunities for disruption in how we treat and deliver care to patients. However, in a complex industry where patient care is paramount, it is challenging to convince key decision makers of the benefits of these promising technologies. In this session, James will discuss:

  • Evidence based approach being used to develop and implement digital health products at the Melbourne Children’s Campus
  • What key stakeholders and decision makers are looking for and steps required to take to take clinically validated technologies from concept to clinic

Dr James Dromey

Chief Operating Officer
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY: Building a Client-Centred Hearing Aid and Hearing Health Business

Dr Elaine Saunders - Managing Director and Audiologist, Blamey Saunders
Blamey Saunders recognises the need to be wholly client-centred and deliver better more affordable care. In light of this, they developed a new care model used business-wide for all types of clients. It looks at all aspects of evaluation including clients’ attitudes and medical complexities that flow through the care plan. In this session, Elaine will discuss how their care model is:

  • Addressing the need for completely clientcentred, flexible service and high quality care at an affordable price
  • Translatable to other areas of health, particularly in light of the IoT, smart technology and telehealth
  • Enables Blamey Saunders provides a matrix of client types based entirely on attitudes and medical complexity that helps them “slide the client into the right channel” and decide how to interact with their client, be it a softer approach or purely digital

Dr Elaine Saunders

Managing Director and Audiologist
Blamey Saunders

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Create a Culture for Commercial Innovation in Public Hospitals

Dr Patricio Sepulveda - Director Business Development & Innovation Catalyst, Melbourne Health
Contemporary challenges require the convergence public (hospitals) and private organisations to drive an innovation economy. But the final step of research translation into commercial outcomes is unusual in the setting of a large general Australian health services with its myriad competing demands, partially due to a cultural problem.

In this session Patricio will showcase how a unique innovation culture initiative within the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Melbourne Health Accelerator (MHx), is turning the dial of the hospital’s innovation culture.

Dr Patricio Sepulveda

Director Business Development & Innovation Catalyst
Melbourne Health

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm CASE STUDY: Mainstreaming Clinical Genomics – Where Will We Be in 3-5 Years Time?

A/Prof Paul James - Clinical Geneticist Director, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Australia is 3-5 years off from mainstreaming clinical genomics and applying it into nongenetic disciplines. In particular is the potential for preventative healthcare and tailored patient management as new technology enables rapid genome sequencing and the interpretation of genomic data. This presentation will discuss the transformative shift in genomics and discuss what we can anticipate in the not so distant future:

  • Recognising the subtle difference between realtime and point-of-care genomics
  • Opportunities to apply genomics in non-genetics disciplines such as cardiology and direct to consumer
  • How do we apply technology in a safe and sensible way and educating the community and industry to help them adapt to this shift

A/Prof Paul James

Clinical Geneticist Director
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Expo Passport Prize Draw