The APHA 36th National Congress debated “Uncertainty, disruption and the quest for data” and delegates were challenged to consider these topics by a range of local and international speakers.
Epic Digital’s Co-Founder, Cathie Reid set the scene by exploring some concrete examples of how small data in hospitals already can provide insights into their organisation, along with clues about how they might improve systems in their hospitals.
The Congress covered a range of topics and scenarios, including debating important topics like the affordability of the health system and how hospitals might approach a number of cyber security breach scenarios.
International guest speaker ICHOM Director and Harvard researcher, Jacob Lippa explored the value of data on quality improvement in health care and this was further explored in the Australian context by Amanda Walker and James Downie.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Councillor, Associate Professor Christopher Pyke also spoke on the great initiative the college is undertaking – the Let’s Operate with Respect campaign.
The importance of including health consumers in planning and treating patients as individuals was a key message from the consumer panel, who were positive about their private hospital experiences.
The Congress came to a close with the very personal story of disruption, uncertainty and change from well-known Australian Catherine McGregor who had recently experienced a great private hospital herself.
Her genuine and very moving presentation brought the Congress to a close.
APHA President Danny Sims said the Congress had provided a broad program as well as the important opportunities to network with colleagues.
“It was great to welcome so many delegates to the APHA Congress. Over the past few days we have discussed a number of issues important to the private hospital sector – from data, cyber security right through to the affordability of the system we work in.
“I think it was particularly good that we hosted consumers, getting direct feedback from the people who use our hospitals and remain our focus. These issues were discussed through a number of panels, hypothetical situations and presentations and there was a significant amount of audience feedback.”
“I’m very pleased with the result. A very informative and interesting Congress,” he said.