Melbourne Agenda - Wild Health Summits : Connectivity Wild Health Summits : Connectivity

Melbourne Agenda

8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:10

Welcome Address 

Jeremy Knibbs - Publisher, The Medical Republic & Wild Health

Are we approaching an inflection point in Australian Digital Health? What might we expect in 2020?

9:10 - 9:50

Keynote Opening Address: We ain't in Kansas anymore

Aashima Gupta (live via Webcast from San Francisco) - Director, Google Healthcare Cloud (Global)

  • How and when are the big global digital platforms going to intersect with our healthcare system? How much power will a patient really have in this new world?
  • Audience Q&A with speaker

9:50 - 10:30

Debate 1: What does a digital health tipping point look like for Australia, and when and  how might it arrive?

  • The tech is starting to take but the politics remain stuck.
  • Will consumers empowered by the likes of Apple and Google push us sooner to a tipping point, or something else?


  • Grahame Grieve (Principal, Health Intersections, founder FHIR)
  • Bettina McMahon (Acting CEO, the Australian Digital Health Agency)
  • Emma Hossack (CEO, The Medical Software Industry Association of Australia)
  • Dr Steve Hambleton (TBC) (Avant, and past deputy chair the MBS review committee)
  • Patricia Liebke (Cheif Digital Officer, Healthscope, Northern Beaches Hospital Sydney)



  • Jeremy Knibbs (Publisher, The Medical Republic & Wild Health)


10:30 - 10:45

IGNITE TALK 1: Less hospitals? Why, when and how?

  • In a more efficient healthcare system less hospitals has been a proven outcome?
  • The head of one of Australia's larger hospital networks discusses the pros and cons of building more and more bigger and bigger hospitals


  • Dr Toby Hall– CEO, St Vincents Health Australia


10:45 - 11:05

Morning Tea 

Short break of coffee, tea, and snacks.

11:05 - 11:45

Panel 2: Into the wilderness of chronic care: has patient centric been hijacked for politics?

  • Where is the practical line between patient centric realistically for all stakeholders
  • Are patients being oversold on what we can ever realistically offer?
  • Where is the practical line for ROI and how should we communicate that to the public?
  • How much can technology help us change the paradigm
  • What can we do at the outer edges of the healthcare system with pragmatic approach and simple technology?


  • Matui Bush (Principal, Health Transformation Lab, Founder, One Good Street)
  • Tony Abbenante (Assistant Director, Digital Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria)
  • Rod Sprenger (Director, Digital Hospital Experts)
  • Toby Hall (CEO, St Vincents Health Australia)
  • Dr Karen Price (GP and Moderator, GPs Down Under)


Tim Blake (Semantic Consulting)

11:45 - 12:00

IGNITE TALK 2: Two diverging digital eco systems with no bridge between?

  • The rise of open APIs, FHIR and other open source ecosystems architecture versus legacy server bound systems
  • A look at how both systems operate and why it's so difficult to make them talk to each other
  • FHIR as  bridge


Matthew Galetto (CEO, MediRecords)

11:35 - 12:05


  • Three stages of Health Transformation
  • Where are we in the that journey
  • What might catalyse faster change
  • The blocks are people and commercial not technology
  • Is FHIR a standard in the traditional sense or should we think of it as something more accessible
  • FHIR in action in Australia



  • Grahame Grieve (CEO, Health Intersections, Global thought leader - interoperability)

12:05  - 12:45

Panel 3: Two tribes: culture, funding and a federated health system that should be changed, but how?

  • Tertiary and primary care still don't talk really, why?
  • What are the fundamental barriers of culture and funding that create the divide?
  • How much does funding source matter?
  • What are examples of true collaboration that we can learn from?
  • What practical steps are achievable to close the divide?


  • Dr Harry Nespolon (President RACGP
  • Chris Norton (Strategy Lead, Telstra Health)
  • Paticia Liebke (Cheif Digital Officer, Healthscope, Northern Beaches Hospital Sydney)
  • Tony Abbenante (Assistant Director, Digital Health, Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Department of Health representative (TBC)


Peter Birch (Founder, Talking Health Tech)

12:45 - 13:25

Networking LUNCH

12:20 - 13:40

Private CXO Networking Lunch: 2 hours (Invitees only)

13:30 - 14:20

On stage INTERVIEW: Bettina McMahon, acting CEO of the ADHA 

  • What opportunities in the replatforming of the My Health Record?
  • Where are we on an interoperability roadmap?
  • Measurement and management
  • Herding digital stakeholder cats


  • Jeremy Knibbs (Publisher, The Medical Republic and Wild Health)

14:20 - 15:00

From Left of Field: The incumbent, the digital super power and the new disruptor

  • An exciting panel which investigates different perspectives on where digital healthcare is taking us and what issues we will face
  • Audience has change to interact with panellists



  • Dr Vincent McCauley (CMO, Telstra Health)
  • Dr Amandeep Hansra (GP, Founder of Evermed Consulting)


15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon tea

  • Short break of coffee, tea and snacks


220 - 2.40

Webcast Keynote 2: Steve Posnack (Deputy Director ONC, US)

  • How the US has approached interoperability
  • Progress in shifting vendor and provider legacy attitudes
  • The end of information blocking?
  • Lessons for Australia


Steve Posnack(Deputy Director ONC, US)

220 - 2.40

Webcast 3: the UK perspective 


Simon Eccles (TBC) (CTO NHS UK)

240 - 3.20

In Conversation : What can the US, the UK and Australia learn from each others approach to interoperability?


Bettina McMahon (Acting CEO ADHA)

Steve Posnack (Deputy National Co-ordinator, US, ONC)

Simon Eccles (NHS CTO, UK)


Grahame Grieve (CEO Health Intersections, global interoperability thought leaders)


Afternoon TEA


Ignite TALK 4: Patient data, population health, consent, ethics and practicality

  • The opportunity of patient health data well managed
  • The pitfalls of failing public trust and the practical solutions
  • The role of government in secondary data
  • Use by PHNs and LHDs

Speaker TBC

16:00 - 16:40

Start me up: Neat start ups that we think are going to change healthcare

  • Four new start ups are pitched to audience members
  • Audience members have the chance to interrogate them


  • Danny Hui (Founder, sameview)
  • Peter Birch (MetaOptima)
  • Ben Hurst (Hotdocs)
  • TBC


  • Dr Amandeep Hansra (GP, Founder of Evermed Consulting)

16:50 - 17:00


17:00 - 19:00

  • Canapés and networking