Speaker Profiles_Christopher Pearce

Drowing in Data? - How you can use it to improve your health service

The amount of data in healthcare is increasing at an astonishing rate; it is understandable some healthcare practitioners and staff become overwhelmed when considering how to manage data to improve the quality of care of their patients. What data is needed to improve patient outcomes? How can health facilities work smarter and more efficiently with data? What is the most cost-effective way to data cleanse? In this session Associate Professor Christopher Pearce and Brendon Wickham and will answer these questions and more, providing an overview of what is currently occurring in the healthcare informatics space along with practical advice as to how you can use data to get the best outcome for your patients.


Assoc Prof Christopher Pearce - Bio


Associate Professor Chris Pearce has been active in health informatics for many years. A practicing clinician, he still works in general practice, anaesthetics and emergency medicine in suburban Melbourne. His interest in Health Informatics developed when working as a rural GP, and observed the difficulties in GPs integrating computers into their workflow in the 1990’s.

A/Prof Pearce has extensively researched computers in healthcare, with a focus on the interactions and useability. He was awarded a PhD in 2007 with what was then the largest video-based study of computer use in primary care consultations. He is an invited speaker both here and overseas, and the author of over 100 academic articles. He was the clinical design lead for the MyHR, Australia’s national shared health record.  As director of the POLAR Data Space, his role with Outcome Health is to work on data quality and use of Australia’s largest repository of general practice data.

He is a current president of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, chairs the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s digital health committee and is on ACRRM’S Quality and Safety Committee, as well as the Victorian Clinical Council.


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