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May 24, 2013
EJSH ConsultingEvelyn J.S Hovenga RN PhD FRCNA FCHSE FACHI FACS is a distinguished Australian health informaticist. She has made major contributions to the discipline for over 30 years. Her primary aim is to promote a national knowledge-oriented computing framework, in which complex meaning can be validly represented and shared via adaptable health computing systems and patient-centric electronic health records to support seamless and high quality patient care and a sustainable health system.
In her official retirement Evelyn, Heather Grain and Joan Edgecumbe have established a new company eHealth Education Pty Ltd, a registered training organisation (no.32279), for which Evelyn works as the Director, Company secretary, Professor, CEO and Trainer. Evelyn regularly delivers the ‘train the trainer’ course (TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) in Rockhampton and elsewhere under the company’s trading name eHe and RSC Training.
Academic CareerUntil recently Evelyn was the Professor and Program Director for the Health Informatics Research Group and Head, School of Management and Information Systems at the Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University, she retired from those positions in November 2007.
Evelyn is the Director of EJSH Consulting. She has been appointed as a consultant to the openEHR Foundation, is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education, University College London and an Honorary Academic Fellow at Austin Health, Melbourne.
Evelyn is a founding member of the openEHR Clinical Review Board responsible for Archetype Governance and a development process framework promoting Archetype standardisation and founding Editor-in-Chief of eJHI - the electronic Journal of Health Informatics. She has served as an Editorial team member for the International Journal of Medical Informatics for several years, and reviews papers for a number of other journals.
Evelyn is a foundation member of the Standards Australia IT/14 health informatics committee and serves on two technical sub committees on health concept representation and electronic health records. She initiated and collaboratively directed an international effort to develop a new ISO standard for the integration of a reference terminology model for nursing. Compliance with this standard ensures that a clinical information system is able to accommodate nursing concepts. This work was supported by the IMIA Nursing Informatics group and the International Council of Nurses.
Evelyn contributes to many standards development projects overseen by Standards Australia IT/14, IT/14/9 and IT/14/2 committees. Many of these projects contribute to standards work items undertaken by health informatics committees from the European standards organization (CEN TC251), the International Organisation of Standards (ISO/TC215) and HL7. Evelyn was elected to represent IT/14 as a member of the national Health Data Standards Committee (HDSC) whose work focuses primarily on the maintenance, revision and development of the National Health Data Dictionary now also used as the repository of data standards to support electronic health records development in Australia. The HDSC also has responsibility for overseeing the work of the Classifications and Terminology Working Group.
Evelyn participated in the Australian Health Information Council’s workforce capacity building sub-group and contributed to the development of the National Statement outlining a vision for the health informatics capacity of the workforce and detailing priorities of action in the areas of leadership, education and research. Similarly Evelyn was a key contributor to the development of a white paper, a Roadmap for Nursing Informatics in Australia commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Evelyn chaired the Medinfo 2007 Organising Committee managing the 12th World Congress on medical Informatics hosted by HISA under the auspices of IMIA held in Brisbane, 2007.
Evelyn was appointed as an expert advisor to the European Commission funded NIGHTINGALE project from 1998-2002, has been an invited speaker to many international conferences and meetings, reviewer of many conference papers, member of numerous scientific program committees and examiner of many doctoral thesis. She has published widely.
Evelyn has a PhD in health administration from the University of New South Wales. Her research was in casemix, hospital nursing resource usage and costs. The resultant patient classification/nursing workload measurement system (PAIS) was adopted by more than 100 Australian hospitals between 1984 and 2004.
Evelyn's career began in earnest in the late 1970s with nursing, then progressed into public sector health administration, health service management and workstudy during the 1980s, followed by applied research, policy analysis, health and nursing informatics, consulting as a company director and finally in 1993 she entered academe at Central Queensland University, first as a senior lecturer and since 2003 as a Professor delivering and promoting Health Informatics education and research. Evelyn's area of consulting expertise, now spanning nearly 20 years, is in the conduct of hospital productivity reviews consisting primarily of the study of nursing work using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Evelyn developed the Patient Assessment and Information System (PAIS) nursing workload monitoring system during the early 1980s and a Universal Career Evaluation System (UNCES) during the early 1990s.
Evelyn’s interest in informatics began in the late 1970s when she undertook a course in computer science. She has actively provided leadership and contributed to various professional organizations since the early 1980s, including the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Evelyn’s personal vision of improving health through the best possible use of information and communication technologies has shaped Evelyn’s subsequent career path. Her networking skills and strong commitment to this vision resulted in her being a foundation board member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia, initiator of the annual National Health Informatics Conferences (HIC) and a foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics where she served as its President. Evelyn initiated the publishing of the first Australian text on Health Informatics by Churchill Livingstone, Melbourne in 1996.
Membership in Professional Associations/Societies● Fellow and Past President, Australasian College of Health Informatics
● Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Executives
● Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Australia
● Fellow, Australian Computer Society
● Chair, Australian Computer Society, Health Informatics Committee
● Member, Health Informatics Society of Australia
● Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
● Past Vice-President (Working and Special Interest Groups), International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
Projects● Editor, 2nd Edition of Health Informatics: an overview to be published by Mediterraneo, a publishing company based in Santiago, Chile
www.mediterraneo.cl for the Spanish speaking market with links to Elsevier US who is expected to publish the English version.
● Advisor to the Chilean Ministry of Health regarding their eHealth implementation strategy supporting their Health reform and Digital Agendas
● Continuing Health Informatics education
● Promotion of semantic interoperability to achieve a sustainable national health system and the adoption of the openEHR approach...
● Developing a Health Informatics Training Package
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