Professor Evelyn Hovenga
Professor Evelyn Hovenga
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research and teaching interests include electronic health records, work study in the health services, performance measurement, health service management, nursing resource usage, casemix plus health and nursing outcomes in conjunction with health and nursing informatics, terminology, decision support.
Evelyn's PhD research was in casemix, and hospital nursing resource usage and costs.
The resultant patient classification/nursing workload measurement system was adopted by more than 100 Australian hospitals between 1984 and 2004.
Evelyn is a foundation member of the Standards Australia IT/14 health informatics committee and serves on two technical sub-committees and represents this committee as a member of the National Health Data Standards Committee.
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
contributes to many standards development projects overseen by Standards Australia International (SAI) 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.
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 is a founding member of the open EHR Clinical Review Board responsible for Archetype Governance and a development process framework promoting Archetype standardisation.
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.
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.
chairs the Medinfo 2007 Organising Committee
managing the 12th World Congress on medical informatics hosted by HISA under the auspices of IMIA
, to be held in Brisbane , August 2007.
Evelyn is Founding Editor-in-Chief of eJHI - the electronic Journal of Health Informatics (http://www.ejhi.net).
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 Fellow and Past President of the Australian College of Health Informatics, Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and Chair of its Health Informatics Committee, past Vice-President (Working and Special Interest Groups) of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
She 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, and member of numerous scientific program committees.