Deb Boyd

Health Informatics, what is it and why should nurses be interested?

Key areas included in the Health Informatics field include:

  • Electronic Health Records
  • Knowledge Management
  • Decision support
  • Telemedicine and telehealth
  • Standards
  • Evidence for benefit/harm
  • Ethics and Security

“Health Informatics underpins a nations ability to deliver an affordable, flexible health system that will provide better health outcomes to citizens” (HiNZ Website).

Health Informatics is one of the fastest growing areas in health and many more health practitioners who understand health informatics are needed now and this demand will only increase.

HiNZ is New Zealand’s meeting place for digital health. As we embrace digital disruption in health, nurses need to learn about and understand how health informatics will enable their work and demonstrate better patient outcomes.

Deb Boyd is the CEO of Auckland Eye Ltd, a registered nurse and e Health consultant.
She is passionate about health informatics and e Health and is one of the few Certified Health Informatician’s Australasia (CHIA’s) in New Zealand. Deb was the General Manager at Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital: St Stephens Hospital, which opened in Hervey Bay, Queensland in October 2014 and achieved HIMSS Level 6 in November 2014.This exciting  project delivered a brand new hospital with a fully functioning EMR and closed loop medication management system.
Deb has worked in both public and private sectors and has a good understanding of the challenges within each sector. Her career experience includes e Health, digital integration, clinical informatics, transformational leadership, clinical care, operational management, systems improvement, culture development and change management.
Deb is also a member of the Institute of Directors and is an appointed member of the HiNZ Board.