Almost 1800 attendees, 71 sponsors, 21 speakers and a Twitter reach of almost 250,000 people – the second annual eHealth Queensland Expo more than lived up to its billing.
Following the tremendous success of the inaugural Expo last year, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick promised the 2017 event would be even bigger and better.
eHealth Queensland certainly delivered at this year’s Expo, on 17 May at the Royal International Convention Centre.
If you need more proof, you just need to look at the coffee.
This year’s 1800 attendees enjoyed 2340 cups of freshly roasted, barista-served coffee, compared to “only” 796 coffees consumed by the 1200 in attendance in 2016. Surely all the evidence you need that this year’s event really was bigger and better.
And to top it all, this year’s event was again cost neutral.
Feedback from delegates and sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive and they gave our inspiring line-up of nationally and internationally-renowned digital health experts, including our three keynotes Amanda Stevens, Dr Peter Edelstein and Dr Brian Rosenfeld, the thumbs up.
Last year’s keynote Chris Riddell, a futurist and award-winning speaker on digital, returned as master of ceremonies and was another highlight of the day with his energetic delivery and fascinating insight into future technologies.
Other speakers for the Expo included: Michael Walsh, Director-General Department of Health and Tim Kelsey, CEO of Australian Digital Health Agency.
Dr Richard Ashby, eHealth Queensland’s Chief Executive, said the Expo demonstrated the importance of technology and innovation to the future of healthcare.
“The Expo was another huge success and the interest in the event from sponsors and the industry as a whole demonstrates the recognition that the future of healthcare is digital,” Dr Ashby said.
“eHealth can make healthcare more reliable and reduce harm to patients. The digital revolution is an unstoppable force but we need to get the benefits to patients as quickly as possible.
“To help us achieve the best results we need new partnerships, including input from consumers and mutual partner cooperation.
“Diversity of thinking is key to success. The eHealth Queensland Expo, through the sharing of ideas, the high calibre of speakers, the tradeshow demonstrations and the networking opportunities, helps us achieve our vision of advancing healthcare through digital innovation.”