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2018 Emerging Tech in Health - Speakers
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Speakers are listed in order of appearance on programme


2027 - the experience that isn't so far off

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John Macaskill-Smith, CEO, Pinnacle Ventures



HiNZ and NZHIT appreciates the support of Indici in bringing John Macaskill-Smith to Christchurch to be a keynote speaker at the Emerging Tech in Health Symposium 2018


It’s healthcare Jim, but not as we know it

The why and how of digital transformation in health


Dr Saxon Connor, HPB Surgeon & e-Clinical Health Lead, Canterbury DHB


              Human Touch vs Plastic Polymer

Allied health clinicians maximise the benefits of a personal approach to engage patients in regarding quality of life - as we look to the future, will there be a choice?


Rebecca George, Clinical Lead for Informatics, Allied Health, Christchurch Campus, Canterbury DHB

Becky is an Occupational Therapist working as Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch. She has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Sciences. She trained overseas and has had valuable experience of different health care systems and constructs. This gives her a rich foundation of knowledge and insight into the patient journey and clinical services. She has held both clinical and leadership roles in a variety of different service areas, giving her a passion for raising the profile of Allied Health professions and developing visibility to their participation within the Patient’s journey. Becky co founded the National Allied Health Data Collaborative, and co authored the current Allied Health National Minimum Data Set Proposal created within this forum. She is a member of the Clinical and Technical Advisory Group for HiNZ and a member of the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO). She is a contributor to local eHealth innovations and regularly represents Allied Health across the acute sector participating in eHealth developments. Becky oversees the data collection of Allied Health staff on the acute site and liaises regularly with the Health Round Table, participating in the key data issues that affect Allied Health staff across NZ. The development of accurate and robust data and information systems, that reflect the value of our services and the clinicians input to the patients and their outcomes, is a key driver for Becky.

              The patient in the centre of the digital world

The primary health perspective and rise of the empowered healthcare consumer - what is the current trend and what will the future look like?


Dr John Ko, General Practitioner, Director Wigram Health, Managing Director Epione Healthtech


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Sam Johnson, Head of Community Innovation, Mycare


Social license for health data science – an accelerator or brake?

When half of the population have had a social media profile their entire adult life, what will people expect and accept from health data science?


Kevin Ross, General Manager, Precision Driven Health


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David Gardiner, Intermountain Healthcare – Assistant Vice President of Care Transformation Services

David Gardiner has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for over twenty-four years.  Over this time, he has held positions of Strategic Planner, Project Manager – Quality Management, Manager – Clinical Programs, Director – Financial Operations, Director – Clinical Operations, Chief Operating Officer- Central Laboratory and Chief Operating Officer – LDS Hospital.  In 2014, David was asked by Intermountain senior leadership to operationally lead the iCentra Project and oversee development and implementation efforts across the organization.  He is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Care Transformation and is working to innovate the future of healthcare at Intermountain Healthcare.  David holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology and chemistry, a Masters of Public Health, a Masters of Healthcare Administration, and a Masters of Business Administration.


HiNZ and NZHIT appreciates the support of Cerner Corporation in bringing David Gardiner to Christchurch to be the international keynote speaker at the Emerging Tech in Health Symposium 2018


How genomics could personalise treatment

How are we collecting, managing and leveraging New Zealand's genomic diversity to build a pro-active and preventative health system?


Jon Herries, Group Manager, Emerging Health Technology, NZ Ministry of Health

Jon has recently returned to NZ from four years in Ireland where he was working in Healthcare and Technology consulting for EY. Previously Jon established the Integrated Care Collaborative for CCDHB and was involved in project management, technology development and analytics. He originally trained and practiced as a Physiotherapist.

mHealth Transforming Healthcare

Mobility has the potential to transform the way we provide healthcare to ‘anytime, anywhere care’ – but are we falling behind the rest of the World?


Robyn Whittaker, Associate Professor & Clinical Director Innovation, Waitemata DHB & the National Institute for Health Innovation (University of Auckland) 

Dr Robyn Whittaker is a Public Health Physician currently leading the innovation stream within a newly established Institute for Innovation and Improvement at Waitemata District Health Board. She leads the Leapfrog Programme of enterprise wide strategic projects, partnerships with industry and academic institutions (such as the Precision Driven Health research partnership), and a Centre for Health IT & Creative Design that works with DHB staff to develop and trial new things. Robyn is also an Associate Professor at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, where she co-leads the Health Informatics and Technology research team. Her research interests are in mHealth (mobile health) – particularly designing and trialling interventions to be delivered to people via their mobile phones. These include health behaviour change interventions, such as TextMATCH  health information for pregnant women and families with young children to encourage healthy diet and physical activity, and self-management programmes for long term conditions, such as SMS4BG self-management support for people with poorly controlled diabetes. Robyn contributes to several national and international groups including the World Health Organisation/ International Telecommunications Union’s Informal Expert Groups for the ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ global initiative, the NZ Telehealth Forum Leadership Group, the board of the NZ Health Innovation Hub, the management team of the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence, the editorial board for JMIR mHealth & uHealth, and is a consultant on several international research projects. She was a NZ Harkness Fellow in 2010/11 during which time she was an invited expert on the Secretary of Health & Human Services’ Text4Health Advisory Committee.

              Wrenching healthcare out of the dark ages

How smart diagnostics, analytics and mobile devices can revolutionise woundcare practices


Dr Bruce Davey, CEO, ARANZ Medical Ltd 


              Leading edge event detection technology to prevent harm in primary care

Saving lives using machine learning and world leading communication technologies in NZ’s primary care sector – is this a world first?


Helmut Modlik, CEO, Patients First


Honey I Shrunk the Doctor

Is nanomedicine the next big thing to compliment virtual health in the future?


Kyle Forde, CIO, WellSouth

I believe in consumer driven innovation and have a dream to ensure every New Zealander has better access to health through the use of technology and evidence based research leveraging accurate data. My governance experience extends into the social sector where I am a board member serving Anglican Family Care where I provide governance advice relating to technology and cross sector interoperability. I studied at Otago Polytechnic and am currently studying for my Master in Professional Practice. I currently lead a team of data analysts who are dedicated to revolutionising access to real-time data for clinicians, carers and more importantly the consumer across primary, secondary and community groups. I bring over 20 years of commercial and IT experience to the health and social sector and this experience provides the sector with a unique view when formulating strategies across all sector engagements. I am also a member of the NZ Telehealth Forum, Telemonitoring Working Group of New Zealand and the NZ Health IT Forum. My experience across the social and health sector provides a balanced view when providing cross sector advice. I am passionate about the future of our health system and believe in challenging the status quo in facilitating change that will bring real health outcomes for all New Zealanders especially our most vulnerable.

              The robot doesn't understand my pain

The challenges of chronic pain for virtual therapists


Dr Chris Rumball, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Clinical Lead for Cortex, Canterbury DHB


              The Future Healthcare Team = Patients + Clinicians + Machines

With clinicians and machines, consumers can work together to improve effectiveness, accessibility and affordability of healthcare.


Dr Will Reedy, Digital Health Lead, Spark


          If only IT were free

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Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (via video & live Q&A)

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation. In late November 2017 Richard joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing the ‘Leeds Way’ culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopts a digital fabric to how it delivers health care. Prior to this Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In the three years Richard was in Ireland he implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare. In his early career Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England. In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO form the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland and was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

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