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'Enabling Sector-Wide eHealth Transformation' - Assembling the Building Blocks 2

When:  8.45am - 2.45pm, Wednesday 16th February 2011

Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albert Street, Auckland (map)


HINZ kicks off its 2011 Seminar Series on Wednesday, 16 February, by looking at innovation as the means for achieving the desired improvements in our health care system, with the theme...

Innovation – luxury or lifesaver?

Is there any way that we could reduce spending in the New Zealand health sector by at least 30 percent while improving the medical care of the most severely ill patients? Dr Jack Wennberg, our keynote speaker, believes this can be achieved in the US – could his ideas work here in New Zealand?



Dr Wennberg  is the world’s pioneer and leading researcher of unwarranted variation in the healthcare industry. His research into the geographic variation in US healthcare has transformed how people view the development of the healthcare workforce, and distribution and use of healthcare services. He has led the development the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which is probably the most influential innovation in US healthcare policy for a generation. Dr Wennberg will be meeting with senior clinical representatives and policy makers during his visit here.  Get in at the ground floor and hear why his ideas are creating such a buzz around the world.

The seminar also provides the first public platform for Prof Jonathon Gray, the Director of Ko Awatea centre at Counties Manukau DHB and the University of Auckland’s first Chair in Health Systems Innovation and Improvement. While in Wales Prof Gray was the Director of Healthcare Improvement at Public Health Wales and co-director of the 1,000 Lives Plus programme, which transformed the culture of healthcare while improving the lives of patients and the workforce.

Dr Rob Doughty, from Auckland DHB, will be reporting on the National Shared Care Planning Programme, which is at the core of New Zealand’s National Health IT Plan. And Dr Janine Bycroft will update us on a number of innovations in the primary sector including The Collaborative Project.


Complete your online registration and join us in conversation with these global innovators.



8.15 am Registration
8.45 am

Introduction and Overview “Innovation as a necessity”

Presented by: Dr Karen Day

9.00 am

The Dartmouth Atlas

Presented by: Dr John E Wennberg

10.00 am

New Zealand: Health Innovation Global Leader?

Presented by: Professor Jonathan Gray

10.35 am

2011 – the National Health IT Board Perspective

Presented by: Graeme Osborne

11.00 am Morning break
11.30 am

Shared Care Plan trials – progress to date

Presented by: Dr Rob Doughty

12.10 pm

Improving Chronic Care – a NZ experience using a break through
series collaborative methodology within Primary Care

Presented by: Dr Janine Bycroft

12.40 pm Closing remarks and Q&A to Panel
1.00 pm Lunch break
1.45 pm

Education Workshop

Presented by: Dr Karen Day


Education Workshop

The nature and role of health informatics, presented by Dr Karen Day

What is health informatics? Why does it matter? This interactive workshop will start with a presentation on the foundation concepts of health informatics in the New Zealand context. We aim to stimulate lively discussion about its usefulness, what’s new, what works (and doesn’t work) and where to find out more.