HINZ Executive Comittee 2010-11
Photos and bios of the 2010-11 Executive Committee members.
Details of the current Executive Committee are available here.
CHAIR - Tom Bowden
Is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of HealthLink Ltd. HealthLink Ltd is the largest provider of health sector communications and related services in Australia and New Zealand and it ranks among the most significant organisations of its type in the world. Today HealthLink connects more than 7,000 health sector organisations to exchange more than 50 million items of clinical information annually. HealthLink is being used by the six Australian State Governments for a wide range of purposes. In New Zealand, HealthLink has been used to provide national infrastructure for a range of national projects including the New Zealand National Child Immunisation Register (NIR) a national system that has been used immunize all New Zealand children under the age of sixteen. Tom has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Auckland. He is a member of a number of health information technology organisations in both New Zealand and Australia. He is currently representing New Zealand and Australia in an international comparison of use of health Sector Information Technology being conducted by the Victoria University, British Columbia.
TREASURER - Simon Hayden
In 2002 Simon took up a role with the TelePaediatric Service to create and develop a national video conferencing service, for Paediatrics. The service now delivers managed video conferencing services to all DHBs and content throughout NZ and into Australia. Prior to TelePaeds, he worked in the Television and Media industry in positions focussing on international business, operations and information services. Simon leads the HINZ telehealth workgroup, his aim is to drive and support telehealth activty in New Zealand.
Denise Irvine, MBS. BSocSci RN. - Health Consultant - ehealth
Denise Irvine has broad experience in both health and education. Having seen the positive benefits of providing health information and health care by information and communication technology, she established a consultancy in ehealth. This consultancy provides advice and support to health organizations, staff and consumers in the use of information and communication technology as a valuable health delivery tool. Denise is also a member of the Primary Care Information Management Group.
Steve Rayner has been in ICT for around 30 years, and in Health since the advent of Crown Health Enterprises in late 1991 - early 1992. He has held various positions in Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Whangarei, and is currently CIO for Whanganui District Health Board. Steve is passionate about not wasting resources and working together to improve our delivery of healthcare and about his three mokopuna.
Dougal is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Health IT Cluster - a vibrant alliance of more than 70 vendors and supporting members including academia, healthcare providers and policy makers. Prior to the Cluster, Dougal was manager of the Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee an independent statutory body established by the Minister of Health to provide governance, oversight and leadership for the implementation of the eHealth strategy in New Zealand. In this role he established strong clinical, consumer and executive networks across the health and disability system.
Before joining the health sector he worked for the Ministry of Justice, Treasury, Commerce Commission and Opus International Consultants. In the United Kingdom he worked for a number of blue chip firms including global architectural firm DEGW, British Airways, Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen.
Dougal has served on numerous committees involved in health, eGovernment, information management and professional initiatives and currently is a member of the Health Information Standards Governance Group. Dougal has a Masters of Business Information Innovation from RMIT University in Melbourne.
In October 2010, Dr Sadhana Maraj was appointed to the position of Manager Health Sector IT Engagement at the IT Health Board. The engagement team leads consultation and engagement with various stakeholder groups to support implementation of the National Health IT Plan (NHITP) and progress initiatives targeted at improving health outcomes. Sadhana is a medical doctor and trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has worked in Ireland and England in the general surgical specialties and in New Zealand in obstetrics and gynaecology. She recently completed an MBA at Victoria University and subsequently held roles at ACC and the Ministry of Health. She has also worked briefly with Hutt Valley DHB on the New Zealand Medicines Formulary. Her clinical background means that she is familiar with clinician IT needs and the accompanying frustrations of clinicians who are unable to access information in a timely manner to support diagnosis and treatment across the continuum of healthcare delivery.
Dr Karl Cole, MBChb FRNZCGP PGDip Healinfo
Currently working as Clinical Director of Information for Procare Health Limited, a large primary care management services organisation, as well as 5/10s clinical practice. Recently retired from the NZ Army, after 10 years involving deployments to East Timor, Bali and others. Experience in information systems started as Clinical Director of the NZ Defence Force Electronic Record project and online recruiting for NZ Army.
Lucy has been involved in Health Informatics in New Zealand for many years, including as past chairperson of Nursing Informatics NZ (NINZ). She played a lead role in organising the 7th International Congress Nursing Informatics (NI2000). In 2002 she was appointed an Honorary Life Member of HINZ in recognition of her work with Nursing Informatics New Zealand (NINZ). Lucy has had involvement with the international Health and Nursing Informatics communities for many years. Participation in a number of international congresses on Informatics has seen her present papers, chair sessions and acting as judge for Graduate Poster presentations on a number of occasions. Lucy is also a contributing author to two international textbooks related to Nursing Informatics. One of these textbooks had a new edition due for publication in early 2010. Lucy is both the NZ representative to International Medical Informatics Association – Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) and one of the vice-chairs of IMIA-NI. Lucy has a background in Nursing and she held clinical and management roles before moving into the Informatics field in 1993. She is currently an Information Management Consultant for the Auckland District Health Board.
Michelle Honey - Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Auckland
As a nurse Michelle has experience in surgical, cardio-thoracic, intensive care, nurse education and informatics. Michelle has been involved with the health informatics community since 1991 as one of the early members of Nursing Informatics NZ. Michelle chaired NI2000, the 7th International Nursing Informatics Congress held in Auckland in 2000. Michelle’s work in education began at Manukau Institute of Technology in the Nursing department. She left MIT to take up new challenges within informatics for the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society and project managed the successful implementation of the Plunket information system. She has now returned to the education sector again, teaching at the University of Auckland, where she completed her PhD in e-learning for nurses. With a passion for ensuring a nursing voice within health informatics, Michelle currently leads the HINZ Nursing Informatics working group with the aim of supporting and providing a network for nurses within HINZ.
Dr Kannan Subramaniam
Kannan is a medical doctor with management qualifications. After a decade as a clinician, he led the commercial strategy of companies within the pharmaceutical, information communication technology (ICT) and biotechnology sectors. He was the head of a joint venture of global pharmaceutical companies (Merck, Glaxo, Lilly & CSL) where he led disease management initiatives that utilised electronic clinical decision support. After developing a UK start-up that provided a unique information platform for the NHS and private healthcare, he returned to New Zealand as Senior VP of Intrahealth Systems, a leading health informatics company in New Zealand and now in Canada. He was a founding board member of the NZ Health IT Cluster and is a past Chair of HINZ. Kannan also co-chairs the IMIA Mental Health Working Group. He is currently working with NZ technology companies to commercialize their research efforts.
I'm a lecturer in health informatics at the University of Auckland at which the National Institute for Health Innovation is based. I'm interested in how people use information, the principles of information management and the technology. It's all about the people for me. I'm fascinated by how we adapt to the changes brought about by the introduction of IT in healthcare - that was the topic of my PhD. My interest has extended to how people who become patients may want to, or do, use health information about themselves or about a condition they or a friend or family member may have. I’ve published about both and am now looking at how health informatics can be used to increasingly bring people who are not clinically trained into the health knowledge network or scenario.
Malcolm is the Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) at Auckland University. NIHI is New Zealand’s leading research and educational centre focused on health informatics and applied technology. In this role, he leads a team of researchers and educationalists, including experts in fields of health systems, health strategy, clinical applications, robotics and telemedicine.
Malcolm has been in the IT industry for over 40 years in the UK and New Zealand. For the last 20 years he has focused on the health sector in roles ranging from strategy development, marketing for a major systems integration company and programme leadership. He was until recently the Chairman of the New Zealand Health IT Cluster, a groundbreaking collaboration of technology companies, government and healthcare providers aimed at improving the way technology is utilised in the sector.
I have practised medicine for more than 20 years in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and have extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings in general practice, primary, secondary, and tertiary care. I am employed part-time as a senior medical officer in a primary/secondary care specialist sexual health service.
I am also a senior lecturer in the Department of Management at Massey University, with a research interest in health informatics. I have a Master of Philosophy in Information Systems, and originally joined the University's Department of Information Systems as a lecturer in 1999.
Is Professor and Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland, holding a joint appointment between the Department of Computer Science and the School of Population Health. He is Chief Scientist of the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland. His research interests focus on application of Information Technology to improve chronic disease management outcomes with particular interests in empowering healthcare consumers, healthcare systems that more clearly represent care plans, and data mining for quality assurance using existing electronic medical records. He teaches in principles of health informatics and also human-computer interaction and is program director for the new Health Informatics postgraduate diploma being offered from the Faculty of Medical and Health Science from 2007.
Liz Schoff has lived in Auckland since 2007, when she relocated from the San Francisco Bay area. She took a role with Orion Health, New Zealand's largest software exporter. She has had several roles with Orion Health, most recently establishing a global Product Management team. Previous to this, Liz spent more than 20 years in technology in other industries, including finance, government, publishing and transportation, before finding an affinity for health care. She is particularly interested in the increasing focus on patient self-management in the health care system and the technical and non-technical changes to enable this. She is currently pursuing a second post-graduate degree, a Masters in Health Informatics at the University of Auckland.
Douglas Kingsford is a practising GP who works in both primary and secondary care in addition to medical informatics. He has a PhD in electronic engineering, in artificial intelligence applied to medical decision support, and has broad based industry experience in clinical, technical and publishing aspects of medical informatics. He has served on relevant HISO technical Expert Committees, and was previously Clinical Director and Knowledge Engineering Director at Orion Health.
Linda McKay - AMM HINZ Executive Officer
Linda has been involved in administration and professional event management for over 22 years - having spent 9 years in London producing conference programmes in maritime, computer and export law for an international commercial conference company. She has travelled throughout Europe and South America training and lecturing in event management. She has arranged events for up to 2500 delegates and was involved in the NZ APEC Meeting where she organised the President Clinton breakfast forum. Linda has been involved in HINZ since its conception in 2000, and is also the Executive Officer of HL7 New Zealand, New Zealand Institute of Health Management and is the in-house PCO consultant to the Bruce Mason Conference Centre. She has two young boys to manage when she is not running conferences and lives with her musician partner of 20 years in the beautiful seaside town of Devonport, Auckland.