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Board Candidates 2019
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Candidates listed in alphabetical order by first name

Gavin Young

Technology Programme Manager, Canterbury Clinical Network
HiNZ member since 2015

I have 22 years of experience working in the areas of IT service provision and management. The past 11 years of which have been in the Health sector both here in New Zealand and in Australia.

I originally developed my passion for health informatics working as Operations Manager, Health Information Services at Geelong Hospital where I was responsible for managing the transition from paper to one of Australia’s first digital medical records within a secondary care facility.

In my current role as Technology Programme Manager- Shared Care Planning for the Canterbury Clinical Network, I manage the delivery of Shared Care Technology. In this role I work with both IT providers & health professionals across the Canterbury Health System to deliver technology that enables primary, secondary and community services to work together with the patient to proactively manage and plan for complex needs through the use of the Shared Care Plans.  

I am passionate about the future of health informatics and firmly believe that health information systems should benefit both the health provider and the consumer alike, whilst improving patient outcomes. As we are moving into a phase where the demand for interoperability, information sharing, data collection and consumer access is increasing, it is important that we all work collaboratively towards the common goal. I see  effective governance and relationships built on trust as being key to the success of future health informatics solutions.

If elected I believe my experience in delivering health informatics solutions across the health system would be a great perspective to add to the collective experience of the HiNZ Board. I would thrive on the opportunity to contribute to the current and future direction of HiNZ.

Gavin Young

Jayanthi Mohanakrishnan

ACC Business Manager,  Auckland District Health Board
HiNZ member since 2016

I have a wealth of private and public healthcare management experience gained during 30 years in a number of senior management roles. I have built a reputation as someone with high integrity, strong professionalism, and passion, who is committed to high quality outcomes in all my endeavours. My strong technical abilities, focus and drive play an important role in supporting the DHB business. I am on a number of Regional and National Committee's as the Health Board representative on health service design. I am also a keen advocate for using technology. I was responsible for the introduction of the online claim form completion at Auckland DHB and managing the transition from paper to improve and support patient needs. I am considered as a specialist on ACC matters by the clinicians and managers nationally.


I have completed my post graduate degrees in Science, Library & Information Services, Health & Hospital Management. I now have the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and continue online learning through Coursera and other providers. I have completed the Greenbelt Certification this year. I believe in lifelong learning. 

I am serving my third year as President of NZIHM (New Zealand Institute of Health Management). I am also a Board Director on ACHSM (Australasian College of Health service Management). At ACHSM and NZIHM we support health service managers in their quest to strengthen their leadership skills and boost their careers. NZIHM has a MOU with HiNZ.

I am passionate about continuous learning and the role of Health Informatics in improving the ability of clinician’s decision making to enhance patient outcomes and the ability of patients themselves to make better life choices. Over the last few years, HiNZ conferences have fostered a wider and deeper development of knowledge and use of health informatics in health care, education and research and emerged as a leader in Health Technology. I am keen to be actively involved in HiNZ’s work transforming health care and if elected I will bring all my knowledge, experience, passion and energy to contributing to the mission and goals of HiNZ.

Jayanthi Mohanakrishnan

John Ashley

Chief Operating Officer – Community, The Selwyn Foundation
HiNZ member since 2016, HiNZ CHIA Working Group member in 2018

As Chief Operating Officer, Community at The Selwyn Foundation, my focus is helping to develop and operationalise innovative community services and solutions that that assist older people to retain their independence at home and ‘age-in-place’ within their communities.

I have a BSc and post-graduate diploma in business, both from the University of Auckland, and across my career have held a variety of roles in NZ and Australia with software companies focused on customer relationship management and health IT solutions and services.  I am a keen advocate for using virtual health technology and other tech-enabled interventions to bring about change in the way we support older people to live well in their homes. 

I am actively involved in NZHIT’s Virtual Health Industry Group and served as a member of a HiNZ working group in 2018.  My not-for-profit governance experience includes being a trustee of Friendship House Trust, a social services agency and community house.

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be more closely involved with HiNZ as I believe that this organisation is helping to drive real progress in healthcare and technology within NZ.

John Ashley

Karen Day

Programme Director of postgraduate health informatics, The University of Auckland
HiNZ Board member since 2016

I am a health informatician with a dream.

I was trained as a nurse and midwife, after which I did a BA in public health and health services management. My Masters was in managed care for people with long term health issues, and my PhD in Information Systems was about change management linked to health IT projects. I am now an academic, researching and teaching about health informatics. I am the Programme Director of postgraduate health informatics, and Pathway Champion for health informatics in the BHSc at The University of Auckland.

My governance experience extends from the 1980s when I served on a number of accessibility groups and committees (as a disability rights activist), to membership of various steering committees for information systems implementations over the last 15 years. I was the change manager of a large health IT project that formed the basis of my PhD. My role at the university includes several governance memberships, such as Boards of Studies, and the university Education Committee. For five years I served on the HiNZ Executive Committee (2007 – 2012).

My HiNZ dream is to raise the academic profile and make HiNZ the place that researchers call home. In 2017 we introduced the fun and popular conference activity ‘A Nutshell in a Fishbowl’ in which researchers and others interview one another about their work. We’ll be doing that one again in 2018! This year I proposed the use of abstracts only for research submissions and we attracted a large number of local and international submissions for presentation in November. I negotiated with the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics to select the top research abstracts for authors to write in full for publication – the editors selected four abstracts. We’ve also introduced the ‘Quick Fire’ session at the end of this year’s conference – a fun way for researchers to tell everyone the headlines of their research. There is still so much more to do. We’re working on building a student community, developing a doctoral forum, to encourage and support our student members – this will be our focus in 2019. The future is so exciting and I want to be part of it.

Karen Day  

Kevin Ross

General Manager, Precision Driven Health
HiNZ member since 2017

I am passionate about the potential for data analysis and technology to improve the health of New Zealanders through prediction and early intervention. As General Manager of Precision Driven Health, a public-private research partnership, I connect the sectors of technology, health and academia to collaborate and develop digital tools that enable clinicians to deliver more precise healthcare.


I see the potential for New Zealand to lead the global movement towards precision health, through our world-class research capability, enabling us to build valuable tools that empower people to manage their health and their data. I am also Director of Research at Orion Health, a global healthcare platform managing data for over 100 million patients worldwide. 


As the Chair and founder of the New Zealand Analytics Forum, I am committed to driving debate across industries on best practice in data sharing and analytics to enable us to be leaders on the world stage. Boards I currently or have recently served on include Te Punaha Matatini, the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, and the University of Auckland Department of Engineering Science. I hold a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Mathematics. Precision Driven Health won the 2017 KiwiNet Research and Business Partnership Award, and I was honoured to be a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards for Digital Health.

Dr. Kevin Ross

Michael Sheehan

i3 Leapfrog Programme Manager, Waitemata DHB
HiNZ Member since 2015, Board member since 2017

I have a broad background in technology, business and health. Originally a technologist, I completed a Masters in Business, and have been working with a range of health not-for-profits and start-ups. Additionally, I have sat on the board of a cardiovascular medical device company, as an independent director, improving its prospects and overseeing its international sale. I have worked with the Ministry of Health and Douglas Pharmaceuticals along with Hawke’s Bay DHB on their Regional Health Informatics Programme. I currently sit on the board of Hospice West Auckland and am the Programme Manager for the i3 Leapfrog programme of work. 
The interplay between the advancing of clinical technologies, data collection, business drivers and patient care is a finely balanced mix. This mix, underpinned through privacy and confidentiality, has the potential to be transformative for healthcare. Rapidly evolving opportunities and transformative change is everywhere, though the focus on patient experience and outcomes is paramount. How we can protect patient experience and confidentiality while delivering the benefits of a rapidly evolving health care model is critical. Vital. With no simple answer to the multiple and complex issues in this space, I would like to think the application of my technical, business, health and governance experience can contribute and help inform the progress of Health Informatics New Zealand.

Michael Sheehan

Nathan Billing

Business Analyst, Health Information and Technology Team, AucklandDHB
HiNZ board member since 2011

I am a State Registered Dietitian and current HINZ Board member. I have over 12 year’s clinical experience, of which I have gained within a wide range of medical and surgical dietetic specialties. This has been across both community, and acute health care settings. 


My curiosity and interest in Health Informatics ignited, while working at one of the largest HIV clinics in Northern Europe.  In a matter of a few hours, I was able to take an interesting clinical finding, and identify a subset of patients within our cohort. By matching this initial cohort, with a set of case controls with similar demographic and treatment history, I managed to show a statistical significant increase in CVD risk.  This would have taken me a month or more to pull this information together, but with electronic data, I was able to confirm an assumption and change my clinical practice in a matter of weeks. At this point I realised that the future of health care would be digital. 


I enrolled in an online conjoint Masters of Science in Health Informatics program, run by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), and immigrated to New Zealand.  After completing my study and while working at Waitemata DHB as the Dietetic Clinical Lead for the Intensive Care Unit, I made the leap to my first Informatics role with the Health Information and Technology team at Auckland District Health Board.  In this post, and over the past five years, I have been involved in many projects. Through the organisation, I have helped with the development, design and deployment of several clinical databases. I have contributed to the design of the recently published National Allied Health minimum dataset, and recently have been working with dietetic colleagues in the USA, in on updating the Nutrition related HL7 international Electronic Health record functional profile.


I have been an active member of the HINZ Board since 2011, and have contributed to a number of initiatives to enable HINZ’s transformation. I was Treasurer from 2012 to 2014, and in this role, helped developed our financial delegated authority document. I have continued as an Account Administrator, Signatory and general banking trouble shooter since.   I am the Co- Chair for the scientific stream for this year’s conference, and was also the Co- Chair for our ground breaking 2014 Auckland Conference.


I am really proud of what we as an organisation, have accomplished over the past two years since I last stood for election. I also feel that I have the organizational knowledge, clinical background and combined information technology experience required, to ensure we continue to improve as an organisation.


We have launched e-health news and now have more regular seminars during the year. I would like to have the opportunity to continue this work, and further develop the professional services we provide and enhance the capability of Health Informatics within New Zealand. 


Because the future of health after all, is digital.

Nathan Billing

Rebecca George

Clinical Lead – Allied Health Informatics, Christchurch Campus, CDHB
HiNZ board member since 2016, HiNZ CTAG Chair since 2016

As Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury DHB, I am also a member of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and a registered Occupational Therapist.  I have a passion to raise the profile for all professions within our Allied Health collective - using data, information and emerging technology to provide clarity and visibility of their impact.

As chair of the Allied Health National Informatics Group and co-author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard (2018) it is exciting to be working to connect our workforce with the value of informatics.  I am a member of the Health Information Standards Group (HISO), MOH, Chair of the HiNZ Clinical Technology Advisory Group and contribute to the leadership of Allied Health Informatics both locally and regionally.  I am involved in the use and development of emerging technology, devices and digital solutions that support our clinical staff.  I am also working with the integration, collection, analysis and presentation of clinical activity data and was honoured to be nominated as a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards for Digital Health in recognition of this work.

My time on the board for HiNZ has been particularly exciting as we have sought to grow HiNZ into the dynamic entity it is today.  We now seek to further our potential as we develop the Health Informatics sector into one of the key voices contributing to the evolution of our health system. 

Rebecca George

Rei Ishikawa

Business Operations Manager, BPAC Clinical Solution LP
HiNZ member since 2018

I have a diverse background across the engineering, information technology and health industries. Originally a scientist, my interest quickly evolved in to working in technology related projects, from engineering projects globally to software development in health. My focus is now as the Business Operations Manager at BPAC Clinical Solutions, delivering health informatics solutions across multiple territories, a rewarding role in a challenging environment.

My interest in governance developed from project and programme governance through to a role as a trustee in a local NFP. I am involved with a local governance role with the Dunedin International Airport board and a member of the Institute of Directors.  My passion for governance lies in vision, strategy and culture. I believe that the core values of any organisation are key markers of a successful and sustainable organisation. With experience in pragmatic delivery and execution, I am seeking to contribute alongside the existing board/industry experts to drive how health IT in NZ can continue to leverage the latest technologies for enhanced patient care.

Rei Ishikawa

HiNZ, PO Box 300125, Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand.

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