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Board Candidates 2020
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Candidates listed in alphabetical order by first name


Angela Lim

CEO & Co-Founder, Clearhead
HiNZ member since 2019

As a paediatric trainee at Starship Hospital and founder of Clearhead, NZ's first AI driven diagnostic and triage tool for mental health provided directly to the consumer. I bring with me a unique perspective of understanding the challenges the health system faces as an “insider”, as well as someone who is implementing an innovative solution as an “outsider”.

As a Millennial, my world view and the strategic insights I offer is one that reflects what the next generation of patients and clinicians would be expecting. I am very solutions focused and can offer up bold ideas on how technology should be shaping the future of New Zealand’s health care system.

Despite my age, I have had 10 years of experience in NZ’s health IT sector, which includes sitting on governance boards for national level IT programs such as the National Shared Care Plan and the National Child Health Information Platform. In addition I’ve had significant governance experience, having sat on 16 different Boards over that time period. I am also well connected with key opinion leaders in the health sector from primary care all the way to the Ministry.

I have also been involved in multiple research projects including my sabbatical at the Harvard School of Public Health, which resulted in publications in international peer-reviewed journals. My leadership has also been recognised and I was a Finalist in the 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year award.

I strongly believe that technology has the potential to deliver the transformative change required to improve health outcomes, reduce inequality and deliver more patient-centric care. I believe a seat on the HINZ Board is a powerful channel for me to be able to support that vision. So thank you in advance for casting your vote for me.


Angela Lim


Elizabeth Berryman

Resident Medical Officer – Waitemata DHB/University of Auckland
HiNZ member since 2015; HiNZ board member since 2018

HINZ is the leader that cultivates the culture and attitude that is required for healthcare disruption to be directed effectively and appropriately for Aotearoa. It has been my pleasure to serve on the HINZ board for the past 2 years and am excited to see the future direction and vision for HINZ and it would be my privilege to continue to serve on the board. 

I am an active researcher in workplace mental health with the University of Otago and University of Auckland. My area of interest is in how we can leverage technology to address complex issues. Through this research I have founded a tech start up called Chnnl focussed on making a difference in workplace mental health. This has been an incredible experience and I am passionate about helping other researchers and startup founders to find opportunities to collaborate with the digital health community and the wider health sector. 

I have a keen interest in governance and sit on different boards in both the NGO sector and commercial sector. I also have experience in marketing, strategy and business development. Previously I was an elected member on the New Zealand Medical Association board, previous Chair of the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund and I am a founding trustee on the Wahine Connect Trust, a mentoring programme for professional women. I am a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

I worked for 5 years as a Registered Nurse in community Maori Health, completing my Masters and Nurse Practitioner studies before starting Medical School in Otago. I currently work as a Resident Medical Officer (Junior Doctor) at Waitemata DHB at North Shore Hospital and am a guest lecturer and researcher at The University of Auckland in Health Informatics.  


Elizabeth Berryman


John Ashley

Chief Operating Officer – Community, The Selwyn Foundation
HiNZ member since 2016; HiNZ board member since 2019

Since my appointment to the HiNZ board in December 2018 I have valued the opportunity to work with the board and HiNZ leadership team to continue to drive progress in healthcare and technology within NZ, and to help develop the vision for HiNZ in the coming years.

I am seeking election to serve on the board for a further term to play my part in bringing the vision into reality. 

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.  My technical background spans Health Information Technology, CRM and Data Analytics, and I have a passion for using technology and digital solutions to improve outcomes for end users.

I am currently the chair of 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 in the heart of Manukau, and being chair of the Totara Park Equestrian Centre trust.


John Ashley


Karen Blake

Regional Manager Health Informatics, healthAlliance
HiNZ member since 2016; CiLN co-chair since 2019

“He waka eke noa”- “A canoe which we are all in with no exception”: This whakatauki reminds us that we cannot achieve the goal of all New Zealanders living well, staying well and becoming well unless we all work together. The HiNZ Board is a vital part of our digital health community enabling us as a sector to collaborate, to share ideas and expertise, and to support the development of our informatics workforce.


As a founding member and Co-Chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network (CiLN), I am able to hear the issues and challenges experienced by our clinicians working in data and digital, and can bring this perspective to the HiNZ Board. I have substantial governance experience, which includes being on the Board of Directors for HL7NZ, and I am the CIO representative on the Health Information Standards Committee (HISO) at the Ministry of Health.


My clinical experience includes 20 years working as a midwife in both NZ and Australia, and as a first responder working in the community as a volunteer operational Firefighter; the majority of our call outs are to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, where I am grateful for many years of experience in managing cardiac arrests. I am completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics, and passed the CHIA exam in 2017.


Karen Blake


Michael Sheehan

i3 Leapfrog Programme Manager, Waitemata DHB
HiNZ member since 2017; HiNZ board member since 2018

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 Waitemata DHB Programme Manager for the award winning Leapfrog Programme. 
 
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, is 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


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