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Speakers are listed in order of appearance on programme


Official welcome


Mayor Winton Dalley, Hurunui District Council & Canterbury Mayoral Forum

Winton has had a lifetime involvement serving his rural communities in many capacities. After qualifying and spending some years as a mechanical engineer, he became a sheep and beef farmer, fulfilling his ambition. He is a proud husband, father, and grandfather and dedicated to supporting his family. Winton has had a lifetime involvement with several sporting codes; Rugby; as a player, then coach at Club and Representative Levels, and as an Administrator, before switching to Netball where he coached at School, Club, and Representative Levels,  also serving as an Administrator. Now he enjoys a game of bowls, when time and commitments allow; and enjoys supporting and encouraging his children and grandchildren in their sporting lives. Winton spent many years in School Governance as a Board Member and Chair at Local, Provincial, and National levels. He has held a number of Company Directorships and Board Chair positions and served on a number of Community Trusts as a Trustee and Chair. He serves on his Church’s Parish Council, and is a Member of St John, he has also served on many other Community Service Clubs and Organisation over the years. Winton has served his Community in local government for 26 years initially on his local Community Board, then from 2004 as District Councillor, becoming Mayor in 2009. For over fifteen years he has been actively involved in the provision of Rural Health across the Hurunui District, initially by advocating for, and supporting the provision of four Community owned Rural Health Centres. Over the last ten years he has been active in initiating Community owned Health Companies, to guarantee Primary Health Care services to his communities. He is still serving as a Director, and until recently was the Board Chair for one of these Companies. Winton has personally initiated and undertaken the provision of support in many ways to ensure the wellbeing of his Community through a number of serious Natural Disasters over the years, the most recent being the severe Hurunui/Kaikoura earthquake, the Health and Welfare of his Community are always his highest priority. Winton has always been, and still is a passionate supporter, defender and strong advocate for his Community and his People.

Official welcome


David Meates, CEO, Canterbury & West Coast District Health Boards

David is Chief Executive of the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards – responsible for the health services for over 550,000 New Zealanders, and the leadership of over 11,000 direct employees and thousands more NGO health sector workers contracted by the DHB. He is a big picture thinker and has particular skills in leading change, and motivating and mobilising others to be part of the transformation.  David is passionate about health and what’s possible when people grasp the vision and work collectively for the greater good.  The achievements of the Canterbury Health System are testimony to his leadership.  David has overseen the creation of what has been identified as one of the most integrated health systems in the world by The Kings Fund (an independent charity working to improve health and health care based in the UK). In 2011 David was awarded the highest standing award by the NZ Medical Association for exemplary leadership for the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury.  In 2014 David was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to health. Originally from Canterbury, David has worked in both the private and public sectors, in NZ and the UK.

2027 - the experience that isn't so far off

What will the health consumer experience look like in 2027, what’s in play and how's it going to evolve - let's not get left behind


John Macaskill-Smith, CEO, Pinnacle Ventures

John has 20 years leading change in primary care. John took Pinnacle from a small team of 16 people in 2001 to the broader group of companies and innovations that it’s so well known for. Passionate about bridging the gap between technology and outcome, he loves the challenge of improving outcomes by blending the best of what we do with what we could do. John has introduced a range of new programs and technologies to the NZ health sector that are now having an impact nationally and in some cases internationally. These include the Health Care Home in 2010 and now via the Pinnacle network and the national Health Care Home Collaborative this has grown to a national program. Patient portals were launched in Pinnacle as part of the Health Care Home development and this has now been adopted nationally and is being adopted around the country. Xcrania has established a primary care secure cloud and has seen a growing number of primary care providers shifting from local services to fully supported cloud system. Indici has also sent shockwave through the primary IT space, with Midlands, Compass, Central and Hutt Valley now endorsing Indici as their preferred system and forcing existing systems to pull their socks up and attempt to catch up with the sector’s needs. John now leads Ventures for the Pinnacle group which is managing the what’s next and what’s after what’s next thinking for Pinnacle. Ventures manages all the ownership and management of the practices owned within the Pinnacle group which is a growing business.  Ventures is also establishing new partnership with industries outside the health sector to explore and develop new models and approaches for primary care and importantly to better meet changing consumer and patient needs.


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

Saxon has been an HPB Surgeon at Christchurch hospital, New Zealand since 2005. After completing his RACS training in NZ he spent 4 years in United Kingdom completing HPB training (Liverpool and Edinburgh). His research interests have focused on clinical issues including safe cholecystectomy, bile duct injury, minimally invasive pancreatic necrosectomy, enhanced recovery surgery and post pancreatectomy pancreatitis. He has taken a role as the e-clinical health lead for the Canterbury district health board with the aim of helping to establish a digital health system. He has been involved with tech companies bringing electronic workflow solutions for clinicians from concept to production. Since 2008 he has been on the editorial team of HPB and sits on editorial boards of the World Journal of Surgery and British Journal of Surgery. He is on council of APHPBA and the research committee of the IHPBA. He is an e-tutor for HPB module of the University of Edinburgh online ChM programme. He has published 125 peer reviewed articles including, book chapters and videos.

              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

John Ko is an entrepreneur and a General Practitioner. He co-found Wigram Health. Wigram Health redefined the Patient Experience by focusing on best customer service as well as providing ultra-convenient care using Technology. Wigram Health is regarded as one of the most innovative General Practice and it is currently the fastest growing medical centre in entire New Zealand, reaching 6500 patients from scratch over 18 months period. Wigram Health will be expecting to open it's second site in Lincoln in Aug 2018. John is also a co-founder and CEO of Epione Health. Epione is a mobile telehealth application, designed to put Healthcare at Everyone's Fingertip. Epione provides affordable virtual visits on few health conditions that does not require physical examinations. Epione collaborates with Pharmacy partner to pick up or even deliver medications. The development gained interests from the leaders of health industry within New Zealand and abroad. Pilot Trial with 500 patients had been extremely successful with high satisfaction. John is now overseeing the planned roll out of Epione Health to wider community and is also further developing the app to include management of stable chronic illness.

Interoperability, that's easy for you to say

How integrated technology is transforming health


Stella Ward, Executive Director Allied Health, Executive Lead – Innovation & ICT, Canterbury & West Coast District Health Boards

Stella is the inaugural Chief Digital Officer for the Canterbury DHB and the West Coast DHB. This role provides strategic leadership and governance to ensure current and future technology contributes to the transalpine vision of an integrated health system – “One System, One Budget”. Stella works in partnership with Executive Team Members and the South Island Alliance, providing advice to the Board and management on digital governance and standards.  Stella is involved in many innovative and effective changes including the South Island Patient Information Care System (SI PICS), Cortex, Celo and Health Connect South. Her goal is to embed a fully digital health system that reduces duplication, saves clinical time and improves patient safety. Stella also has a number of Executive Portfolios that include the Christchurch Health Precinct and Health Innovation (Via Innovations Executive Director). She is the commercial relationship manager for the Strategic Partnerships with Orion Health; Hewlett Packard and GE Healthcare. Stella is also a member of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Advisory Board. She believes it is essential in health leadership to have a global view and is always delighted to have the opportunity to meet with and share learning with, health and related industry leaders all over the world. Stella trained as a speech language therapist and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare. 

Social license for Artificial Intelligence - what would this look like? 

An exploration of Artificial Intelligence in health care - what are the social consideration of this?


Ann-Marie Cavanagh, Chief Technology & Digital Services Officer, Ministry of Health

Direct from Europe leading global teams in digital health innovation, Ann-Marie Cavanagh joined the Ministry of Health as Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer in December 2016. Ann-Marie most previously worked as Head of Digital Strategy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland, a role she held for three years.  Originally from the UK, Ann-Marie trained as a clinical pharmacologist at the University of Liverpool. After graduating, she went on to work in the health care industry ranging from small start-up agencies to global organisations innovating in the area of digital health.  Ann-Marie is part of the Executive Leadership Team based at the Ministry in Wellington.

              Future of Community Based Care - Technology is used to connect us together and also drive us apart - but what else?

Technology is used to connect us together and also drive us apart. But how could we use it to create meaningful local work and to assist people to find home support in a new model? Using New Zealand's AirBnb of home, Mycare, as a case study this talk will focus on the ways thousands of New Zealanders are self directing their own lives to increase connectivity, resilience and wellness. Mycare is on a mission to create tools that enable localism over institutionalism, and social enterprise over corporation and want to invite you along for the ride.


Sam Johnson, Head of Community Innovation, Mycare

Sam Johnson is the Head of Community at Mycare, Chair of the Student Volunteer Army and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a social enterprise that can connect generations and end social isolation in New Zealand. His venture joined forces with Mycare in 2017 to help recreate mutually beneficial models of community. Sam has been previously named a Young New Zealander of the Year award, Communicator of the Year and is #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list.

              Let’s stop pretending 'social license' is an actual thing

Social license (as a descriptive term) can never be self-awarded; as a society, we require of businesses subscribing to this term to be transparent, accountable and provide clarity about the benefits and impact of activities on those affected. Social license requires any business to ensure its activities respect the rights of all of those in any community.


Kathryn Jones, CEO, Laura Fergusson Trust

Kathryn is currently the Chief Executive for the Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury, which provides specialist rehab assessment services, long term residential support, post-acute and community based rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury. Kathryn has extensive experience in the health and disability sector in New Zealand, having worked in general management and national business development roles. She has been responsible for long-term strategic planning in relation to community care services for older people and adults with disabilities for many years both in New Zealand and the UK. Kathryn’s background also includes membership of a number of sector representative groups at a national level including: Executive Committee member of the New Zealand Home Health Association, member of the former Canterbury District Health Board Quality and Patient Safety Council, member of the Canterbury Clinical Network reference groups and the Ministry of Health NGO Health and Disability Council from 2012 - 2016. Kathryn is currently a member of the Canterbury District Health Board Disability Steering Group. Kathryn is also a current Chairperson of the Arts Integrated Trust which provides performing arts programmes for disabled youth.  

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?


Dr Kevin Ross, General Manager, Precision Driven Health

Dr Kevin Ross is the General Manager of Precision Driven Health, an award-winning $38m partnership applying data science and analytics to enable precision health. He is also Director of Research at Orion Health, a global healthcare platform managing data for over 110 million patients worldwide. Kevin is the founder and chair of the New Zealand Analytics Forum, a group of over 2,000 professionals committed to learning and sharing best practice analytics. He was previously Chief Scientist of Optimisation at Fonterra, Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Principal Consultant for PA Consulting Group. His work has spanned organisations including NASA, Bell Laboratories, London Councils and Thomson Reuters. Kevin holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, and a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Mathematics.

Keeping pace with the rest of the world – are we falling behind?

In 2013, Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City – USA), a global healthcare leader, began a strategic collaboration and vision to perfect the processes of clinical care, improve the health of its communities, and to provide the highest quality of care at an appropriate sustainable cost. Sound familiar? With a similar set of shared values and goals, what can be learned from Intermountain’s strategies as the NZ sector continues to keep pace with the rest of the world?


David Gardiner, Care Transformation Chief Operating Officer, Intermountain Healthcare (Utah, USA)

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, 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 woundcare out of the dark ages

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


Dr Bruce Davey, CEO, ARANZ Medical Ltd 

Bruce Davey studied electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Canterbury before spending 15 years in Canada in various medical imaging positions including development of the world’s first image guided surgery computer system. On returning to New Zealand Bruce joined ARANZ Medical Limited as CEO, guiding the company’s growth into international markets. ARANZ Medical develops scanning and informatics solutions for custom fit orthotics and wound care. Customers include the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the NHS in the UK and 4 of the global top 20 pharmaceutical companies.

              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

Helmut Modlik is the Chief Executive of Patients First – a charitable company jointly owned by GPNZ and RNZCGP to provide IT solutions that enable a better informed, better performed and better joined-up health sector. Helmut is also the CEO of Patients First’s recently incorporated trading arm – Conporto Health Limited. Helmut’s prior experience includes a range of executive management and consulting positions, including Chief Executive of Connexis (infrastructure industry training organisation), TTS (education sector systems integrator), ASPX (cloud computing service provider) Poutama Trust (New Zealand’s only pan-Maori economic development agency) as well as numerous private and public sector directorships including the New Zealand government’s drug purchasing agency, a Maori tertiary institution, a Prime Ministerial advisory committee, a nationwide aquaculture joint venture and management consultancy. Helmut’s particular interests include strategy, change management, new venture initiation and business performance improvement. Helmut has advised numerous private and public sector clients, including small and medium sized companies, local government and private sector joint ventures, community and development trusts, tertiary education institutions and major public organisations such as the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Crown Company Monitoring Unit, Department of Social Welfare, Work and Income New Zealand, Department of Corrections, Community Funding Agency, New Zealand Qualification Authority, Health Funding Agency and Ministry of Health. Helmut is also personally committed to Maori social and economic development. Helmut holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (1989) and Master of Business Administration (1993) from Victoria University, Wellington.  

              Artificial Intelligence in Health: Separating Reality from Science Fiction

Following the recent publication of the AI Forum's report Artificial Intelligence - Shaping a Future New Zealand, AI Forum NZ Executive Director Ben Reid will explore the transformative impacts that AI is likely to have on the future of health - the opportunities from intelligent automation and some of the disruptive changes that may result. 


Ben Reid, Executive Director, Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand

Ben leads the AI Forum of New Zealand - an independent organisation bringing together business, academia and the government connecting, promoting and advancing the AI ecosystem to help ensure a prosperous future New Zealand. Ben has a 24-year career background in software development and strategic technology consulting, working with a wide range of organizations spanning multinational software vendors, startups and government. Ben is active in promoting innovation and collaboration across the New Zealand technology industry.  He was former Chairman of Canterbury Tech, the regional tech industry body and also the establishment Chairman of Canterbury Angel Investors Inc., the regional early stage investment network.  Ben is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

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, Cortex

Dr Rumball is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and a Specialist Occupational & Environmental Medicine Physician based in Christchurch, with interests in community-based complex pain management and rehabilitation.  He is also the Sense Medical Clinical Lead for Cortex app development at CDHB.  Cortex is a care coordination platform that provides mobile task management, communication, and clinical documentation for multi-disciplinary teams.

              The Doctor will see you now - medical data + AI = better triage and direction in the health system – a demo of virtual care in action

Gabe takes a look at an intelligent health bot that is able to walk a patient through a process and direct to appropriate care. Using quality medical data and AI to drive the direction of questioning can we use this in Virtual Care to better triage and direct in the health system.


Gabe Rijpma, Senior Director Health & Social Services Asia, Microsoft

Gabe is a senior ICT and health industry leader based in Christchurch. Gabe started his working career in Christchurch as a software developer and systems architect. He was an early pioneer in technology and internet start-ups. After moving to Sydney, he joined Microsoft in 2000 which set the basis for his career across multiple continents. Gabe worked with some of the largest corporations and national governments in transforming their businesses through the application of ICT.

          If only IT were free

Presentation synopsis not yet provided


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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