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Speakers are listed in first name alphabetical order. Programme and speaker list subject to change.


How the cloud is showering the Health Care Home with brilliance!


Alex Poor, Informatics Manager, Pinnacle Ventures Ltd.


Having managed big data sets across the health, education and social sectors, Alex has a real passion for using data for positive change. Having completed an M.Phil on primary care health systems interoperability, Alex can also blend technical detail with the big picture.

Help People Live the Healthiest Lives Possible

Hear about Intermountain Healthcare’s delivery through evidence based Care Process Models


Anika Gardenhire, RN, BSN, MMCI Care Transformation Executive Partner at Intermountain Healthcare, USA

(sponsored by Cerner)


Anika initially joined Intermountain Healthcare in a consulting role in 2015 as the Leidos Program Administrator for the approximately fifty Leidos consultants and 350 event resources assisting the iCentra go lives. In her current role, Anika is responsible for leading teams that partner with clinical and business leaders to streamline the way we allocate our resources, achieve goals systematically, and operate more efficiently. She is also the Executive Partner to Kim Henrichsen Senior VP, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing executive. In this capacity Anika is responsible for serving in an advisory capacity on how technical innovations can support the novel care models and strategic direction Kim is setting for how care will be delivered at Intermountain.   

Anika Gardenhire graduated from the University of South Carolina with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and from Duke University with her Masters’ of Management and Clinical Informatics. In 2015 Anika participated as a guest speaker in the Duke University’s informatics boot camp. In 2018 Anika was honored to be an invited guest at Duke’s Health Summit in Washington DC to participate in discussions in the policy center with those leading the charge to combat some on our nation’s most significant health challenges. Anika has also been honored to have opportunities to speak on her work in furthering professional nursing practice, implementing large programs such as post-cardiac arrest hypothermia, and the importance of a systematic approach change management in healthcare. 

She has the ability to listen, understand, and communicate the impact of clinical workflow on proper use and optimization of technologies to enhance the delivery of patient care. Previously, Anika worked as a Principal with Leidos and Senior Manager with Deloitte serving as an advisor to executives across many prestigious institutions which included Mayo Clinic and members of the Ministry of Health in British Columbia, Canada. Anika brings an impressive background as an operations leader and implementer of clinical and IT programs. She has significant experience working as a clinical change agent with regard to how clinicians, information technology professionals, and interdisciplinary care teams integrate and utilize information systems to augment patient care.  

Anika, her husband, Aaron, and their 100 pound bull mastiff, Titan, reside in Holladay, Utah right outside of Salt Lake City. 

Mental Health and Emerging Technologies – Are we there as yet?


Anil Thapliyal, CEO, HealthTRx


Anil is widely recognized for transformation in mental health and addiction domain through the application of innovative approaches seamlessly integrated within people’s care.


In particular, he is known for shaping the use of digital technologies to improve access to care in mental health services which include significant programmes of work in New Zealand, Canada, USA and Australia. He says "We must focus on the service user, their families and carers. If it does not work for them, it does not work". 


Anil’s leadership in the design, development and implementation of the eMental Health and Addiction services at the National Telehealth Service is acknowledged by Andrew Slater, CEO of Homecare Medical below.


“As a partner in the establishment team, HealthTRx brought the e-mental health and addictions know-how that assisted us to develop and transition the NTS mental health and addictions services. We recognise HealthTRx’s position as a leader in implementing e-mental health programs and addictions services spanning across many countries.”


Noted below are some of the national and international governance roles he holds:

  1.  Trustee, Health Navigator Charitable Trust, New Zealand;
  2. International Advisor, The Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation International Foundation (CAREIF), University of London, England;
  3. Member, eMental Health Section, World Psychiatric Association.

SNOMED- starting a strategy




Base lining digital literacy - a whole organisation approach


Anna-Marie Scroggins, Clinical Informatics Specialist, MercyAscot


Anna-Marie is a nurse with 10+ experience in neonatal and child health who works part time as a Clinical Informatics Specialist for MercyAscot Hospitals and has most recently been providing clinical informatics leadership to the organisation for their integrated EMR project. Additionally Anna-Marie is an Health IT consultant and loves working with innovators to help frame ideas into clear requirements with interoperability at the forefront. 


Anna-Marie has a Masters in Health Informatics with skills and experience in UX, clinical data standards, app development, innovation, facilitation, mentorship, testing, change and training.


Connect with Anne-Marie on LinkedIn here

Opportunities in Healthcare Data Management - is the Sector Ready for Strategic and Tactical Federation


Barry Phease, Domain Architect for Integration, ACC


I am Domain Architect for Integration at ACC.  I have been working in Integration and Data Transfers for the last 10 years.  My focus is in building APIs that allow partners to share data in secure, and flexible ways.  Reliability and accuracy are keys to making them usable and driving efficiencies.  I am building an API and integration strategy for ACC to promote and support online services and make optimal use of current assets.


In the past I have worked with Artificial Intelligence and have lectured (part time) at Otago University.  IT is a tool and a passion where the right application of technology can improve the business value of computer systems.

AI and machine learning in health -  recent developments


Ben Reid, Executive Director, AI Forum of New Zealand


Ben heads up the AI Forum of New Zealand – an independent organisation bringing together business, academia, and the government advancing the AI ecosystem to help achieve a prosperous and inclusive future New Zealand. Reid has a 24-year career background in software development and strategic technology consulting, working with a wide range of organisations spanning multinational software vendors, start-ups and government.

Data analytics for improved wound care management


Bruce Davey, CEO, ARANZ Medical Ltd


Bruce Davey graduated with a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Canterbury and then spent 15 years living and working in Canada in various medical imaging positions. The first 5 years were as a research associate at McGill University in Montreal developing the world’s first image guided surgery system. This was followed by 10 years at Cedara Software (now part of IBM) commercializing the image guided surgery system, as well as developing 3D scanner reconstruction software, 3D image review stations and health informatics software. Bruce returned to New Zealand in 2005 and joined ARANZ Medical as CEO. ARANZ Medical develops and markets informatics solutions, including 3D cameras, to improve the practice of wound care. Products are used in more than 35 countries around the world with customers including the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the UK’s NHS.

NZ Government Data System Leadership - Unleashing the power of data to change lives


Dale Elvy, Policy Manager, Statistics NZ



Welcome to Symposium (Day 1)


Dame Diane Robertson, Chair, Data Futures Partnership


Dame Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business, financial and data skills with strong social sector credentials.


Diane is the chair of the chair of the New Zealand Behavioural Insights advisory group (Nudge Unit) and the Inaugural Chair of the Data Futures Partnership.


The Partnership lead a nationwide engagement campaign with thousands of New Zealanders to examine the conditions for social licence of data use in New Zealand; explored the barriers to data use through research and projects; and identified potential solutions from innovations to strengthen the data system.


She is currently finalising the Trusted Data guidelines and writing the Governance of Data guidelines for boards of Directors and Trustees.


Diane is a former City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She designed the Family 100 Research project and was responsible for the collation and analysis of data gathered from the participants. This has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty. Working with Statistics New Zealand, Diane led a project to add Auckland City Mission data to the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).


Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data.

Driving Better Decisions - using real time data, predictive analytics and connected data sets to inform decision making


Dave Richards, Head of Business Intelligence, St John New Zealand


Dave is responsible for setting and executing the vision and strategy for organisational business intelligence at St John New Zealand. Using operations research and simulation, Dave follows a data driven approach to optimising resources; ensuring they are used with maximum effect to deliver the best results nationwide. He is an advocate of fixing processes instead of tweaking data and is passionate about enabling the business to make informed decisions with the right data and analysis. In 2018 his team were recognised with gold and silver in the technical capability category at the Australasian Ambulance Awards for Excellence.

Interoperability through complex data modelling


Delwyn Armstrong, Head of Analytics, Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3), Waitemata DHB


Delwyn Armstrong is the Head of Analytics at the Institute for Innovation and Improvement at Waitemata DHB. She holds a Masters in Public Health. She has a passion for improving access to patient information for clinicians; fostering data-driven, clinician-led healthcare improvement. She has lead the DHB-wide implementation of Qlik Sense at Waitemata, leveraging the growing wealth of clinical data sources. Through her previous experience managing Waitemata's Health Intelligence Team and various analyst and project management roles across all three Auckland DHBs, she has developed an end-to-end understanding of information systems.

Physical Health Access Rates for Pegasus PHO Patients with Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction


Gary Allen, Knowledge Manager and Privacy Officer, Pegasus Health


Gary currently works as the Knowledge Manager at Pegasus Health. The Knowledge Management team seeks to bring together data from across the Canterbury Health System to deliver analysis and insights that support general practice teams to support the health of the people of Canterbury. Gary joined Pegasus Health in 2009 following roles with Canterbury DHB’s Planning and Funding team and Secondary care.

Digital Platform for Resilient Youth: Building an e-Therapy Ecosystem


Jim Warren, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Auckland


Jim Warren is Professor Health Informatics at the University of Auckland, based in the School of Computer Science. He specialises in design and evaluation of information systems to support long-term condition management. He has worked extensively with the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) at the University’s School of Population Health. With NIHI he has consulted on implementation of New Zealand’s national health IT plan in areas including electronic referrals, shared care planning systems and information architecture. His current work includes statistical modelling and machine learning to improve understanding of cardiovascular disease risk in New Zealand and development of an IT platform for coordinated screening and e therapy to support mental health of New Zealand youth. This latter work is sponsored by the National Science Challenge, ‘A Better Start – e Tipu e Rea’ and CureKids. For over 10 years he has worked with the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care on a consumer-operated health and lifestyle e-screening tool, eCHAT (the electronic Case-finding and Help Assessment Tool) and in recent years this tool has been expanded and trialled for young people (as YouthCHAT). He has been engaged with HINZ as three-time conference chair (2006-2008) and overall chair of the organisation (2008-2010) and has served on New Zealand’s health informatics standards body. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. His degrees are in Computer Science and Information Systems from University of Maryland. After completing his PhD he worked for one year at The American University in DC and from 1993-2005 for University of South Australia in Adelaide.

How the cloud is showering the Health Care Home with brilliance!


John Macaskill-Smith, CEO, Pinnacle Ventures Ltd.


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.

Building a draft framework for data and digital workforce pathways


Jon Herries, Group Manager - Emerging Health Technologies, Ministry of Health


Jon and his team are focused on bringing technology to the health sector faster, ensuring that technology provides impact, and establishing a network of interested and expert people and organisations who are working on new technology solutions in health. Jon has recently returned to NZ from four years in Ireland where he was working in Healthcare and Technology consulting for EY. In this role Jon led the development of technology operating models and plans for the National Office of the HSE, SSW Hospital Group and Saolta Hospital Group. He was also lead on planning the work programmes for the National Children's Hospital, the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital and the All-Ireland Congenital Heart Disease Service. He was also the lead on reviewing the immunisation dataset for the Republic of Ireland including the plan to build a National Immunisation Dataset. 

Previously Jon established the Alliance Leadership Team and programme for CCDHB and was involved in project management, technology development and analytics in a number of clinical areas. He originally trained and practiced as a Physiotherapist and also completed a post-graduate diploma in Health Management.

Give it a nudge: How data & digital makes us better clinicians


Juliet Rumball-Smith, Clinical Director, Precision Driven Health


Juliet is a public health physician and epidemiologist. Her current positions include Clinical Director of Precision Driven Health, Clinical Chief Advisor at Ministry of Health, and founder/chair of the Wāhine Connect Charitable Trust. Her roles encompass national Primary Care policy development and implementation, womens health, genomics, and the use of data-driven insights to inform clinical decision making and population-level intervention.

Update from data summit




Clinical Perspective on the future of Data Governance


Karen Blake, Regional Manager Health Informatics, healthAlliance


With more than 20 years in the health sector, Karen’s experience spans clinical practice in both Australia and New Zealand as well as time spent in management, education and senior policy roles. She brings together the worlds of clinical practice and IT systems and processes through her work as a clinical informatician at healthAlliance.


She’s also regularly called on to put out fires. This isn’t a euphemism - she’s a volunteer fire fighter in her spare time.

ACHI / HISA merger proposal


Karolyn Kerr, Vice President, Australasian College of Health Informatics


Karolyn Kerr (PhD, FACHI, RGON) is director and owner of Illuminare. Illuminare provides data management, data governance and data quality strategic planning services to a range of clients, including government and private organisations. Karolyn began her career as a nurse, training in New Zealand and the UK and specialised in Coronary Care nursing and research before studying Health Informatics. Having completed a Masters in Telehealth, Karolyn began working at the Ministry of Health. Here she completed a PhD in data quality, developing a national strategy for data quality for the health sector. Karolyn was Chair of Health Informatics New Zealand and is the current Vice President and New Zealand representative on the Council of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and a Fellow of the organisation.

Why haven’t the robots replaced us yet?


Kevin Ross, CEO, Precision Driven Health


Dr Kevin Ross is CEO of Precision Driven Health, an award-winning, multi-million-dollar New Zealand research partnership applying data science to enable precision health to become a reality. He founded the New Zealand Data Science & Analytics Forum, a community of over 2,000 professionals who apply analytics to solve government and business problems, and explore concepts such as data ethics, artificial intelligence and the future of data sharing.  Prior to joining Precision Driven Health, Kevin served as Chief Scientist of Optimisation Modelling at Fonterra,  Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Principal Consultant for PA Consulting Group. He has also worked for NASA, Bell Labs, Eli Lilly and London Councils. Dr Ross’s holds a Ph.D. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

Virtual Reality Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Cognitive fatigue is a troubling long-term symptom following traumatic brain injury (TBI), impacting participation and quality of life. Therefore, a user-design feasibility study was completed in a translational manner, using a sample of clinicians and individuals with lived experience of TBI to design and test a VR rehabilitation solution for cognitive fatigue alongside engineers, researchers and designers. As real-world stressors can be simulated and systematically introduced, this novel and motivating system may provide advantages over traditional TBI rehabilitation approaches.


Dr Kristin Gozdzikowska, Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Researcher, Laura Fergusson Trust (Canterbury)


Dr Kristin Gozdzikowska is a Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Researcher from Laura Fergusson Trust (Canterbury). Her current research interests include best practice in traumatic brain injury, inducing screening, use of technology, and long-term rehabilitation outcomes. She collaborates on this project with an experienced, interdisciplinary group. Dr Jo Nunnerley is involved in research examining rehabilitation outcomes for people who live with chronic conditions such as spinal cord injury (SCI). Her work has strong emphasis on knowledge translation and consumer engagement (both patients and clinicians). Further, Marcus King brings significant technical expertise and a track record of developing rehabilitation technology. Lastly, Riley Stockwell and Nadia Thorne represent Cerebral Fix, a major software development studio in Christchurch specializing in gaming and simulation.

Plan B


Lara Hopley, Waitemata DHB



Evidenced-based healthcare – a paradox? How data and analytics should transform health

In this brief presentation Lloyd will explore the paradox that exists within healthcare where we set a high-burden of proof for our practice and approaches, but then adopt new approaches and technologies incredibly slowly. Data is fundamental to changing the way we think and act and technologies supporting intuitive data collection, analysis and presentation are changing how we operate and make decisions.


Lloyd McCann, CEO, Mercy Radiology and Clinics & Head of Digital Health, Healthcare Holdings Limited


Dr Lloyd McCann is the Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Radiology and Clinics, and is the Head of Digital Health for Healthcare Holdings Limited.


He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.  Lloyd also worked as a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Whilst based in the UK, Lloyd worked as the Medical Director for Harris Corporation, Healthcare Solutions and was an elected member on the TechUK Health and Social care Board as well as a Technical Advisory Group Member for the Global e-Health Ambassadors Programme. He completed a mixed clinical and managerial fellowship at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in Emergency Medicine and Performance Improvement. Lloyd has worked across the public and private components of the health sector in New Zealand in clinical, consultancy and leadership roles. Lloyd is an advocate for the use of digital health and leads a number of programmes leveraging digital technology and digital approaches to enable value-based care.

Improving Care with Mobile AI Assistance


Malcolm Pradhan, Chief Medical Officer, Alcidion

(sponsored by Alcidion)


Malcolm is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Alcidion Group, an ASX listed health informatics company that specialises in real-time analytics, clinical decision support and AI using interoperable standards such as FHIR. Malcolm works on technology to improve patient safety and healthcare logistics, and on creating systems that makes it easier for clinician to do their work. Malcolm has a medical degree from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in Medical Informatics from Stanford University specialising in AI in clinical decision making. He is a founding fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics.

The five challenges for Allied Health and the enablement that can be achieved via data and informatics


Martin Chadwick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Ministry of Health


Martin Chadwick has recently taken up the inaugural Chief Allied Health Professions Officer role within the Ministry of Health. This for the first time completes a clinical cluster within the Ministry with this role partnering with the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to this role Martin has held the role of Director Allied Health at Counties Manukau Health, and Executive Director Allied Health Scientific and Technical at Bay of Plenty DHB. Last year saw Martin complete his doctorate with a focus on Health workforce change which has provided a good platform taking on his new role. He has been awarded the Harkness Fellowship for the 19/20 year, taking up this opportunity in August of this year. Outside of his professional roles, Martin is well grounded with a busy family life with his wife Sue and three teenage children.

Transforming your Department with Speech Recognition


Marty Sterrett, Chief Medical Information Officer, Northern Sydney Local Health District, AUSTRALIA

(sponsored by Sound Business Systems)


Dr Sterrett has been training, working, and teaching in emergency medicine for over 28 years, and is currently a Staff Specialist at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Emergency Department, part of Northern Sydney Local Health District.  He has degrees in Chemistry, Cell Biology, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.  In his role as Chief Medical Information Officer for NSLHD, he wishes to build on his prior experience in transitioning to electronic records in other hospitals/health systems; his passion is the use of technology to improve patient care while increasing clinician satisfaction.  When he’s not working, Dr Sterrett might found fly-fishing, playing guitar, or on a long walk.

Clinical Decision Support: Guidelines today, AI tomorrow?   


Matthew Valentine, Clinical Director for Informatics, Bay of Plenty DHB


Dr Matt Valentine is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Whakatane Hospital. He also serves as the Medical Lead for Whakatane Hospital and the Clinical Director for Informatics for the Bay of Plenty DHB. Matt is also a member of the Midland Region’s eSPACE Clinical Authority. In his role as Clinical Director for Informatics, he serves as a liaison between clinicians and IS in the Bay of Plenty and the Midland region, helping to develop and support informatics initiatives such as the Midland Clinical Portal.


Matt is originally from Oregon in the USA, and obtained a BA in [comparative] Religion at Dartmouth College before studying medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. He did his speciality training in Emergency Medicine at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. He worked in a rural hospital in Oregon for five years before moving to Whakatane in 2008. Although he has always been interested in the intersection of health care and information technology, his opportunities to work in that area developed in New Zealand, aided by completing the University of Auckland’s Post Graduate Diploma programme in Health Informatics.

The Future of Healthcare is Preventable


Michelle Yandle, Melon Health, The Future of Healthcare is Preventable



Business Intelligence within Primary Health Care


Nick Davis, Senior Business Intelligence Developer, Pegasus Health


Nick currently heads a team of BI (Business Intelligence) developers within the Knowledge Management team at Pegasus Health.  As a BI Developer, Nick seeks to bring together data from across the Canterbury Health System into a central data warehouse. This helps the PHO to deliver analysis and insights that enable general practice teams to support the health of the people of Canterbury.  Nick joined Pegasus Health in 2015 after a previous career in the Air Force and more recently Data management and analysis roles within the Canterbury health sector.

ADHB healthcare AI strategy


Randall Britten, Head of Data Science, Health Information Technology (HIT), Auckland District Health Board


Randall Britten joined ADHB in November 2018 as head of data science, focussing on establishing ADHB’s nascent machine learning and deep learning based capability in artificial intelligence.


Previous to joining ADHB, he was a senior data scientist at Orion Health, working on precision health research using machine learning. He holds a BSc Honours in Applied Mathematics. Randall has over 25 years' experience developing advanced mathematical software and data systems, overseas and in New Zealand, including a medical device system with automated seizure detection, advanced bioengineering research modelling software and big data analytics systems.

Panel participant in Data governance stream


Rebecca George, Clinical Lead for Informatics in Allied Health, Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury DHB


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


As chair of the Allied Health National Data Collaborative and co-author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard she works towards connecting the Allied Health workforce with the value of informatics.  She is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Group (HISO), an elected board member of HiNZ and contributes to the leadership of Allied Health Informatics both locally and regionally.  She is involved in the use and development of emerging technology, devices and digital solutions that support clinical staff.  As well as the integration, collection, analysis and presentation of clinical data. For this work she was honoured to be a finalist in the ITX, IT Awards for Excellence in Digital Health 2018.


Advocating for Allied Health Informatics through which the development of robust data and information systems, that provide key insights and reflect the value of our services, is a key driver for Becky.

Presentation title coming soon


Rebecca Rodman, Director of Sales & Marketing ANZ, Personify Care


Rebecca Rodman has extensive experience in developing and implementing business development strategies. In her current role with Personify Care she is helping hospitals and clinics streamline their patient interactions to improve the patient experience, and to make significant commercial improvements within these clinical organisations.

Rebecca was awarded a first-class honours degree in Health Science from the University of Adelaide.

Technology Innovations coming to General Practice - Are we there yet?




What's coming down the pipeline?


Richard Medlicott, Medical Director, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners


Richard Medlicott is Medical Director for the RNZCGP, and a GP in Wellington. He has had a long interest in health IT and where general practice is going. He is a trustee of Tu Ora/Compass PHO

Embracing Digital Health in Primary Health Care


Sanjeewa Samaraweera, Chief Architect - ManageMyHealth, MedTech Global



We talk about this often…...So what are we doing about it?


Shayne Hunter, Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital, Ministry of Health


Shayne Hunter joined the Ministry of Health in March 2019 as the Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital.


Shayne has spent the last 19 years in the health and disability sector where he developed a strong a passion for information and technology enabled improvements for the system and for the health outcomes for individuals and our population.


His previous role was as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs where he was a member of the ELT for each district health board. He was also previously the chair of the Central Region DHB’s CIO group and the Chair of the Health Sector National IS Leaders Forum. Prior to his role as CIO, he was based at the Ministry and led a number of national initiatives in the area of medicines management.


Shayne started his career with IBM before leaving to establish a number of start-up business based on emerging technologies. From there he has held delivery and leadership roles in government and the private sector.



Update from Data Summit


Shayne Tong, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Auckland DHB


Shayne is currently the Chief Digital Officer at Auckland District Health Board, reporting into the Chief Executive. Shayne is responsible for providing strategic IT leadership and direction, leading high performance team, driving service delivery excellence and customer value, maintaining effective relationships with Auckland DHB senior leadership team, the Board and(sub)committees, and Northern Region DHB and healthAlliance to ensure successful delivery of services to ADHB and regional projects.


Shayne’s experience is a blend traditional IT and digital experience in both operational and large complex transformation delivery in global corporations in New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom.


Shayne has a deep understanding of emerging technologies and how other enterprises are employing them to drive digital business and how they may be applied to the enterprise to drive new digital business. He believes in strategic partnering, eco-systems and co-collaboration to achieve enterprise outcomes.


Shayne worked as the Chief Information Officer at Genesis Energy, was General Manager, Group Technology & Digital at Fletcher Building and has also held senior IT leadership positions at Barclays Group and Goldman Sachs in the United Kingdom.

Health sector data strategy and strengthening our data governance ecosystem


Simon Ross, Lead Data Steward, Ministry of Health


Simon has spent eight years (2009-2016) as manager of a Ministry of Health analytical team focussed on publishing and distributing data from the Ministry’s National Collections and managing the privacy aspects of sharing identifiable health information. In 2017 Simon moved into the role of Lead Data Steward for the Ministry of Heath focused on data governance and stewardship. This role takes a whole of organisation view of what the Ministry needs to do to manage its data as an asset to help improve health outcomes, while protecting the privacy and confidentiality interests of New Zealanders. A significant focus is on using various mechanisms to free up data held centrally to support the health sector to improve health outcomes.

Welcome to Symposium (Day 2)


Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury and West Coast DHB


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 also has a number of Executive Portfolios that include the Christchurch Health Precinct and Health Innovation (Via Innovations Executive Director). She also chairs the Executive Leadership Committee for the New Zealand Health Innovation Hub which is a partnership between the three biggest DHBs (Auckland Canterbury and Counties Manukau). The overarching purpose behind these areas of innovation is to accelerate smart ideas, products and services to improve health outcomes.


Stella is the commercial relationship manager for the Strategic Partnerships with Orion Health; Hewlett Packard and GE Healthcare. She is also a member of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Advisory Board. Stella 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.  She has held executive leadership roles in a number of DHBs.

The clinician on the bus: Driver, Conductor or Passenger?




The journey to Intelligence


Steven Parrish, Chief Information Officer, Taranaki DHB


Steven currently is the Chief Information Officer for Taranaki District Health Board and Regional CIO lead for the Midlands Region.  He has over 25 years of Healthcare experience including 18 years focus on digital technology.  With a clinical background (Registered Nurse) he has been instrumental in leading business transformation enabled by technology and believes the future lies in data driven decision making to enhance the clinical experience and impact positively of patient outcomes. 

Automated decisions in the health sector: giving time back to health professionals


Todd Nicholson, Owner and Principal Data Scientist, Nicholson Consulting


Todd brings over 15 years of experience delivering transparent, simple solutions to complex business problems. He is an expert in data mining health data and specialises in segmentation and predictive models that inform business decisions about individual people.  Todd has worked extensively in NZ's health system including over 10 years working for ACC, MoH and CCDHB.  Todd has built more of the operational algorithms used by the New Zealand government than any other individual and either built or reviewed over 20% of all the algorithms used.


Todd works proactively within businesses to ensure business experts learn about the analysis progressively and the analysts learn about the business problems at the same time. This is a large contributor to generating data insights that are useful and used.


Todd holds a PhD (Statistics) and Bachelor of Science with honours (Mathematics).


MCs for EVENT:

Ali Harper

Our MC for ETiH 2019 is the award-winning, multi-talented Ali Harper.  A professional actor, singer and stage performer, Ali has recently broadened her focus to include professional corporate MC services.


With a back-story across stage, theatre, film, TV, voice and more, Ali honed her speaking skills as a broadcaster during her time with Wellington’s Classic Hits, and is looking forward very much to joining delegates, sponsors, partners and supporters for Emerging Tech in Health 2019 as Master of Ceremonies.

Scott Arrol, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT)

Scott is a highly experienced leader and manager with a broad commercial, business development and governance background particularly in the New Zealand health sector. He has spent the past 16+ years at the forefront of significant growth and service delivery changes in both the home-based and aged residential care sectors along with other key areas of the primary health and early childhood education sectors.


Scott has held management roles in significant organisations including Healthcare of New Zealand, Radius Health and Kindercare. A member of the NZ Institute of Directors, Scott sits on the NZHIT Board.


From an academic perspective, Scott received a Master in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Waikato, has lectured in strategic management at the Waikato Business School and has been a management mentor for a number of years.

Kim Mundell, CEO, HiNZ


Kim Mundell was appointed HiNZ Chief Executive in May 2014. She was previously chief executive of a disability service provider, owner/publisher of Healthy Food Guide magazine, owner/event director of the Gluten Free Food & Allergy Shows and marketing director at The New Zealand Herald.


In addition to her work with HiNZ, Kim owns a consulting business, Mandeville Limited. Kim and her team of sub-contractors publish magazines for several not-for-profit organisations. In 2014 Kim was appointed as judge convenor for the annual Magazine Media Awards by the Magazine Publishers Association, a role she does under contract in June each year. She also does contract work as an executive coach for HFL Leadership.


Kim originally trained as a Registered Nurse, specialising in Operating Theatre nursing, before moving into the business world. She has a Diploma of Business from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from the University of Melbourne.

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