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BOARD CHAIR - Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca is a consultant rheumatologist at the Wellington Regional Rheumatology Unit (Hutt Valley DHB) and a senior lecturer at University of Otago, Wellington, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she is also Associate Dean of Medical Education.   A University of Otago medical graduate, she undertook rheumatology training in Melbourne and her PhD examined inflammatory mechanisms in gout. 

Rebecca’s clinical work focuses on assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis.  She is passionate about patient-focused care and engaging with colleagues in primary and secondary care to provide the highest quality collaborative care for people with arthritis.   She is a member of the Clinical User Group at Hutt Hospital, working with the Information Technology team to optimise IT solutions for clinicians.  Rebecca’s academic interests include outcome measures, non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disease, use of information technology solutions to optimise care for people with chronic rheumatic diseases and for use in medical education.  

Rebecca is the Chair of the Board of Health Informatics New Zealand and a Trustee for Health Navigator, a national web-site for New Zealanders to get trusted health information. 

BOARD MEMBER - Elizabeth Berryman

I have been involved with HiNZ since 2015 when I attended the HiNZ conference in Christchurch. It was an incredibly inspiring and enriching time that really ignited my passion for health technology. In my role as New Zealand Medical Students’ President, we established a partnership with HiNZ and have greatly benefited from this.


I have a keen interest in health systems and, in particular, how technology can enable better efficiency and outcomes for patients. I have been the principal investigator in a University of Otago research project using smartphone Apps to measure well-being and mental health.


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, co-founding a construction business with my husband. We also work closely with Habitat for Humanity in disaster response and Pacific Island housing development.


I am currently on the New Zealand Medical Association board, Chair of the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund, and on the board of Howick Baptist Healthcare and Stevenson Village Trust. 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 December this year, I will have finished my undergraduate medical training and I have accepted an offer for employment as a house officer at Waitemata DHB.


HiNZ is perfectly poised to show leadership in the rapidly growing area that is health technology and enables a platform where we can share ideas, learn from each other, and work together on issues. As a board member, setting a strategy for the organization to continue to achieve this would be a great privilege.

BOARD MEMBER - Nathan Billing

Nathan Billing is a Business Analyst at Auckland District Health Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, and has over 12 years clinical experience.


He has served within a wide range of medical and surgical dietetic specialities both in community and acute care settings, across three continents. He is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and part time lecturer at Massey University.


Nathan has been an active member of the HINZ board since 2011 and has contributed to many initiatives to enable HINZ’s transformation. He was re-elected last year and is committed to enhancing the services provided by HINZ to help front line clinical staff build on the capability of health informatics within New Zealand.


I am the CEO of Auckland Eye Ltd, a certified health informatician for Australasia, a registered nurse and e Health consultant.


I am passionate about health informatics and e Health having recently been the General Manager at Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital: St Stephens Hospital, which opened in Hervey Bay, Queensland in October 2014 and achieved HIMSS Level 6 in November 2014. This was a thrilling project to be part of with a fully functioning EMR and closed loop medication management system. I have worked in both public and private sectors so have a good understanding of the challenges within each sector.


My career experience includes clinical informatics, e-Health, digital integration, leadership, clinical care, operational management, systems improvement, culture development and change management. My governance experience includes time serving on the inaugural board of Partnership Health PHO, The Rock Church Board and more recently on the HiNZ Board as an appointed member. I am also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


I am completely inspired by what is possible with health informatics and am keen to see the work of HiNZ succeed and would consider it a privilege to continue my work on the board of HiNZ.


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 dream began when I was a disability rights activist in South Africa in the 1980s and 90s, when we began to change the world. My dream is now about giving a health informatics voice to people living with long term health issues. To achieve this dream, we need to build a health informatics competent workforce, turn the doctors' and nurses' computers to face their patients, and leverage technologies to deliver care where it counts – in our patients’ space, where amazing healthy things can happen.



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.

BOARD MEMBER- Rebecca George

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.

BOARD MEMBER- Michael Sheehan

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, Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Spark New Zealand, amongst others, across a range of technology, data, governance, business and process challenges. I currently sit on the board of Hospice West Auckland and am managing the Regional Health Informatics Project for Hawkes Bay DHB, moving HBDHB on to a region wide clinical solution.


The interplay between the advancing of technology, 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 can we protecting the patient experience and confidentiality while delivering the benefits of a rapidly evolving health care model is paramount.vital.? With no simple answer to the multiple and complex issues of complexity in this space, though I would like to believe think the application of my technical, business, health and governance experience can contribute, guide and inform the progress of Health Informatics New Zealand.

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