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eHealthNews Webinar

Spark Health Digital Innovation Programme – Projects with health outcomes
12.30pm to 1.30pm, Thursday 11 June 2020


Spark Health has announced the winners of its 2020 Digital Innovation Programme, this webinar focuses on why Spark Health is investing in digital innovation and how it has collaborated with the National Institute for Health Innovation to ensure the finalists can show evidence of improved health outcomes from the application of AI and Machine Learning.


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To watch video presentations by the winners, go to the Spark Health channel.


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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Rebecca McBeth, HiNZ News Editor.


Panel participants are:

  • Will Reedy, CEO, Spark Health
  • Jon Herries, Group Manager - Emerging Health Technology, Ministry of Health
  • Chris Bullen, Professor at the School of Population Health, The University of Auckland

Will Reedy
Spark Health


As Spark Health CEO I work in the Business and Consumer Clusters (exec team) to focus on Health and Life Sciences (Health, Disability, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Health Insurance). Health and Life Sciences is the first true industry vertical capability established in Spark.

In this role I am responsible for:

  • Leading New Zealand's largest digital health services provider
  • Delivering Spark Health and Wellness Vision and Strategy
  • Leading the Spark Health Squad in providing input into health and life science industry solutions across Spark Group
  • Supporting key customers on their digital transformation journey to deliver better health outcomes
  • Maintaining and developing key relationships with customers and partners
  • Providing strategic advice to key customers
  • Working with the Leadership Squad to consider acquisition and investment opportunities

I also continue to work as a doctor one day a week at Counties Manukau District Health Board.





Jon Herries
Group Manager - Emerging Health Technology
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.


Chris Bullen
Professor at the School of Population Health
The University of Auckland


Chris Bullen is a public health physician and Professor of Public Health at the University of Auckland, where he is director of NIHI (the National Institute for Health Innovation) and Deputy Head, School of Population Health. Over his 20 years as a health researcher Chris has maintained a focus on developing and evaluating pragmatic interventions tackling major health issues. Increasingly, his work has drawn him to digital media, with their huge potential to be a vehicle for the democratisation of health across a range of populations, areas and settings. Chris has recently been appointed as a Guest Professor by Tencent for his work on WeChat-based health initiatives in China. 


Webinar facilitator:


Rebecca McBeth
HiNZ News Editor


Rebecca McBeth joined the HiNZ team as editor of in January 2018. Rebecca was previously news editor at Digital Health Intelligence in London and prior to that, was the senior health reporter at The Christchurch Press, where she won a NZ Canon Media Award and a NZ Reporting Diversity award. Based in Auckland, she is committed to communicating news, experience and knowledge throughout New Zealand’s data and digital health sector.


How to connect to the webinar
  • This webinar is free for anyone to attend.
  • Register once for the series and get access to all webinars live and on-demand.

>> Watch on demand now <<


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