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eHealthNews Webinar


Technology to support organisational resilience – CDHB case study
12:30pm to 1:30pm, Friday 23rd October


This webinar will share how Canterbury District Health Board’s experience of the earthquakes informed its adoption of technology to provide better organisational resilience, and how it is now working with a range of partners to help other healthcare organisations share patient and community data, transform digitally and provide access to services.  COVID-19 was an excellent test of CDHB’s tech platforms and models (such as its M365 platform and use of Teams) and highlighted the need for even greater collaboration across NZ healthcare agencies and DHBs to accelerate tech transformation.

HiNZ would like to thank Microsoft for sponsoring this webinar

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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Rebecca George, HiNZ Chair.


Panel participants are:

  • Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Sharyn MacDonald, Chief of Radiology, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Sarah Berger, Nursing Director - Infection Prevention & Control Service, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Lynne Stephens, NZ Health Sector Lead, Microsoft NZ

Stella Ward

Chief Digital Officer

Canterbury District Health Board


Stella is responsible for implementing the Digital Strategy and leading the Information Services Group at CDHB. She provides strategic leadership to ensure current and future technology contributes to an integrated health system. She is also the executive lead for Via Innovations, a Canterbury DHB initiative to help innovators develop health technology, and holds the Christchurch Health Precinct executive portfolio.

Stella trained as a speech language therapist and has worked in Allied Health leadership roles including Canterbury DHB Executive Director of Allied Health and President of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association. She has held executive management positions in several DHBs, and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare.


Sharyn MacDonald
Chief of Radiology
Canterbury District Health Board


Sharyn is Chief of Radiology at CDHB. She completed her Radiology training in Christchurch, Auckland, London and Vancouver. Along with her subspecialty interest cardiothoracic imaging, she has a strong interest in adapting production planning processes to help Radiology services succeed, and in ensuring electronic solutions used in healthcare are intuitive, integrated and optimised to support efficient and safe work.




Sarah Berger
Nursing Director - Infection Prevention & Control Service
Canterbury District Health Board


Dr Sarah Berger is Nursing Director for the CDHB Infection Prevention & Control Service. She returned to Christchurch in 2019 after seven years working in an academic research and teaching role for the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research in the Medical Faculty at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Her particular expertise and special interest is in the field of interprofessional education and collaboration, which is an area of increasing relevance as the aging demographic in high income nations and the increasing numbers of people living with chronic disease call for improved collaboration and co-ordination of care by health professionals. Sarah is passionate about improving collaboration among members of health care teams in the interest of patient safety and improved outcomes.



Lynne Stephens
NZ Health Sector Lead
Microsoft NZ


Lynne is the current NZ Health Sector Lead at Microsoft NZ. Lynne is a well sought-after Senior Executive in the New Zealand IT Industry. While Lynne has been employed at Microsoft for over nine years, she has worked across a number of industries including Enterprise Commercial, Public Sector, SMB and partner.


Webinar facilitator:


Becky George

HiNZ Board Chair


I am passionate about advocating for Allied Health Professions across the health and disability system, particularly within digital health and innovations.  As models of care evolve we need to ensure that we the patient remains the focus in all perspectives of implementation.  I am currently a Doctoral candidate, undertaking a DHSc in Allied Health leadership and continue to work regionally and nationally, consulting on a number of digital health projects.  As a registered Occupational Therapist and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, I am also the elected chair of the Health Informatics New Zealand board of directors and chair of the Allied Health National Informatics Group. I am co author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard and am on the Advisory Panel for the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network. As a member of HISO, the MoH’s Health Informations Standards group and of the Sector Advisory Panel for the National Health Information Platform, I am committed to ensuring good governance for digital health is in place.  I was honoured to be a finalist in the ITx, IT Awards for Excellence in Digital Health 2018, and last year was awarded the inaugural Clinical Informatics Leadership Award 2019 recognising achievements of a clinician working in Digital health in New Zealand.


How to connect to the webinar
  • This webinar is free for anyone to attend.
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