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eHealthNews Webinar


Digital Hospitals: stories from South Island DHBs
12.30pm to 1.30pm, Thursday 28 May 2020


Clinical and digital leaders from Southern, Canterbury and Nelson Marlborough DHBs present and answer questions about their digital transformation journeys.


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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Rebecca McBeth, HiNZ News Editor.


Panel participants are:

  • Chris Rumball, Clinical Lead, Sense Medical
  • Saxon Connor, e-clinical Health Lead, Canterbury DHB
  • Mike Collins, Executive Director People Culture and Technology, Southern DHB
  • Bev Nicolls, Clinical Director Information Systems, Nelson Marlborough DHB
  • Lisa Livingstone, Registered Nurse, Nelson Marlborough DHB



Chris Rumball
Clinical Lead
Sense Medical


Chris is the Clinical Lead for Sense Medical, and is a practising Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Specialist in Occupational & Environmental Medicine based in Christchurch at Australis Medical, where is Director.  He has been involved in the design and deployment of Cortex at CDHB since 2013, and has a particular interest in technology to support interdisciplinary team management of complex cases.  His research background is in the developmental origin of health and disease, and he is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago in pain medicine. He is also a member of the New Zealand National Committee of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.




Saxon Connor
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 an Editor of HPB and a member of the editorial boards of the World Journal of Surgery (2006-2019) and British Journal of Surgery (2005-). He has been on APHPBA council (2012-2019), the research committee of the IHPBA (2012-2020) and board of ANZHPBA (2019-). He is an e-tutor for HPB module of the University of Edinburgh online ChM programme. He has published over 125 articles including, book chapters and videos.



Mike Collins
Executive Director People Culture and Technology
Southern DHB


Mikes purpose statement - “Inspiring Self Belief in Others; Enabling Transformational Change and Fulfilment” 
 Mike Collins is the Executive Director People, Culture and Technology at the Southern District Health Board.  Previously Mike was the Director of the Learning Environment and the Director of Service Excellence at Otago Polytechnic with a passion for creating dynamic working environments and believes in a team culture aligned to values.

 Mike believes a successful organisation requires a clear strategy with innovative aspirations supported by people working within an empowering culture where staff own and enable the business values. One of the keys to success is to form a highly effective team by promoting efficient and transparent communications, focusing on the customer at the center of all decisions, creating a fun and enjoyable work environment and providing an on-going investment into staff education, knowledge transfer and mentoring.

‘Positive transformational change is possible, dream big, believe in yourself and the collective intelligence of those around you and anything is possible’ 



Bev Nicolls
Clinical Director Information Systems
Nelson Marlborough DHB

I’ve been CD IS(part-time) since 2013 and am a GP by trade.  I’ve been involved with clinical IT since 1994, driving collection and use of data in GP systems in a way that is ‘painless’ for my GP colleagues!  I’m now applying those principles to my secondary care colleagues.

I’m passionate about the opportunities that Digital Health is increasingly offering and have been busy during the ‘COVID-days’ making the most of a number of opportunities to push faster with some key initiatives.  I am relentlessly optimistic about our progress towards the tipping-point of a truly digital health system that benefits clinicians and patients  through smarter ways of working then generating decision support back to the coalface via the data collected.



Lisa Livingstone
Registered Nurse, Nelson Marlborough DHB


Lisa Livingstone, RN currently Clinical Lead IT Projects at NMH a role I have been in for the past 2 ½ years.  I have previously held a number of nursing management roles in New Zealand and Australia during my 17 year nursing career.  I have been the project manager for the implementation of Patientrack, Smartpage and Telehealth within NMH.  I see my role as a translator between technical and clinical and my aim in this role is to give back time to clinicians and create an integrated and data driven informatics system.


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
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