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Digital Transformation in the era of Covid-19 (the UK perspective)
5.30pm to 6.30pm, Thursday 7 May 2020

Hear from Richard Corbridge, UK health technology innovator. Corbridge was a hugely popular and engaging speaker at the HiNZ Conference 2018 and will give a UK perspective on digital transformation during the Covid crisis. He says innovation is happening at pace in the health sector and “disruption for good” is now the new normal. “Removing an easy ‘fall back’ into old ways is important for us to grasp now and in the medium-term future,” he says. “We have to protect the positives that have come from this crisis.”


Richard will give a presentation first, then Becky will facilitate an audience Q&A with Richard.


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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Becky George, HiNZ Board Chair.

Rich Corbridge

Director of Innovation, Boots UK


Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and digital technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for innovation, business change and benefits management. As a leader he insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to all technology implementation.

In 2019 he was appointed as the first Director of Innovation at Boots UK with a remit to deliver a transformed high street pharmacy and health and beauty experience for customers across the UK. The role also has accountability back to the wider Walgreens Boots Alliance for innovation across the group.

Prior to Boots he led Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing a ‘must do’ culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopted a digital fabric to how it delivered health care by 2019. Earlier in his career Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland. In the three years Richard was in Ireland he achieved many successes, including the implementation of a unique identifier for health, along with a fully digitized referral process. He put in place Irelands first clinical information officer’s council, whilst driving a team to begin the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally. He then went onto deliver the ability to implement a national lab system and oversaw the delivery of a national maternity health record.He was instrumental in the reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has subsequently seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team across Europe and globally. Ireland is a global leader in the genomic study of epilepsy due to Richard’s work with Future Neuro and the innovation and academic capability created by that group.

In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO from the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was also named the eGovernment Visionary of the year. In 2018 he was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak and was shortlisted by the British Computer Society as CIO of the year. In 2019 in recognition of his work in Ireland he was awarded the O’Moores medal for technology by the Irish Computer Society and Irish government, the highest accolade ever awarded to a digital health leader in Ireland. Richard has worked as a non-Executive director on a series of health start-ups assisting each to successful investment including Draper and Dash, Forward Healthcare and Silver Buck. He has also sat on the advisory board of HIMSS, The European Connected Health Alliance board, a founding member of the EU Commission’s Health Cloud and AI Council, the Information Security Forum’s Open Data working group and the global KLAS advisory board.

In 2019 Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron


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.

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