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NZ’s Largest Digital Health Event Announced

NZ’s Largest Digital Health Event Announced– new brand & bigger offering

New Zealand’s largest digital health event is the key feature of a newly-named Digital Health Week NZ.

The HiNZ annual conference, being held in November, is renowned for its high-calibre international experts and local leaders, and has grown from 300 attendees to 1,200 in only five years.

This year it falls under the new umbrella of Digital Health Week NZ (DHWNZ), and will also include new workshops, networking forums, 150 speakers and 95 exhibitors.

HiNZ is also hosting the Emerging Tech in Health Symposium (ETIH) this week, an official Techweek19 event.

A leader in this field, Rebecca George, HiNZ board member says: “HiNZ’s mission is to link a diverse group of professionals across the heath and IT sectors, and having ETIH as our mid-year conference and the HiNZ conference during Digital Health Week NZ in November, offers health professionals an opportunity to learn and network before and after the busy winter flu season when many clinicians are unable to take time off for conferences.

“Digital health is a hot topic in New Zealand and it is critical that the different professionals within the health IT sector are brought together to collaborate, network, solve problems in the ecosystem – this will ultimately benefit New Zealand patients.” [image attached]

HiNZ members include health sector managers, clinicians, IT experts, industry managers, academics, students and government personnel.

“The speaker schedule is shaping up to be the best yet, the topics are diverse, and we have some outstanding international experts to complement the local talent across all aspects of digital health,” George, Clinical Lead for Informatics, Allied Health services at Christchurch Hospital, says.

Keynote speakers include:

Shayne Hunter - Ministry of Health Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital

Hunter started his career with IBM, established start-up businesses on emerging technologies and has spent the past 19 years in the health and disability sector. His previous role was CIO for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs.

Professor Elizabeth Borycki, RN, PhD, FIAHIS, FACMI, FCAHS, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Professor Borycki was voted one of the Top 10 Women in Digital Health Canada (2018) and the Top 100 Health Sciences Informatics Professionals globally, by the International Medical Informatics Association (2017). She has published more than 200 articles and 40 book chapters, and edited 10 books.

Dr Jeff Ayton, MBBS, MPH&TM, FACRRM, FFEWM, AFFTM, DRANZCOG, DA (UK), Chief Medical Officer, Australian Antarctic Division

Chair of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s Rural and Remote Digital Innovations Group, Dr Ayton is the Australian delegate of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research Life Sciences Scientific Group – which develops best practices for health care management and scientific research in Antarctica.

Professor Martin Connor, Founder & CEO, Health Logic, Australia

Professor Connor has delivered large-scale national and regional programmes focused on hospital performance and held senior academic, executive and strategic management positions in the UK, Republic of Ireland, US and Australia, and is a thought-leader in healthcare innovation, having been published in the British Medical Journal and Social Science and Medicine.

About DHWNZ Conference:

• Digital Health Week NZ (DHWNZ) is the largest digital health event in New Zealand.

• Held at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton from November 18-22, it involves:

o 150 speakers

o 95 exhibitors

o 1,200 delegates

• Tickets for DHWNZ 2019 go on sale on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

• Super saver registration closes on July 31, 2019

• For more information go to


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