Acting CTO Giles Southwell headlines HiNZ event at ITx 2016

Acting chief technology and digital services officer at the Ministry of Health Giles Southwell will headline the one-day Health Informatics New Zealand event at ITx 2016 in July, one of eight different conferences that make up New Zealand's conference of IT.

Mr Southwell, who has been seconded to the ministry from Internal Revenue where he is chief financial officer, will discuss the recently released NZ Health Strategy.

Mr Southwell, who is also acting chief technology officer for Inland Revenue, said that not having a health or technology background gave him “a fresh set of eyes” as the government sets out to “bring significant technology-enabled changed to the health system”.

Also on the program is David Hay, product strategist with Orion Health and chair of HL7 NZ, who will discuss using the new FHIR standard as the API for the NZ's planned electronic health record.

He will be joined by Ian England, CEO of Acurity Hospitals and president of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association, who will discuss IT innovation in the private hospital sector; and Shayne Hunter, CIO of the Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa district health boards, who will discuss health IT implementation in DHBs.

Mitchell Pham, director of Augen Software Group and HiNZ board member, will discuss the opportunity for IT in enabling health innovation.

The ITx conference is being held at the TSB Arena in Wellington from July 11 to 13. The HiNZ event is on July 11. See http://itx.nz/ for more information.

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