Technology-enabled healthcare on show at HealthTech Week

Wearables, implantables, robotics and diagnostics will be on show this week at the sixth NZ Healthcare Congress, being held in Auckland on June 21 and 22.

Hosted by the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand and NZ Health IT, the congress is part of HealthTech Week, which is run in collaboration with the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT).

MTANZ CEO Faye Sumner said New Zealand has a thriving healthcare technology industry with exports totalling $1.3 billion in 2015. Some of the most prominent local companies include ARANZ Medical, which has developed a wound-measuring and monitoring system; Adherium, which has developed the SmartInhaler device; and Pacific Edge, which has a cancer diagnostics system.

“Smart technology is being hailed as the 4th industrial revolution and it is already [having an effect on] healthcare delivery,” Ms Sumner said. “NZ importers and exporters are poised to take advantage of the increasing world demand for innovative medical devices.”

The two organising bodies will also present the MTANZ and NZHIT Innovation Awards 2016 at the congress on June 21.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Ministry of Health director-general Chai Chuah will attend. The results of the latest health technology industry review will be revealed on June 22.

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