Harkness fellowship to study technology in rural healthcare for Opotiki GP

Bay of Plenty GP Emily Gill will head to the US to study the use of technology in rural healthcare after being awarded a Harkness fellowship in healthcare policy and practice by US-based non-profit the Commonwealth Fund.

The prestigious award is typically offered to just one New Zealander and one Australian per year.

Dr Gill is a GP at Te Kaha’s Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health Centre and Opotiki’s Whakatohea Health Centre and she plans to bring back her new knowledge and continue working in the local healthcare sector to improve primary care delivery.

She will be based in the US from September and plans to conduct research on the use of digital technology to engage communities in rural primary healthcare.

Whakatohea Maori Trust CEO Dickie Farrar said Dr Gill's research would contribute to the trust's aim to be a national and international showcase of innovative rural healthcare delivery.

Previous fellows include the University of Auckland's Sue Wells, who used her award to study the use of patient portals.

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