Waikato to show off SmartHealth after five

Waikato District Health Board, the NZ Telehealth Forum and Spark are holding an after five event at WINTEC on March 21 to demonstrated the region's virtual health care capabilities.

Waikato DHB has pioneered the integration of virtual technologies with acute care provision in New Zealand, launching a virtual DHB initiative, later renamed SmartHealth, in association with US telehealth platform HealthTap and with the support of Spark, in May last year.

It has since extended the service to provide a free after-hours GP service for rural patients, video consults for dialysis patients and is also using SmartHealth in the fight against rheumatic heart disease.

Speakers at the WINTEC event include Darren Douglas, deputy chief technology and digital services officer eHealth at the Ministry of Health, who will discuss the future of virtual healthcare at MOH, and Bay of Plenty DHB's chief medical information officer Matt Valentine.

Waikato DHB clinical director of virtual healthcare and deputy chair of the NZ Telehealth Forum Ruth Large and Waikato's telehealth coordinator Denise Irvine will also present, as will Waikato DHB CEO Nigel Murray and nephrologist Kannaiyan Rabindranath, who will provide a demonstration of SmartHealth.

The event is free and is being held on Tuesday, March 21 at the WINTEC Atrium in Hamilton.

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