HiNZ goes big for collaborative conferences in 2016

Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) is one of 12 organisations coming together to stage a massive collaborative tech sector conference in Wellington next July.

ITx 2016 is thought to be the largest independent tech-related conference in New Zealand in many years, with more than 1200 delegates expected over three days. The organisers, the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP), said it is also likely to be the largest collaboration that the tech sector has ever seen in New Zealand.

HiNZ has also joined forces with the Australasian Telehealth Society and the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health to hold three conferences in one week in Auckland in November, involving HiNZ 2016, Successes & Failures in Telehealth (SFT-16) and Global Telehealth (GT 2016).

ITx 2016 is aimed at those working in the software and IT industry, and in addition to health IT, will focus on testing, tech education, agile, communications, innovation and the internet, IT project management, professional practice, open source, exporting and commercialisation.

IITP CEO Paul Matthews said the ITx concept was born from a three-conference collaboration in 2014 and the model of bringing the wider tech community together while maintaining specialisations had been successful.

HiNZ CEO Kim Mundell said ITx was a great opportunity for those involved in health IT to get together to hear about the latest in both health informatics and the sector as a whole. "This is the best of both worlds,” Ms Mundell said.

ITx 2016 will be held at Wellington's TSB Arena and Shed 6 complex from July 11 to 13.

HiNZ 2016, SFT-16 and GT 2016 will be held from October 31 to November 4 2016 at Skycity Convention Centre in Auckland.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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