HiNZ co-hosting cloud in health symposium ahead of NZ's largest eHealth event

Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) is co-hosting a one-day symposium with New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) focused on addressing myths about the adoption and use of cloud-based services in the country's health sector.

The Cloud in Health Symposium, being held on August 31 at Spark City in Auckland, will cover the fundamentals of the cloud in health,, cloud in practice – with examples of cloud-based services being implemented – and how to use the cloud to innovate.

Speakers will represent the public and private health sectors, and government.

HiNZ is also gearing up for what will be New Zealand's largest ever digital health event, combining four conferences in one week at Skycity Convention Centre in Auckland in November.

HiNZ has got together with the Australasian Telehealth Society, the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health and Nurse Executives NZ to hold the annual HiNZ Conference and the NZ Nursing Informatics Conference concurrently with the Global Telehealth conference and the Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference.

It is the first time the latter two international events have been held in New Zealand and HiNZ is expecting over 1000 delegates, who once registered can attend any of the four conference sessions.

The conference will be opened by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and closed by NZ's Director-General of Health, Chai Chuah. The lead plenary speech will be given by former NHS England CEO and UK Department of Health permanent secretary Nigel Crisp.

“Bringing together these four prestigious events for the first time will provide New Zealand digital health professionals with a unique opportunity to network with global experts in one convenient location,” HiNZ CEO Kim Mundell said.

The winners of the annual Clinicians' Challenge will also be announced at the HiNZ conference. The competition has two categories – for a new idea yet to be developed, and an innovative system or solution already in place that’s having a positive effect on patient care.

Last year’s winner in the active project category, the oDocs Eye Care initiative, can be used on a smartphone to diagnose people with sight-threatening conditions. It has now been successfully released commercially and makes basic ophthalmology services accessible and affordable to people living in remote areas.

The winner in each category will receive a grant of $8000.

The challenge is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and HiNZ. Entries can be submitted at www.hinz.org.nz until September 12.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

Tags: HiNZ, NZHIT, Clinicians' Challenge, Chai Chuah, Jonathan Coleman

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