SkyCity played host to a premier healthcare event in early November when HiNZ joined forces with Global Telehealth, Successes and Failures in Telehealth and the NZ Nursing Informatics Conference delivering four concurrent conferences over a three day period. With over 220 speakers from 14 countries, delegates were presented with a unique opportunity where registration for any of the conferences allowed them access to any session across all four.
Opening the conference, The Hon. Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, delivered the ministry’s Digital Health 2020 strategy, reaffirming the government’s intention to implement a single electronic health record (EHR) to ensure improved health outcomes, productivity and quality patient care across the NZ health system.
The digital health message was reinforced by the conference’s next keynote speaker, Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. Lord Crisp spoke of the importance for cooperation and collaboration in health IT and how a healthy society needs a modern healthcare system that is patient-centric and digitally enabled.
Sysmex New Zealand staff were kept busy on the exhibition stand throughout the conference, demonstrating Eclair and the Eclair Touch portfolio, which has been designed to support clinical workflow by providing healthcare professionals access to relevant patient and clinical information anytime, anywhere. The three day conference also offered staff the chance to update delegates on Sysmex’s role in NZ Health Inc., and how the group is working together to open up their applications and create an authentic collaborative environment.
The conference also gave the three finalists of the 2016 Sysmex Award for Health Informatics – Kyle Frank, Frances Toohey and Daniel Surkalim – a great opportunity to showcase their business cases for a healthcare innovation that would add value to the proposed national single EHR to conference delegates. Daniel was announced as the winner of this year’s Sysmex Award and presented with his prize by Scott Arrol, CEO of New Zealand Health, Information and Technology (NZHIT).
The HiNZ conference will return to its original format next year and will be held at Energy Events Centre, Rotorua in early November. Sysmex is looking forward to continuing their support of HiNZ at the event and we hope to see you there.