HealthTech Week 2017
Programme - HealthTech Plenary Day - Monday 19 June


Registration Open                                                                                                                                               Levene Foyer

Exhibition Open and Welcome Refreshments                                                                                                                     Upper NZI


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Chandra Selvadurai, CEO Pharmaco & Chair, MTANZ Board
Professor Peter Hunter, Co-Chair, CMDT

                           Lower NZI


Keynote Addresses from International Speakers
Invited speakers will update and comment on the NZ Health Strategy and the future of Healthcare. Highlights of disruptive technology and how they may be integrated into the health system and the challenges being faced to introduce new means of delivering healthcare. 


Introduction by Master of Ceremonies
Dr Michelle Dickinson, Conference Moderator, aka NanoGirl


Exponential Healthcare
Dr Michael Gillam, CEO HealthLabs, Health Data Innovations Scholar, MedStar Institutes for Innovation, Singularity University, Healthcare Faculty, San Francisco, USA


Innovation in the NZ Health Strategy
Chai Chuah, Director General, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ


Business Success through Innovative Technology
Chris Hartshorn, Chief Technology Officer, Callaghan Innovation, Auckland, NZ


Morning Tea and Exhibitor Networking                                                                                                                                      Upper NZI

Innovation is vital to delivering healthcare efficiencies and improving patients’ outcomes
Speakers will outline, with examples, how Innovation must be rapidly integrated into the health system to gain the most benefits. How can a hospital decide what is best value and who measures the patient outcomes? What is New Zealand doing to support introduction of innovation?


Accelerating the Introduction of Innovation into Hospitals
Dr Peyvand Khaleghian, Managing Partner, Avicenna Partners Investment Company LLC, United Arab Emirates


The Innovation Ecosystem
Simon Malpas, Chief Scientist and Director, The University of Auckland and Millar Inc, Auckland, NZ


Overview of the Benefits (& Limitations) of Joint Replacement Registry Data Collection in NZ and Worldwide
Mr Simon Young, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Auckland, NZ


Lunch and Exhibitor Networking                                                                                                                                                      Upper NZI

Digital Doctors; a new paradigm for healthcare professionals
Robotic surgery, artificial intelligence and digital self-management for patients all have consequences for the role of healthcare professionals. Clinicians will discuss the implications of these new technological innovations on healthcare professionals and how they are utilising them in their practices.


Digital Doctor Panel

  • Introduction Professor John Windsor
  • Clinical decision support, including AI; Dr Manoj Patel, Director of Clinical Innovation, Healthcare Holdings Ltd, Auckland, NZ
  • Simulation for Training; Scott Diener, Senior Digital Strategy Manager, Office of the Chief Digital Officer, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • Digital Hospital; Dr Johan Van Schalkwyk, Specialist Adult Perioperative Physician, Auckland DHB, Auckland, NZ
  • Using Big Data to Make a Difference; Professor Cristin Print, Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ
  • Panel Discussion;  Chair: Professor John Windsor

When Tech Is Not About Tech
Innovation is a human principle - that results in great technology. We’re making a mistake if we think innovation=technology. First and foremost - we’ve got to know how to teach ourselves, employees and contractors how to innovate. This session will focus on the basics of innovation leadership - customised for the needs of HealthTech Week attendees..


Jeremy Suisted, Innovation Consultant, Creativate, Auckland, NZ


Afternoon Tea and Exhibitor Networking                                                                                                                                  Upper NZI

Patient Perspectives
Healthcare users will talk about their personal experiences with medical technology and the implications of changing technology on their quality of life. What is important to the patient to enable them to engage in a fulfilling and productive life


Patient Perspectives
Ronelle Baker
Jack Hailstone

Political Panel
It is election year and a panel of healthcare spokespersons from the major parties are invited to discuss their perspective on the importance of innovation, implementing the health strategy and their understanding of Value Based Health Care.


Panel Discussion – Political Panel
Facilitator: Rod Oram

Dr David Clark, MP for Dunedin North, Spokesperson on Health, Labour Party, NZ
Julie Anne Genter, MP, Spokesperson for Health, Green Party of Aotearoa, NZ
George Ngatai, Māori Party, Aotearoa, NZ
NZ First Representative



Summary of the Day


MedTech Fair & Welcome Reception                                                                                                                Upper NZI


James & Wells
Medical Technology Association of New Zealand
Innovation Award & Gala Dinner
The Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Guest Speaker - Professor Bruce Twaddle, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Auckland, NZ

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 Please note this is a preliminary programme and is subject to change.