Wearable or implantable smart devices, robotics and artificial organs
using living cells could all be part of New Zealand’s healthcare future – and some
of this technology is NZ-made.
Around 300 leading health sector figures from New Zealand and overseas
will meet in Auckland next week to discuss how best to take advantage of
technology-enabled healthcare to improve patient health outcomes, drive
efficiencies and improve equity of access.
The Medical Technology
Association of New Zealand and NZ Health IT are hosting the sixth NZ Healthcare
Congress “Technology Enabled Healthcare” on June 21 and 22. The NZ Healthcare Congress is part of the HealthTech Week, which is run in
collaboration with the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT).
“Increasing demands from an ageing and growing population and the rise
in such chronic diseases such as diabetes, respiratory disease and cancer will
only increase pressures on our healthcare system. We have a new Ministry of
Health New Zealand Health
Strategy – and with better use of medical technology we will be able to support
implementing the Ministry’s strategic
goals,” comments MTANZ chief executive Faye Sumner.
Sumner says New Zealand already has a thriving healthcare technology
industry with exports totalling $1.3 billion in 2015.
“Smart technology is being hailed as the 4th industrial
revolution and it is already impacting healthcare delivery. NZ importers and
exporters are poised to take advantage of the increasing world demand for
innovative medical devices,” she says.
She says the ARANZ Medical wound-measuring
and monitoring system, the Adherium smart inhaler, and Pacific Edge’s cancer diagnostics systems
are just a few examples of locally-developed, innovative technologies that are
transforming healthcare and improving outcomes for patients.
New Zealand’s most innovative healthcare technologies will be
highlighted at the Healthcare Congress when the MTANZ and NZHIT Innovation
Awards 2016 are presented on June 21.
at the Healthcare Congress are:
Associate Professor Scott Wallace of the Dell School of Medicine,
University of Texas at Austin, USA. Prof
Wallace is a leading world expert on value-based healthcare, developing systems
to deliver better service to patients and to help manage chronic conditions.
Dr Michael S. Weiner, chief
medical information officer of IBM Healthcare.
Dr Weiner will deliver a presentation on cognitive health – cognitive systems that understand, reason and learn
are helping people expand their knowledge base, improve their productivity and
deepen their expertise. Cognitive computing, enables users to see health data
that was previously hidden, and do more than previously thought possible.
Christopher L. White, senior executive vice-president of the Advanced
Medical Technology Association (Advamed) in the US. Mr White will speak on Global
Trends for Code of Business Ethics for the Medical Technology Industry.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be a
number of local speakers including the Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman and
the director-general of the Ministry of Health, Dr Chai Chuah. The results of the latest health technology
industry review will be revealed on June 22 at the Congress.
Editor’s note: Media passes for the Healthcare
Congress are available. Please contact
Brenda Saunders on 021 777 171 or email email@example.com The
Healthcare Congress is being held at the Langham Hotel, Symonds Street,
The Medical Technology Association of New
Zealand (MTANZ) is the national association representing companies in the medical
technology industry. MTANZ aims to ensure the benefits of modern, innovative
and reliable medical technology is delivered to the community for a healthier
Media contact: Faye Sumner, CEO Medical
Technology Association of NZ (09) 917 3645 or 021 899 112.