Collaboration key to New Zealand’s Health IT future

Orion Health’s cloud based software recognised by AWS  

The New Zealand health IT sector is extremely collaborative and together it can create solutions that will not only assist healthcare delivery locally, and potentially lead the way internationally.

That’s according to Orion Health General Manager Kate Reid, who says the company has its largest programme planned for this years HiNZ conference - New Zealand’s preeminent Health IT conference. Starting today in Auckland, HiNZ will host more than 1000 delegates across four conferences over the next three days at the Sky City Convention Centre.

Ms Reid says the high attendance reflects the huge transformation currently underway in the healthcare sector.

“Healthcare is undergoing immense change globally, and New Zealand is at the forefront of a new approach to business led investment in health IT,”Ms Reid says.

“Technology is enabling improvements in many of the issues in healthcare that are often seen as intractable, such as the massive amounts of waste in healthcare dollars” Ms Reid says.

Ms Reid cites the Precision Driven Health (PDH) initiative as a fantastic example of collaboration. The seven-year, NZ$38m private-public partnership aimed at improving health outcomes through data science, has quickly established itself in the academic and health provider community. It has received over 70 research proposals, with the first two projects already given the green light.

At the HiNZ conference, Orion Health’s Kevin Ross will provide an update on the PDH initiative and Dr Kathryn Hempstalk, a senior data scientist who has been working with PDH, will present her paper on Improving Readmission Risk Using Machine Learning. 

The recent announcement of NZ Health Inc. also speaks to this collaboration. Earlier this year NZ Health Inc. was announced as a groundbreaking initiative that brings together over 30 of New Zealand’s leading health IT providers to collaborate and create a strong national health IT grouping that will improve the health of millions of New Zealanders. 

Scott Arrol, CEO of NZHIT has previously stated “This is an exciting time for the New Zealand health sector. A strong industry-led collaboration, and an interoperable landscape, are integral components in supporting the development of a world-leading health system. It will help to showcase how NZ organisations, and our partners on the international stage, can work together towards enabling improved health outcomes for New Zealanders.”

There will be a number of other topics presented from Orion Health representatives and their customers at HiNZ which will include discussions on patient engagement, nursing assessments, and the new standard FHIR®. Along with dialogue on the importance of building open data platforms based on modern and scalable technology.

Ms Reid says the company has recently received a relatively scarce ‘well architected framework’ designation from Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its cloud based software.

“We are delighted to have received this recognition by AWS which is an endorsement of our product roadmap, she says. “This is positive validation that our technology has been well designed and built for the future, enabling us to deliver better outcomes for our customers globally.”  

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