NZHIT News - 11 September 2018



11th September 2018


Notice of NZHIT AGM and Board Elections
Annual General Meeting
The AGM is being held on Thursday the 22nd of November from 7:45am to 8:45am at the TSB Arena & Shed 6, Room 7, Level 1, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington.  This year, we’re holding the AGM during the HiNZ Conference as many NZHIT members will be in attendance.
NZHIT Board elections
Are you interested in putting yourself forward for election to the NZHIT Board?
As per our constitution the NZHIT Board consists of six elected members who serve a two-year term with fifty percent having their term fall due at the AGM each year. Hence, there are three positions becoming vacant as at the AGM on the 22nd of November 2018. 

This is advance notice that nominations for the NZHIT Board will open on Monday the 17th of September.  If interested, you are welcome to make contact with the NZHIT CEO (Scott Arrol – or 021-414631) if you have any queries.

The Board role is undertaken on a voluntary basis and it’s an opportunity to contribute at the governance level of the NZHIT network and also make a wider contribution to the advancement of healthcare and social services in New Zealand.  To be eligible for nomination each person must be an employee or agent of a member entity (an organisation or individual that meets NZHIT membership criteria) and must be authorised by that member entity to put themselves forward for nomination. 

Once nominations are received there will be a voting process undertaken and the successful nominees will be announced at the AGM on the 22nd of November.

In accordance with governance best practice, the NZHIT Board has recently developed its Board Diversity Policy here.  This policy establishes NZHIT’s support of the principles of diversity on its Board and the methods by which it will endeavour to meet these principles whilst ensuring Board members are appointed on merit, so the goals and objectives of the organisation are met on behalf of its members.
Obviously, this policy is important when considering the composition of the NZHIT Board and also to provide guidance for anyone considering putting themselves forward for election to the Board.

NZHIT has been receiving an increasing amount of feedback from members about the challenges being faced during health IT related tendering and contracting processes.  As a result, in July 2018 we undertook a survey of members to obtain a gauge on the extent of the challenges and to inform the actions that NZHIT could take on behalf of its membership.  Click here for a summary of the survey results. 

As a part of our response to the above survey findings Scott will be attending the above workshop being held in Wellington on the 12th of September.  This is an opportunity to engage with Government agencies, DIA and MBIE in particular, as well as other tech industry leaders to discuss the challenges and solutions when it comes to technology procurement in the public sector.

You can access a copy of the agenda here and Scott will provide further updates and information following the workshop. 
Health Tech Sector Report
The NZHIT Board has decided to commission the development of a strategic level report for the New Zealand health technology sector.  Whilst not intended to be an exhaustive description of the current and future state of healthcare; it is expected to describe an aspirational vision for healthcare delivery, the importance of technology as an enabler and the associated opportunities it creates and challenges to be addressed.
Developed along similar lines to the recently released AI Forum report, the health tech sector report will utilise the Living Standards Framework as the basis for describing how health technologies can contribute to intergenerational wellbeing across all of “The Four Capitals”.

This report will be a significant piece of work that will support NZHIT member’s leadership role in the health sector.  It will provide a consistent message for the health technology sector that demonstrates the collective support and commitment for NZHIT’s vision statement to “enable a healthier New Zealand”. 
More detailed information will soon be provided as we will obviously be looking for member’s support to invest in the reports development.
This has been a widely publicised matter and the recently released findings of the Privacy Commissioner and related NZ Doctor news story can be accessed here.
Digital mental health or eMental health has to play an integral part in the response to the mental  health and suicide crisis in this country.
New Zealand’s suicide statistics released last week provide sobering and alarming reading. I cannot stop thinking about the 668 individuals in New Zealand who took their own lives in the past year and the families, friends and communities so deeply affected. Of the total number, 71 per cent were male, 20 per cent were young people aged 10–24 and 21 per cent were Māori.  Click here.

The number of ongoing eOrder projects is growing in New Zealand with the announcement of two new projects this quarter. 

Counties Manukau Expand Electronic Lab Orders Pilot at Middlemore
Counties Manukau Health are expanding their successful electronic hospital lab orders pilot to include HL7 lab order messages between Eclair and the Delphic LIS and the implementation of the Eclair Collection Management module. Click here.
Counties Manukau Health and Waitemata District Health Board have signed up to be the first customers to upgrade to Delphic V10. The implementation is expected to kick-off later in the year once the new hardware configuration for the two DHBs has been finalised.

Click here to find the paper titled “Connecting Rural New Zealand. Insights from the 2018 Rural Connectivity Symposium”.
Darryl Swann has confirmed his intention to retire from Computer Concepts Limited (CCL), exiting the business he founded 28 years ago. 

The charismatic leader will walk away from the technology provider on 5 October, leaving behind a company he built from the ground up since starting out in a Dunedin flat in 1990.

In founding one of the country’s leading infrastructure specialists - which is now owned by Spark - Swann leaves behind an unrivalled legacy in the New Zealand channel, built on the foundations of engineering, customer obsession and innovation. Click here. 

Tunstall take a look at how the NDIS can help participants access the support they need, aligned to their objectives, and how to prescribe the right assistive technologies.  Click here.

If you would like to send the NZHIT team either Event information or News that you would like us to share with our members, please ensure all information is sent to Talie Schmidt-Geen and she will ensure that it is uploaded on to our website and LinkedIn.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let Talie know.

Scott Arrol and Talie Schmidt-Geen




Of interest

NZHIT Events Calendar
Click on the link for a list of comprehensive events
NZHIT Members can post their own events in this calendar as well so please send any event information to Talie at

NZHIT Networking event 
Keep a close watch on our events page and event updates for details on our next member's networking events

Technology and Digital Services News and Info
Clickable articles on the MOH website

MOH Expert Groups Listing
For your interest - a list of expert groups on the MOH website (including NZHIT)

NZ Telehealth Resource Centre
Latest news from the NZ Telehealth Resource Centre, jointly developed by Mobile Health and the NZ Telehealth Forum

NZ Trade & Enterprise Home
Check out the latest trade and export news - make sure to sign-up for their latest newsletter and media releases

HiNZ News
Latest news, information and events at Health Informatics NZ

2018 HiNZ Conference
Keep up to date and register for 2018 HiNZ Conference - New Zealand's largest digital health event

Latest news, information and events at the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand

Latest news, information and events at Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ

Latest news, information and events at HL7NZ

NZTech News
Latest news, information and events at NZTech

Tech Manifesto
NZHIT is amongst a group of leading technology associations that have developed this manifesto

Canterbury Tech News
Latest news, information and events at Canterbury Tech

ChristchurchNZ - Canterbury Development Corporation
ChristchurchNZ supports prosperity, opportunity and a great quality of life in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Dunedin City Council
Doing business in Dunedin

Sustainable growth through free enterprise.

Helping to grow export business

British New Zealand Business Association
The BNZBA plays a crucial part in sustaining and promoting business, commercial and personal links between the UK and New Zealand

Representing the medical device sector in NZ

Highlighting New Zealand’s achievements and capability in biotechnology

MedTech CoRE | CMDT
National industry-research network

Health Research Council of New Zealand
Managing the Government's investment in health research

Your first port of call when you need to report a cyber security problem. 

New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO)
To find out more, contact the office on 04 917 6060, email  or browse

Portfolio Health
Access interesting articles and information on health related activities

NZ Innovation Council
Committed to creating and growing businesses better and smarter

The American Chamber of Commerce
AmCham has been promoting trade, investment, tourism and education links between the United States of America and New Zealand for over 50 years

Good news stories & events – if you’ve got a story about a success in your organisation, an upcoming event, etc then please let us know. 

New Zealand Health IT Links

NZ Health IT LinkedIn Page
We’ve got our own LinkedIn site that you can join.  We post a number of interesting topics that float around the “ether” and you have an opportunity to comment, post your own items, etc.  Please visit the site and join as a member.


Join us on Twitter - @nzhealthit - keep up to date with a wide range of topics.




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