Insightful interviews with key thought leaders on all things digital health from New Zealand, Australia and across the globe. Brought to you by New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT), the leading peak body for NZ's digital health industry sector, talking with people who are shaping the future of healthcare, disability, mental health and social services nationally and internationally.
EP55: Originally from the UK, Christine moved to Godzone nearly 15 years ago and has continued her passion for providing quality healthcare services through Hamilton-based roles at the Waikato District Health Board, LinkPeople and now at Pinnacle Ventures. Christine talks about her journey so far, what drives her commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of others in need and shares her vision of healthcare in the future.
You can find out more about Christine here - linkedin.com/in/christine-hall and visit the website of Pinnacle Ventures - https://www.ventures.health.nz/ and of course can contact Scott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/ Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show, spread the word and share the love far and wide!
EP54: Pt 05 "eMental Health Series" - Marshall is a long time tech entrepreneur who has turned his skills towards helping to solve problems in the mental health & addiction space, a part of the health sector that he has a specific passion about. So, he's set Loffty with the goal of uplifting one million people through gold standard mental health assessment. You'll be fascinated by his story that has led Marshall to this point and how he's come up with this paradigm-changing approach to mental wellness.
You can find out more about Loffty here - https://www.loffty.com/nz/and of course can contact Scott directly at email@example.com check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show, spread the word and share the love far and wide!
EP53: Following the recent acquisition of Medtech, Geoff has started putting into place his plans to transform the company, and along with it the primary health sector. Back in episode 39 Geoff touched on what he has up his sleeve and now we're seeing the early phases of this plan being put into action.
Read more about ALEX here - https://www.nzhit.nz/news/transformation-never-by-halves. Check out his webpage for more info - https://medtechglobal.com/nz/and you can contact Scott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show, spread the word and share the love far and wide!
EP52: Harry, and Webtools Health, bring an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to health technology in New Zealand and increasingly off-shore as well. Harry is also a NZHIT elected board member and he talks about his own experience in health and wider tech fields as well as the direction of digital health in New Zealand.
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Webtools are closely involved in the development of the local healthtech and tech innovation ecosystem, which is driving significant changes both locally, regionally and nationally.
For more information on Webtools Health go to their website - https://www.webtools.nz/and you can contact Scott directly at email@example.com check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show, spread the word and share the love far and wide!
EP51: Having recently announced his resignation as the CEO of NZHIT, Scott answers questions from Kate about the key components of the role to provide insights to those who might be looking at applying for the position as the NZHIT Board commences the recruitment process to find Scott's replacement. Even if you're not wanting to be NZHIT's next CEO this episode will provide you with a look behind the outward facing work that Scott has done for the past 6+ years and you'll hear him talk about the important day-to-day effort that goes on behind the scenes.
Whilst Scott doesn't depart NZHIT until mid-January 2021 this episode is an opportunity to capture his remarkable story that started in 2014 when he took a struggling membership organisation and turned it into the peak body for the health IT industry sector in New Zealand. You can contact Scott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
Interested in more information about the recruitment process for Scott's replacement then head to the job vacancy announcement on the NZHIT website and follow the links to the position description and job advertisement - https://www.nzhit.nz/news/nzhit-advertises-for-new-ceo
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EP50: To mark the 50th episode Scott's special guest is Chandra Selvadurai who is the Managing Director of Pharmaco NZ and Australia (having been with the company for 24 years in total to date). He's also a past chair of the Medical Technology Association of NZ and current co-chair of the Australia NZ Leadership Group's Health Technology Working Group. Scott has huge respect for what Chandra has achieved, his understated way of going about getting things done in an extremely complex and difficult part of the health sector.
You can find out more about Pharmaco by visiting their website - https://pharmaco.co.nz/ - and you can contact Scott directly on email@example.com check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/ Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show and share the love far and wide!
EP49: Covid-19 has been getting blamed for many things including the increase in mental health issues, depression and suicide but the fact is these were already trending at frighteningly high levels before the pandemic came upon us. In this episode, Scott talks with Lance Burdett who shares his life's journey from being a builder, reaching the top level in the New Zealand Police Force and then setting up WARN International as he saw first-hand the rising demand for his services and unique way of delivering them. Lance wears many hats from being a renowned author, media consultant, mentor, speaker and all round top bloke.
EP48: Scott Herschberger originally hails from Colorado and he shares his journey to New Zealand and discusses the solutions provided by Health Metrics to the disabilities, aged care, in-home and primary care sectors in the New Zealand and Australian health systems. Originating in Melbourne, Australia, Health Metrics has developed an impressive stable of digital health solutions and is experiencing resulting growth in the markets it operates in. For more information - https://healthmetrics.co.nz/about-us-ecase-software-health-metrics-new-zealand/and https://healthmetrics.com.au/
As usual, you can contact Scott directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/ Please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show and share the love far and wide!
EP47: Hot on the heels of the inaugural NZHIT Summit held on the 29th of October 2020, Darren joins Scott in this episode to talk about the disruption caused by Covid-19 especially when it comes to the plans he had for the National Health Information Platform (nHIP). Darren provides background to what happened to the nHIP business case as a result of New Zealand going into full lockdown in early March 2020 and an update on plans for the future.
Darren was keynote speaker at the Summit and his presentation provided an excellent update on nHIP, what it is, what it isn't, it's purpose and where it's headed. It's excellent that he was able to also chat with Scott for this episode as it's important for listeners to understand what's happening with this very important piece of work. Darren is also going to be the guest on the next session of "Spill the Beans with Scott" where he'll provide more detailed information on nHIP. This is going to be a virtual Teams webinar on the 18th of November from 11am to 12pm. Check out the events page on our website for further information on how to request an invite - www.nzhit.nz
As usual, you can contact Scott directly on email@example.com and please make sure to subscribe to this podcast show, share with your friends and colleagues, leave a comment and provide a rating. This all helps to grow the show and share the love far and wide!
EP46: This is the 10th episode in our virtual-telehealth series with Dr Richard Medlicott as Scott's guest where they discuss the challenges faced at primary care level in New Zealand when all GPs had to close their doors and "go virtual" almost overnight in the first Covid-19 lockdown that commenced in March 2020. Richard is a highly regarded GP with a busy practice in Wellington (NZ's capital city) as well having a high level of tech expertise, a former medical director at the Royal College of GPs and being actively involved in a number of digital health initiatives.
You'll enjoy this episode with Richard as he openly shares his knowledge and expertise along with his thoughts on the future of healthcare in this country as well as offshore. For more information, resources, webinar recordings and much more please go to the NZ Telehealth Resource Centre website - https://www.telehealth.org.nz/. As usual, you can contact Scott directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and you can check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/.
EP45: Pt 09 "Virtual-Telehealth Series". This is the 9th episode in our virtual-telehealth series and John Sinclair joins us all the way from Kingston, Ontario, Canada to discuss the uptake of telehealth in that country and their growth in Australia and beyond. John has been involved with developing and implementing Novari's solutions for more than 10 years and shares his extensive knowledge on providing solutions that improve patient access to care.
EP44: This is the 8th episode in our telehealth series and Scott delves into Mark's extensive background and the important role Securely is playing in providing telemonitoring systems and services that enable people to live in their own homes with peace of mind for them and their family/whanau. Mark also jumps into Scott’s time machine and talks about what he sees 10 years from now.
EP43: This is Part 3 of Scott's series on eMental health and how technology is being used to support the delivery of mental health & addiction services. Dr Angela Lim is on a mission to transform the way tech provides better access and reduces the digital divide. She talks about her passion for what she does, her vision for the future, the challenges she's had to overcome and where to next for healthcare in New Zealand.
More information can be found at https://www.clearhead.org.nz/ and Angela's recent TEDxAuckland presentation can be accessed on YouTube here - Angela Lim: Disrupting Healthcare Without Hurting It. For more information, comments, queries and guest suggestions you can contact Scott on email@example.com and you can check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP42: Pat Kerr recently finished her position as telehealth coordinator for the NZ Telehealth Leadership Group having played an influential part in its formation right through to the significant role it now plays. Pat is not only a very good friend but she is an inspirational person who has made a huge contribution to New Zealand's digital health scene since moving here from New York, by way of the UK, 35 years ago. But that's not all as you'll be enthralled by Pat's story as there's far more to her than meets the eye! For more information, comments, queries and guest suggestions you can contact Scott on firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP41: This is the 6th episode in our telehealth series of interviews and today's guest is Dr Martyn Harvey. Through his experience working in busy emergency clinics and his interest in technology and telehealth, Martyn has established Emergency Consult to provide immediate access to emergency doctors who have many years’ experience caring for acutely unwell and injured patients. Martyn talks about complementing what is already on offer and using the telehealth platform to help get ahead of the demand curve. More info on Emergency Consult can be found at https://www.emergencyconsult.co.nz/ and you can contact Scott on email@example.com and check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP39: Geoff doesn't do things by halves as he believes in transformation rather than preserving the status quo. Having led the acquisition process of MedTech Global, Geoff is now leading that organisation into a new future. In this episode he shares key parts of his journey and vision for building a strong relational-based, collaborative and innovative digital health business focused on meeting their GP customer's needs now and into the future.
MedTech's website can be found here - https://medtechglobal.com/nz/ and you can contact Scott on firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the NZHIT website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP38: Scott shares the doubts he had when launching the Digital Health Insights podcast but got on with it anyway, announces the NZ HealthTech Opportunities Report is now fully commenced and how people can get involved, and the exciting news that the inaugural NZHIT Summit is happening on the 28th of October 2020. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Scott on email@example.com and check out the website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP37: Based out of Melbourne, Australia; Eric talks about their work in the context of a life's mission to build the future infrastructure needed to give everyone access to on-demand healthcare. He takes us from his time as a pilot in the Australian airforce through to starting up Swoop Aero and how they are truly applying an innovative and ground breaking approach when it comes to transforming how essential supplies are safely deployed using drones. Even to the extent of 3D printing the drones themselves! You'll be fascinated by this episode and can check them out at https://swoop.aero/ and can contact Scott on firstname.lastname@example.org go to our website at https://www.nzhit.nz/
EP36: It was fantastic to have Natalie as Scott's guest for this episode where she was sitting at her place in Toronto, Canada and he was in Auckland's North Shore in New Zealand Aotearoa. This followed a previous invite to join Natalie in one of her very popular YouTube series called 'Fireside Chats with Impetus' and podcast show called 'Healthcare Goes Digital'. It was great to be able to reciprocate as her story is one of having a vision of how technology can be used to better connect people, enable quality interactions and improve the richness of online meetings.
EP35: It was such a pleasure to spend time with Kathryn doing this episode as we're ex-colleagues from Healthcare NZ days and have remained good friends ever since. Kathryn is an extraordinary health sector leader with high levels of empathy for her clients, staff and stakeholders whilst also knowing how to operate a successful business, which is no easy feat in the tough NGO sector. Kathryn's strategic strength coupled with her tactical nous has taken the Trust through a recent rebranding to position for the future and a complete implementation of a new software system that was achieved on-time and within budget.
You'll enjoy this episode as Kathryn's understated style comes through during the interview but there is no mistaking her ability and eye for an opportunity has taken her organisation from a small local care provider to a leading, and growing, provincial and South Island healthcare organisation. You can find out more about the Laura Ferguson Brain Injury Trust from their website at http://lftcant.co.nz/.
If you want to find out more about NZHIT then head to https://www.nzhit.nz/ And if you want to contact Scott Arrol direct then feel free to email him on email@example.com and please put “podcast” in the subject line.
EP34: Orion Health is New Zealand's leading provider of digital health solutions both nationally and internationally. In this episode James Rice talks with Scott about Orion's history and what they've been doing to position for the future that is just around the corner for them, hence the "watch this space" comment!
EP32: The Covid-19 situation has changed overnight and since Scott's most recent episode #31 so he's provided this brief update on what's happening with changes to events, the official Covid-19 website details, the importance of using the NZ contact tracing app, how to make contact with him if you need assistance, staying safe and looking out for each other.
EP31: As of the 10th of August the NZ election season has started with the next 6 weeks being the lead-up to the general election on the 19th of September. Scott talks about this, the development of the NZ HealthTech Opportunities Report, not to be missed events and much more.
EP30: Scott's guest in this episode, Kate Quirke, has extensive experience in the health IT sector built over many years of hands-on work. Kate is a champion of building diversity in the workplace and shares her views on why it is important and how to achieve it. She also talks about Alcidion's global growth, their commitment to the New Zealand health sector plus much more.
EP29: You'll really enjoy this episode as Anna talks about her experience in setting up Justathought, her passion for making mental health & addiction services available to as many people as possible and the fantastically collegial environment she and others work in.
EP28: Amio and Robyn are involved in significant work within the digital health and health sectors in New Zealand and offshore. Spending the next 40 minutes listening to these two special guests will be well worth it as they share pure gold when it comes to their wealth of knowledge and experience especially when it comes to the digital divide.
EP27: Michael is the Chief Nursing Officer APAC for Cerner and Eric is Senior Team Lead for Australia & NZ and this episode is the first time Scott has interviewed two guests at the same time. They share their experiences from working with a large multinational that makes significant contributions globally, regionally and locally.
EP26: Rachel Wright is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury and joins Scott in this episode to discuss her role in delivering the Healthtech Supernode Challenge, its importance to the university and also emphasise deadline date for getting applications lodged.
EP25: Professor David Parry, HOD of Computer Sciences at AUT turns the table by becoming the interviewer and forcing Scott to talk about his thoughts when it comes to the challenges and opportunities when looking at studying for a health tech qualification.
EP24: Join Scott for this quick update as he provides a new email address for listeners to make contact, what collaborating actually means, the growing influence of NZHIT's special interest groups and the exciting event coming up on the 28th of July.
EP23: Pt 04 Stella Ward, CDO for Canterbury and West Coast DHBs talks with Scott about their support of the healthtech supernode challenge, why it's important to enter, thoughts on what problems need solving and the benefits for everyone who enters.
EP22: Pt 01 “eMental Health Series” Anil Thapliyal is a pioneer in the area of eMental health both in New Zealand and internationally. He wears a number of hats when it comes to the roles he holds in the eMental health sector. This episode is the first in a series focusing on this space and Anil is the perfect person to kick these off.
EP21: Scott reflects on how well the podcast channel is doing since starting on 1 June 2020, the feedback from listeners, answers a question about how well we're doing with the pandemic, the Healthtech Supernode Challenge and how excited he is about the NZHIT in-person networking event on the 28th of July - the first since pre-lockdown.
EP20: Pt 03 Rick Davies has been with Ryman Healthcare for 12 months and he talks about the fantastic work they do in caring for older people in New Zealand and Australia, their special innovation DNA and great support of the Healthtech Supernode Challenge.
EP 19: Alexandra Stuthridge is the South Island Commercialisation Manager for KiwiNet and she provides fantastic insights into the work KiwiNet do to foster innovation in New Zealand, why they are a major sponsor of the Challenge and why anyone with a great idea for solving healthcare problems should definitely apply.
EP 18: Pt 04 “Virtual-Telehealth Series” Karl has an extensive background in both healthcare and technology having been a military physician through to being a GP and practice owner at Papatoetoe Family Doctors and Chief Clinical Information Officer at healthAlliance. Karl shares his hands-on experience of providing healthcare services enabled by the use of digital technology.
EP 17: Pt 03 “Virtual-Telehealth Series” Samuel Wong, VP Product Innovation, Vensa Health and recently commenced as Chair of NZHIT's Virtual Health Industry Group (VHIG). With close to 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector including roles at St John New Zealand, ProCare, his own start-up business and now Vensa, Samuel talks about the uptake of virtual health, its implications for care providers, their customers and the changes occurring over the coming years.
EP 16: “Scott spills the beans on what his big announcement is really about" Want to know what the big announcement is? Then listen in as Scott lets you know about his exciting news, when, where and how you can get involved.
EP 14: “Interview with Shayne Hunter, NZ Ministry of Health" Shayne is the Deputy Director General for Data & Digital at the MOH. He takes some time out of his busy schedule to talk about a range of topics from the pandemic response, the H&D System Review report, the important areas to be focussing on now & his vision for the future of digital health in New Zealand.
EP 15: “A big upcoming announcement, the NZ HealthTech Opportunities Report & more" CEO of NZHIT, Scott Arrol, provides an update on what's ahead including a heads-up about an exciting event coming up in July, the development of the NZ HealthTech Opportunities Report, launch of the HealthTech Supernode challenge, getting involved in the NZHIT industry groups and much more......
EP 13: “The H&D System Review Report & much more with Lloyd McCann" Lloyd is the CEO & Head of Digital Health at Mercy Radiology-Healthcare Holdings Ltd and was a member of the NZ H&D System Review Panel. He shares his thoughts on the recommendations from the report, the importance of digital health tech plus those things that have been keeping him busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
EP 12: “Launching the HealthTech Supernode Challenge" Marian Johnson, Chief Awesome Officer at the Ministry of Awesome announces the launch of this fantastic innovations award programme that is now open for applications from the 29th of June 2020.
EP 11: “The week that was & the week ahead" A quick update from NZHIT CEO, Scott Arrol – Scott shares news about what’s happening this week and what to look out for on the immediate horizon. Spend 5 minutes and get up to speed!
EP 10: Pt 02 “Virtual-Telehealth Series” Kyle Forde, Chief Information Officer, WellSouth Primary Health Organisation – Kyle shares his experiences in supporting primary health care services in the Southern Region of New Zealand particularly general practice during the Covid-19 lockdown period, his thoughts on the future of virtual healthcare and the changing nature of business models, process flows and the provision of care all enabled by the enhanced use of digital technologies.
EP 09: Pt 01 “Virtual-Telehealth Series” Dr Ruth Large, Chair of the NZ Telehealth Leadership Forum, Clinical Director Information Services and Emergency Physician Waikato District Health Board – Ruth talks with Scott about the major uplift in the use of digital technology to support the ongoing provision of healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic and locking this in for the future.
Ep 08: “The impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand tech businesses and opportunities it creates for the future” – Ben Reid, founder and director of Memia and former executive director of the NZ AI Forum, reviews the impact of the pandemic on the local and international tech scene, especially in relation to start-ups, and the opportunities this has created for the future.
Ep 07: “How has COVID-19 impacted digital investments in healthcare across the globe?” – Thorsten Engel, healthcare lead and partner at Deloitte New Zealand, shares his insights based on his many years in the sector and brings his global knowledge to discuss many areas such as telemedicine, analytics, AI, cognitive, contact tracing and much more.
Ep 6: “A quick update from NZHIT CEO, Scott Arrol” – Scott shares news about what’s happening this week and what to look out for on the immediate horizon. Spend less than 7 minutes and get up to speed!
Ep 5: “Cybersecurity in health; being more organised than the baddies” – Faustin Roman, founder of Medical IT Advisors and CIO at Patients First discusses the collaborative security threat platform that he has built and is gathering partners coming together to fight against online threats and attacks. The “baddies” are very well organised and it requires an even higher level of organisation to protect systems, data and privacy so the use of digital solutions in healthcare can be trusted.
Ep 4: “Predicting a pandemic before it happens with AI” – Dr Kevin Ross, CEO of Precision Driven Health and global leader in the field of artificial intelligence, talks about the advances being made with AI’s ability to process massive amounts of data, augment the delivery of health services, support clinical decision-making and help us all make better decisions about our wellbeing; along with the future of AI and it’s use in aiding the prediction of future disease outbreaks.
Ep 03: “Why tech start-ups are gold” - Marian Johnson is the Chief Awesome Officer at the Ministry of Awesome based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Marian talks about her passion for helping tech start-ups, the fantastic innovation environment being built in Christchurch, New Zealand’s huge advantages when it comes to building innovative tech companies and the launch of the Health Technology Supernode Challenge that will create opportunities for digital tech entrepreneurs to showcase their health related solutions nationally and internationally.
CTO of Microsoft New Zealand, Russell Craig, provides insights into the immense growth of the Teams product in New Zealand and globally, and how this is helping to drive further innovation and development of remote working and virtual healthcare services whilst providing a secure and stable platform for users. Russell also discusses the future impact of Microsoft’s decision to build a new data centre in New Zealand and how this underpins his company’s commitment to this country’s focus on becoming a truly digital nation.
Dr Will Reedy, CEO of Spark Health talks about the massive amount of work that he and his team have been involved in during the past 8 weeks of the pandemic, the opportunities for transformation that have occurred as a result, his company’s plans for the future, the AI innovation programme and the recently launched 5G accelerator fund.