IT And Health Join At Conference
Largest gathering of health management and information technology experts join hands at inaugural conference
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, 4 August 2003 ? For the first time in New Zealand, health management professionals will join
information technology experts in Auckland from 6-8 August to discuss how they can work together to improve the quality
The New Zealand Institute of Health Management (NZIHM) will team with Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ), the New
Zealand Health Information Technology Cluster (NZHITC), and the New Zealand Health Level 7 User Group (NZHUG) to host
the "Health New Zealand Conference and Exhibition 2003" at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The event builds on last year's inaugural and highly successful HINZ Conference. The Ministry of Health, New Zealand
Trade & Enterprise and several leading health information technology companies are sponsoring the event.
Minister of Health Annette King will deliver the opening address, which will be followed by an impressive line-up of
local and international presentations, case studies and vendor demonstrations centred on the theme, "advancing knowledge
for quality healthcare."
International speakers include experts from Yale's Centre for Medical Informatics, University of California San
Francisco's Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, and the Australian health system. Local presentations from the
Ministry of Health, District Health Boards, hospitals, and universities will demonstrate New Zealand's capability to
deliver world-class health information solutions.
"The rapid development of technology means that clinicians have better access to complex health information that helps
them deliver the right care at the right time in the right place," says Ms King. "It is critical that all members of the
health sector -- including policymakers, medical professionals, business managers and technology vendors -- work
together to ensure this information is transformed into knowledge that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery
in New Zealand."
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise CEO, Tim Gibson, says this event will also be a unique display of the country's top
talent, with some of New Zealand's most innovative software vendors demonstrating their systems at the conference
"Health New Zealand 2003 is truly a showcase of New Zealand innovation," says Mr Gibson. "These companies are delivering
world-class information management solutions that are making a difference to healthcare delivery at home and overseas."
Revenue generated from New Zealand health information technology companies was $38 million in 2001, with this figure
expected to soar to a cumulative total of more than $5 billion by 2010, a significant proportion of which will be from
The proceedings from Health New Zealand 2003 will be combined with those from Australia's Health Informatics Conference,
taking place in Sydney the following week. The conjoint publication will highlight the region's potential to host the
International Medical Informatics Association's "Medinfo 2007," a conference that draws thousands of health
professionals together every three years.
For more information on Health New Zealand Conference and Exhibition 2003, including a detailed program of speakers and
events, please visit http://www.hinz.org.nz