Written by: Anzel Singh
Reverberating within a room of the Iconic Sir Owen G Glenn Building at The University of Auckland Business school was a strong presence of intelligence, encouragement and unity as female powerhouses reunited with colleagues and widened their networks. Shaking hands with fellow female and male professionals at the forefront of ingenuity such as clinicians, data scientists and health informatics enthusiasts, 14 inspiring speakers further ignited everyone’s passion for change at New Zealand’s first Women in Health IT Conference.
The first speaker Alexis Stewart, Director of Strategic Programmes at Mercy Radiology walked us through digital radiology and their robot Matilda. Taking 6 weeks to train and working 24 hours a day in finance. Matilda uploads invoices and saves the company 35 hours per week allowing staff to spend their time value adding.
Dashboards were additionally mentioned it in terms of being able to look at why referrals may be falling as well as customer demographics.
Deep neural networks were discussed next, specifically, computers beginning to understand ideas such as concepts within videos and joint movement as a medical example. Gabe Rijpma, Beachhead Advisor and Senior Director for Health and Social Service in Microsoft Asia briefly highlights an era of computers we’ve never seen before.
Healthcare bots being one unique aid for healthcare professionals since these healthcare bots can be programmed without you having to be a programmer, yourself.
Clinicians can also anticipate documentation support such as Project EmpowerMD in which consultations of clinician-patient interaction are recorded and key points such as symptoms are transcribed. Although Rijpma points out we’re still 3-5 years away from this, it remains to be an exciting concept. Involving clinicians being able to conserve their energy and focus on excellent care rather than typing up each patient case.
Using machine learning to mimic GP consults for the greater good of increasing accessibility of mental healthcare, Angela Lim, CEO of Clearhead shares her perspective on Entrepreneurship within healthcare and how her company uses AI to turn 3 consultations into one via a wellbeing assistant.
Framed similarly to a messaging style type app, Clearhead offers the best way to cope with mental illness independently as well as allows appointment bookings with different specialists under your wellbeing portal.
Tom Varghese and Sarah Zub from Vensa tackle the importance of Grow Inclusive, the benefits that come with not only being diverse but more importantly building teams that are more inclusive and where everyone is felt that they are heard. Bias reducing recruitment systems being one of the many ways this can be ensured and your company can flourish.
A wearer of many important hats, Associate professor for the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland and Clinical Director for Innovation at Waitemata district health board Dr Robyn Whittaker naturally covers Innovation.
Speaking on the ‘Leap Frog’ programme centred on rapidly delivering technological initiatives to benefit staff and patients. Whittaker discusses the journey of inviting Mobile technology into healthcare through mediums such as ipads to improve experience for all. She also speaks about New Zealand gaining a new hospital. Referring to the new surgical hospital planned for the north shore hospital campus. Therefore making Innovative decisions before and during its development is pivotal to the future of our healthcare, before it comes to life and is part of our ecosystem.
Women in New Zealand have a long history of being change makers and pioneers. Empowering those that contribute their knowledge of health and Information technology during this time of gender inequality and lack of acknowledgement continues to be vital when they are the backbone of our health industry and a huge part of what makes it great. The Women in Health IT conference is the start of many incredible efforts to shine a light on these heroes and will inevitably be a memorable experience that leaves you with hope for the future knowing you are part of making it better.
About the Writer ----Anzel Singh
Anzel Singh is a Writer with a Scientific background in Biological Sciences and Psychology holding a keen interest in Technological Advances within the Health Sector. Having Volunteered for the Auckland District Health Board as a Reablement Companion and Site Ambassador which ultimately contributed to his interest in helping people. He is currently participating in the Entrepreneurship Summer Lab at The University of Auckland which has allowed him to manifest his passions into a Virtual Reality project to help people with Autism practice Social Interaction. Working with a like-minded team eager to utilize Technology to improve Wellbeing. He is curious about the Future of Health and the Impact AI will make throughout its integration. Intending to witness all aspects of innovation within the industry from Genetic Engineering to Cognitive Prosthetics and Personalised Medicine, with the purpose of digesting that information into simpler content to share with the world.
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