Techie Brekkie 2019 - a feast for mind and body

To learn how the Canterbury region encourages innovation in health please join us at this free event.

What's it all about?

The Canterbury DHB Via Innovations Team and the Health Precinct Advisory Council are hosting a Techie Brekkie event as part of Techweek 19.

This event focuses on health innovation that's good for the world, showcasing topics that are/will benefit our population such as:

Cloud Transformation

Learn why Canterbury DHB with vendor CCL is embarking on a Cloud Transformation Programme.


Hear how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used to transform the way we care for patients.

Self check in kiosks for patients

Find out how technology has improved the patient experience.

This event provides a networking opportunity and aims to inspire and encourage the audience about innovative ideas for health.

A light breakfast will be provided at this free event.

You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

Manawa, Level 1. Room HP102B, 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thursday 23 May
7:30am - 9:00am

Free event
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Stella Ward

Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB's Cloud Transformation Programme

With the help of our vendor CCL (Computer Concepts Limited), we are embarking on a Cloud Transformation Programme to better take advantage of emerging technologies to drive innovation and deliver greater value.
The key benefits of the programme are:
- Increased agility from quicker deployment times.
- Delivering faster innovation.
- Allowing us to spend more time on innovation and value-add activities rather than operational tasks.
- Improved security, reliability - including disaster recovery and higher performance.
- More cost effective IT services.
This presentation will provide an overview of our journey so far and our future focus.

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Kate Reid

Director, Deloitte

DeloitteASSIST: Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled patient communications

The nurse call bell has been the main form of nurse to patient communication for the past twenty years and despite technology advancements, it’s not changed in that time. A patient’s request for assistance comes with no context or information with regards to the nature of their need. This lack of information makes it difficult for care teams to prioritise critical requests.

In order to address this issue, Canterbury DHB (following a successful pilot at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney) is the first health authority in New Zealand and only the second in the world to pilot a voice-activated patient response tool at Burwood Hospital.

Using the most recent advancements in technology, DeloitteASSIST combines the capabilities of speech recognition, natural language processing and artificial intelligence to transform the way we care for patients. The device processes voice commands, automatically prioritising requests and sending the information to a tablet docked at the nurses’ station and a mobile phone.

Objectives of the current pilot include reducing unnecessary delays in the treatment process, releasing time to care, improving individual capacity to manage one’s own recovery and building insights that enable continuous improvement of care.

Have a bite to eat at the Techie Brekkie and see DeloitteAssist in action.

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David Hepburn

Managing Director, Florence

Self Service and Patient Empowerment

This year, Canterbury DHB opened their new Outpatient Facility that hosts over 700 patients per day. In these state of the art surroundings the challenge was set to truly modernise the patient experience.

Enabling Self Service was the first step to better patient flow and experience. The next steps will engage the patient in their journey through the communication of wait times, upcoming activities and alerts that give them visibility into their visit. These tools will also enable administrators and nurses to become more productive.

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