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PDH is delighted to be a part of the upcoming Hack Aotearoa conference. A recent press release introduced the event:

Hack Aotearoa has announced the first New Zealand artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare conference. Hosted by University of Auckland School of Medical and Health Sciences and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Critical Data, the two-day Hack Aotearoa event will see data scientists, academics and healthcare professionals come together to use their expertise to solve global healthcare problems.

The globally recognised MIT Critical Data events aim to drive cross disciplinary collaboration and learning using big data analytics to push the boundaries to discover what is possible.

The Auckland-based workshops will be led by highly successful academics from MIT, Harvard, University of Michigan, National University of Singapore and Monash University in partnership with local experts.

The conference will see world-renowned technology leaders such as Eric Topol, Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research, and Leo Anthony Celi MD, Clinical Research Director and Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP) present about the latest innovations and insights in health data science, as well as bring a key focus on how personalised medicine will be achieved, especially through the development of advanced digital tools.

Partnering to bring Hack Aotearoa to New Zealand, Dr Kevin Ross, General Manager of Precision Driven Health is proud to support the initiative.

“As a public-private partnership, we are looking forward to fostering the innovation of technology and tools which address issues across the healthcare sector,” said Dr Ross. “New Zealand boasts a strong community of talented developers and academics, and together with our world-class research capability I believe we have the potential to lead the world in health IT.”

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is the major sponsor of Hack Aotearoa, and Chief Executive Scott Pickering says the opportunity to collaborate with AI and healthcare experts to identify how data could be harnessed to improve the delivery of health services was too good to pass up.

“ACC wants to achieve the best rehabilitation outcomes for injured New Zealanders, and we believe there is a lot to be gained from utilising data we have available. Being able to get experts of this level together to start exploring how we use data to ultimately better the lives of New Zealanders is one that we were determined to be involved with.”

Hack Aotearoa will take place on 18-19 January 2019 at the Owen G Glenn Business School, University of Auckland. For more information visit here.

About University of Auckland Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is committed to improving the health of our local, national and global communities through excellence in teaching, research, service and engagement. The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is a large and diverse faculty with more than 4,000 students studying across our six schools, led by world-leading researchers and lecturers.

About ACC

ACC provides New Zealanders with comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover. They work closely with businesses and the community to try to prevent injuries from happening, and to make New Zealand a safer place. ACC manages injury claims, coordinates services and works closely with health professionals to help get people back to living their life as quickly as possible.

About MIT Critical Data

MIT Critical Data is an affiliation of research labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who are engaged in research in and around data that has a critical impact on people’s health.

About Precision Driven Health

Precision Driven Health is a public-private research partnership between Orion Health, healthcare providers and universities, creating the capability to optimise the health of each individual by combining and learning from all available data. Founded in 2016 by Orion Health, Waitemata DHB and the University of Auckland, the partnership plans to invest $38m in research over seven years that will produce better health outcomes and commercial opportunities for New Zealand.

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