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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

University of Auckland Engineering Room 401-439


The NZ Analytics Forum presents an afternoon focused on analytics in healthcare, including the opportunities and ethical challenges. Three of New Zealand’s leading business executives and entrepreneurs will speak about how their organisations are transforming the healthcare sector, and they will be joined by an expert panel to discuss the implications of today’s technology and data science for privacy and ethics.

Our featured lineup includes Dr Lance O’Sullivan, Ian McCrae, Greg Cross, followed by panel members Dame Diane Robertson, John Edwards, Ross Farrelly, and Liz MacPherson. The panel will be moderated by Dr Kevin Ross.

This event is sponsored by IBM and Precision Driven Health.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan, Health Innovator

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is a leading medical innovator pursing the goal of increasing access to quality health care using emerging digital technologies.  Concepts such as cloud, mobility, artificial intelligence, digital humans, internet of things and blockchain are not typically taught at medical schools and yet Lance believes the time has come for them to be. “The tools of my trade that will allow the greatest impact on the health of our country have changed”.  Lance believes there is a big enough clinical knowledge base to have exponential improvements in the health and well-being of all NZ’ers if we can create more digital bridges separating the patient from the care. The 2014 New Zealander of the year, Lance has been recognised nationally for being an disruptor and champion for ensuring that health care is delivered to the most important of our society-children particularly those with high health and social needs.  Lance lives by the famous quote of Sir Fedrick Douglas that reflects the value of our children.  He created NZ’s first digital health program (iMOKO™) for children across the country that delivers health services to communities of children in minutes and hours rather that hours and days. Lance is a passionate son of NZ that wants to see our country lead the way in the delivery of innnovative models of care that provides MORE care to MORE people of HIGHER quality for LESS cost resulting in a FAIRER society

Ian McCrae, CEO Orion Health

Ian began his professional career employed as a scientist writing mathematical models of the human body, before moving into the commercial world. In 1993 he founded Orion Health with a team of just four people and has grown the company to over 1000 staff in 25 offices in 15 countries, enabling healthcare to more than 110 million patients worldwide. Ian is passionate about the role that technology can play in enabling highly personalised care for individuals through the practice of precision medicine – using personal healthcare information that is captured and made available in real time. This technology will transform the practice of medicine into a mathematical science, and for a lapsed mathematician like Ian that means the health sector just got a whole lot more interesting.

Greg Cross, CEO Soul Machines

Greg is a respected business and tech leader. He is the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School and the Chief Business Officer at Soul Machines. Soul Machines is a leading developer of intelligent, emotionally responsive avatars  that give a human face and feel to Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms. It is a University of Auckland spin-out company that was founded based on the BabyX technology created by Dr Mark Sagar and his engineering research team at the University’s Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Dame Diane Robertson, Chair of NZ Data Futures Partnership

Dame Diane is the former City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She has instigated and managed databases for a variety of agencies. She was responsible for the collection and analysis of data gathered for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 research project, which has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty. Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business and financial skills with strong social sector credentials. Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data.

Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner (Auckland), Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Blair Stewart has been with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for 25 years. Throughout the period he has been responsible for the issue of regulatory codes of practice and, for example, drafted both the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code 2004. For 10 years Blair supervised of government information matching, particularly the rules requiring a human check before adverse action was taken against individuals based upon computer algorithms.  Blair is responsible in the office for international privacy policy and has been active in relevant committees of both APEC and OECD. Currently, he convenes both the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Comparative Privacy Statistics Working Group and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) Data Protection Metrics Working Group.

Ross Farrelly, Segment Leader for Data Science and Business Analytics, IBM

Ross works with companies throughout the region to develop and execute on their strategies to adopt and realise the benefits of cloud computing, and advanced analytics . Previously Ross was Chief Data Scientist at Teradata APAC where he was responsible for big data and analytics projects utilising the Teradata, Spark and Hadoop platforms. Ross has extensive consulting experience in large-scale big data implementations in multiple companies across Telco, Banking and Government verticals in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He has a Master of Applied Statistics, a Masters of Applied Ethics, a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics and is aiming to complete his PhD in Information Systems in 2018.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand

Liz MacPherson is a public servant with 24 years experience, including a decade working at senior leadership level in the public sector. Liz was appointed to the role of Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics NZ in August 2013. Before joining Statistics NZ, Liz held several senior roles over a 20-year period at the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Economic Development (MED), and more recently the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).


This event is fully booked.