Roundup: Interim Health NZ appoints interim digital chief and other digital health appointments

Waitematā, a district official of Manukau DHB assigned to New Zealand Temporary Health Center

Stuart Bloomfield, Chief Digital Officer for the Waitamata County and Manukau County Health Boards, has been appointed temporarily as Head of Data and Digital for the interim Health NZ.

Health NZ is an upcoming health service set to replace New Zealand’s 20 health boards from July.

according to health informatics new zealandBloomfield replaces Shane Hunter, deputy director of public and digital data at the Department of Health, who resigned in May.

Margie Apa, CEO of Interim Health New Zealand, was quoted as saying that Bloomfield’s role will focus on assembling a leadership team of people involved in data and digital investments in the country’s health system. They will design an operating model and implement agreed change recommendations.

He will also participate in the formation of the Subcommittee on Data and the Digital Dashboard and its work program for the next two years.

The news report also indicated that a permanent head of data and digital function is being worked out and will be appointed through a full and open vetting process.


Hyland appoints a former Gartner official to lead APAC Healthcare

Content provider Hyland has appointed a former Gartner official as the company’s senior director of healthcare in the Asia Pacific region.

According to a press release, Lachie Swann will lead the implementation of the company’s growth strategy to expand Hyland Healthcare across the Asia Pacific region.

“As a company, we continue to invest in the region and look forward to expanding the success we have had with our healthcare solutions,” said Mark Grosch, Associate Vice President of Hyland International Healthcare.

He noted that Swann’s international experience in market development and new product launches “makes him an ideal leader to build on Hyland’s strong foundations in the Asia Pacific region.”

Over the past eight years, Melbourne-based Swann has held several commercial leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Larger Enterprise Sales at Gartner. “I am happy to move from technology research and consultancy to the field of vendors,” he said.

Hyland Healthcare’s accounts in Australia include Melbourne Health, Metro North Health, Dental Health Services Victoria and Mater Misericordiae hospital chain.


Vantari VR appoints chief product to lead US expansion

Australian startup Vantari VR has begun making its way to the US by appointing a Chief Product Officer to lead expansion.

Named for the position, Jay Kahlon has helped launch about 45 healthcare simulation products, such as hardware, software, and cloud and mixed reality tools, into the US market over the past decade.

Previously he was with Blue Panthom, an ultrasound simulation model maker acquired in 2012 by CAE Healthcare, a provider of simulation-based training solutions for healthcare. He has held various positions in both companies from product and business development to operations and marketing.

According to a media release, Kahlon’s new role in Vantari VR includes supporting teams in product and platform vision and development, road mapping, as well as identifying and developing strategic and clinical partnerships and handling business development.

“His personal mission to democratize access to healthcare training internationally using transformative virtual reality technology aligns with our goals for Vantari VR, and we are excited about what the future holds for us through Jay’s expertise,” founder Nishanth Krishnanthan said of his appointment.

Commenting on his new role, Kahlon said: “The vision set by Fantari is to use virtual reality to enable access to world-class clinical procedural training, regardless of teacher availability, simulation space and self-directed learning, and it has resonated greatly in my perception that collaboration can lead to disrupt the status quo of access to world-class healthcare training.”