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June is now synonymous with HealthTech Week - the biggest event in NZ’s medtech calendar. If you did not have the chance to attend, these Twitter hashtags can provide a snapshot: #HTWNZ18  #medtechcore18 
 
This event was initially created to celebrate the emerging 
medtech industry which is now a $1.5 billion sector. This year’s HealthTech Week demonstrated the substantial growth in NZ-born companies and start-ups; it was great to witness their progress to this point.

Every year, the week brings together the stakeholders interested in health and medical technologies to share knowledge, understand the latest research and innovation underpinning new technologies, and network.
 
More than 600 people from industry, research, investment and government attended the various 2018 events. Global 
giants Amazon and Google described their interest in health while our established NZ companies, Adherium and ableX healthcare provided insights into the challenges that medtech start-ups will face.
 
The Ministry of Health provided updates on key initiatives, one being the review of our regulatory framework. The new system outlined is principles-based, taking into account health and safety risks, but supporting innovation and will be adaptive to future new technologies. Another key message was on value-based care, central to NZ’s Health Research Strategy. The opportunities and challenges in the use of our health data in this area to develop predictive algorithms and personalise care were discussed.
Technology was acknowledged as an important part of the solution in this narrative if it fulfils a real clinical need and is well designed for its intended application. This is the challenge to industry and research.
IN THE NZ MEDTECH WORLD...
HealthTech Week Awards

This year's awards witnessed and celebrated a wide breadth and depth of brilliant ideas that are being generated across the spectrum of the NZ medtech industry.
 
 Read more here

 
Queen’s Birthday Honours for Champion of NZ MedTech

Faye Sumner, CEO of MTANZ, has been appointed as the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her 30 years of contribution to the medtech sector globally and locally.
 
Read more here
 
The Germany-NZ Collaboration: Opening Doors to Opportunities
 
With Brexit looming, it is becoming increasingly important to develop and strengthen strategic relationships with countries such as Germany to secure NZ's standing in the European and global markets. MedTech CoRE's recent initiative with German partners, BIKEM, might be a gateway for this.
Gamifying Education for Children – What is iMOKO up to Now?
 
Learning and applying information is always easier when you're having fun, so what better way to teach children than gamifying knowledge? We take a peek into iMOKO's latest developments.
 
Read more here
EVENTS
Health IT Today at ITx Conference
12 July

Wellington, NZ

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New Zealand Medical Sciences Congress
27-29 August 2018

Queenstown, NZ

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Advamed MedTech Conference
24-26 September
Pennsylvania, US

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2018 Analytics Symposium
26 September
Auckland, NZ

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MARS Spectral CT Workshop
7-8 November
Christchurch, NZ

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World Forum for Medicine
12-15 November
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) Conference
21-23 November
Wellington, NZ

 
MedTech Conversations    
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This month: 19 July
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