Gen-i Sponsor m-Health NZ Conference

gen-iWe would like to welcome Gen-i as sponsors of the m-health NZ conference. Gen-i is a leading ICT services provider, successfully integrating IT and telecommunications services to provide converged ICT solutions for clients across New Zealand and Australia. M-health is very appreciative of Gen-i’s interest in mobile health in New Zealand and for its support of our conference. We look forward to hearing more on the 6th November.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can register for the conference here.

If you are interested in speaking, you can still submit a paper until 4th September. Submit your abstract here.

If you would like to become a sponsor of m-Health NZ, you can find out more information here.

m-health NZ conference: Deadline reminders

A reminder that the Early Bird Registration expires on 31st August

The Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to Friday 4th September, 5.00 pm

The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) and the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) will be hosting a one-day conference on the use of mobile technology to improve health. The conference will be held at the School of Population Health, Tamaki University Campus on November 6th 2009. Organisers, Dr Robyn Whittaker and Dr Chris Paton, are hoping the conference will bring together those working in research, health services and industry, to potentially stimulate new collaborations. Many ground-breaking services and products are being developed here in NZ but there are few opportunities for those working in this area to share their experiences and knowledge.

Visit the website at for more details and instructions on submitting abstracts or sponsoring the conference.

Upcoming Health Informatics Conferences

I’m attending a few Health Informatics conferences in the next couple of months. I’m planning on blogging the sessions and writing about interesting new developments in health informatics. Here are the conferences I’m going to:

1. Medicine 2.0 in Toronto. September 17-18. I’m going to be presenting about our new social networking site for encouraging collaboration between health innovators. More on this soon, but there’s some pretty exciting developments in the works. Chen Lou will also be presenting about our Facebook Influenza tracking project. This conference was great fun last year so I’m looking forward to attending again this year.

2. HINZ (Health Informatics New Zealand). September 30 – October 2. This is the annual Health Informatics conference for New Zealand. Again, I’ll be talking about our new health innovation networking site, but also representing the National Institute for Health Innovation at our stand and generally catching up with NZ health informatics people.

3. m-Health New Zealand. November 6. I’m organising this conference with Robyn Whittaker from the Clinical Trials Research Unit at Auckland University. We’ve got some great guest speakers and submissions are coming in. If you’d like to present at this conference, make sure you submit your abstract before the 14th of August.

4. AMIA 2009. November 14-18. This is going to be a huge event in San Fransisco and a great health informatics conference. I’m co-organising a tutorial about using social networking technology (including Second Life) in medical education with W Ed Hammond, Constance Johnson and Parvati Dev.

EpiSurveyor Used for Polio Containment in East Africa


EpiSurveyor is being used to investigate and contain a polio outbreak in East Africa. Handheld devices or mobile phones are used to log symptoms of patients and the treatment they receive. It’s an open source application funded by the United Nations and teh Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership. The project is due to be expanded to included another 20 countries in Africa.

Here’s a video of EpiSurveyor running on a phone:

m-health NZ: using mobile technology to improve health

Dr Robyn Whittaker, Dr Muzaffar Malik and I are organising a conference about mobile health at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.


The one-day conference will be at the School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland Friday, 6th November 2009


Improvements in mobile communications technologies are occurring continuously and health services struggle to keep pace with the opportunities and demands of this rapid innovation. However, these technologies can be used to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, quality and accessibility of health services. Many innovative and ground-breaking research projects and services that use mobile devices to improve health are being developed here in New Zealand. This conference will bring together research, health services and mobile communications technology expertise, with a focus on sharing experience and looking ahead to the future of m-health in New Zealand and beyond.

Objectives of this conference:

  • To bring together those working with mobile technologies in health services or health research across New Zealand
  • To stimulate discussion about research priorities and future directions for m-health in New Zealand
  • To stimulate research collaborations across centres and between researchers, health services and industry partners

Who should attend:

Researchers, students, health professionals, health services managers, health IT services, mobile phone-related industries, mobile telecommunications companies, and all those interested in sharing experiences and networking with those working in this field

Sponsored by the Health Research Council of New Zealand

Call for abstracts:

There will be a limited number of spaces for oral presentations at the conference. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Priority will be given to those with a research focus (including health services evaluations) and in this case abstracts should be structured (Background; Aim; Methods; Results; Conclusions). If time allows other types of presentations may be considered (e.g. opinion pieces, future visions, and work in development) or authors may be asked to prepare a poster or to be on a panel.

Please submit abstracts by 14th August 2009 to:

Abstract guidelines:

  • Title (title case, Arial 14 font)
  • Authors (initials, lastname1; presenting author underlined)
  • Affiliations according to superscript numbers (1 position, dept, employer)
  • Headings (bold, Arial 11 font; ideally Background: Aim: Methods: Results: Conclusions:) 250 words maximum (excluding references, Arial 11 font)
  • References (maximum of 6; Vancouver style as described here

Information for potential sponsors:

We are looking for further sponsors for this conference. Sponsorship could take a variety of different forms, such as sponsoring an international or national speaker, student registrations, post-conference mingling session, or conference packs. Industry stands will also be considered. For further information or to discuss options, please contact Dr Robyn Whittaker