Dr Helen Lunt is the inaugural Clinical Director of Health Innovation at the CDHB (Canterbury District Health Board) and has been in this role for 7 years. She works within a small business unit at the CDHB ("Via Innovations"), supporting the development of local health innovations that have a commercial element to them. Most of the scalable ideas and innovations reviewed by this team have a digital component to them. Dr Lunt is also a specialist physician, teacher and researcher and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
The importance of digital technologies in research and innovation
Digital health technologies are transforming how health care organisations, including District Health Boards, function and collect data. Digital health is also a key enabler of the genomics revolution. The democratisation of health, the increasing focus on the well-being of our health customers/consumers and communities and the rapidly reducing costs of many digital technologies offers additional opportunities to explore the use of health and well-being technological tools within the research setting. How might researchers interact with data driven health systems, now and in the future? How is the clinical trials 'landscape'changing in response to digital technologies? How will access to data be governed? What are some of the risks for the future? These questions will be explored from practical, New Zealand perspective.