ITx 2018 Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for ITx 2018

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Lori Hand

Public Sector Leader, Global Business Services, IBM New Zealand Ltd

Lori leads the Global Business Services, Public Sector business for IBM New Zealand, bringing her extensive government experience from North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Her career as an innovator and leader has been centred on delivering organisational strategy projects, data-driven solutions to citizen issues, and multimillion-dollar cognitive transformation projects across multiple government departments and NGOs.



An admitted “statistics geek”, Lori has assisted her clients to achieve meaningful, long-lasting, citizen and patient centred solutions by leveraging AI across unstructured data that enrich engagement and make it easier for families to get health care for their children, and which support wounded warriors returning from active duty military service with cognitive impairments including traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.



She led the US Air Force global EMR project, during which time she introduced many innovations including mobile technology for patient consent and IT improvements to better support medical guidelines and reduce unnecessary imaging costs. She also drove a US$3B supply chain optimisation for Kaiser Permanente, a large US group-practice health plan providing high-quality, integrated health care.



Outside of IBM, she contributes her time to Hadassah Medical Center to support high quality medical services across the Middle East and North Africa to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin. Lori is deeply invested in developing the next generation of “statistics geeks who want to save the world”, and spent four years as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA. She lives in Wellington with her husband and three happy, active children.

Mobile Health – Leveraging AI and Mobile design to Improve Outcomes

Thursday 3:20pm - 3:50pm, HiNZ Health (HiNZ Health 1 Room)

Health care doesn’t just occur in the GP’s office. Patients are playing an increased role in enhancing their outcomes by actively participating in, monitoring, and making adjustments to their health regime using their personal mobile devices. Learn about new uses for mobile technology in the management of diabetes, blood pressure and smoking cessation. This isn’t your average presentation on mobile applications; learn how leading edge health care providers and networks are using artificial intelligence (AI) to drive the recommendations and patient interactions in mobile health care apps.