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Title: The New Zealand Computer Society

The New Zealand Computer Society
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  • SEARCC Round Table Meeting
  • Bruce McLean MNZCS
  • President NZCS

1. Country and Member Society background. - New
New Zealand is
  • a country of diverse cultures and opportunities
  • proud of its Polynesian heritage mingled with
    European tradition
  • famous worldwide for its beautiful scenery and
    friendly people
  • a lush country, holding many attractions for
    visitors with its dramatically changing visage
    throughout the countryside and variety of outdoor

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New Zealand's two main islands offer
  • towering mountain ranges
  • brilliant alpine lakes
  • ancient forests
  • rolling green hills
  • fertile plains and
  • magnificent beaches

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National Office
NZCS Membership
  • Members 515
  • Affiliates 953
  • Associates 104
  • Fellows 28
  • Honorary Fellows 21
  • Total 1621
  • Staff of Corporate Partners - 1264
  • Corporate Partners - 83

NZCS Recent Events
  • New High Profile CEO - Mr Douglas White
  • New up market premises - 158 The Terrace,
  • New lean National Council structure 8
    councilors plus CEO

Two NZCS Projects
  • Certification a senior team of five to research
    other professional groups in NZ and other
    Computer Societies. Good support from our
    members, major industry players, the educational
    sector and government. We expect to have a plan
    by the beginning of November.

NZCS Scholarships
  • Currently 10 scholarships.
  • This year we are expecting to increase by 300.
  • We are hoping to involve our corporate partners
    in sponsoring more scholarships

Some of New Zealands business advantages include
  • A highly educated, flexible and multi-skilled
  • Property costs among the most competitive in the
  • Unencumbered free movement of capital
  • A simple tax system with a corporate tax rate of
    just 33 and minimal (and in most cases zero)
    capital gains tax
  • Overall tax paid by international companies in
    New Zealand, optimized by international tax
  • 100 tax deductibility for RD
  • One of the lowest average tariff rates in the

ICT in New Zealand
  • New Zealand is regarded as one of the most
    innovative, entrepreneurial countries in the
    world. Its pioneering, can-do attitude continues
    to allow this tiny (only four million people)
    country to continually punch well above its
    weight in global markets. It is home to a number
    of companies that are currently leading the world
    in a variety of market sectors - including GPS
    and radio communications - and is increasingly
    recognised for its creative technology such as
    the Weta Digital solutions in the Lord of the
    Rings trilogy.

  • Often a test bed for emerging technologies, New
    Zealand is a country of early-adopters with one
    of the world's highest rates of internet, mobile
    phone and electronic transfer technologies.

2. Major Issues facing the use and/or growth of
ICT in New Zealand
Broadband in NZ
  • High Cost
  • Low penetration
  • Poor government backing, either winner takes all
    or fence sitting
  • Relative High cost countries with higher costs
    Czech Republic, Greece and Estonia

Current state in NZ
  • Power of the old state owned phone companies to
    sustain their monopolies in anti-competitive ways
  • Daunting competition issues inherent in network
    industries with many bottleneck facilities
  • Necessity for interconnection
  • Vertical integration of dominant players
  • Radio spectrum administration
  • Number administration
  • Cell sites
  • Without strong regulation, ie Government fence
    sitting, there is a high risk of winner takes

Broadband prices 100kbit/s as of monthly
3. ICT Best Practices or Innovations The Health
IT Cluster
Health IT
  • On line medical records subject to privacy
  • Remote surgical services with on line specialist
  • On line radiography
  • Video conferencing/diagnostics support rural
  • On line communication between GPs, Pharmacists,

The Health IT Cluster
  • The cluster is made up of health industry
    software vendors, health care providers,
    government and university departments and other
    suppliers and health professionals, all dedicated
    to working together in New Zealand and in global
    markets to improve patient and community health
    care through better use of information and
    telecommunication technology

The Health IT cluster
  • has a rapidly growing list of products equal to,
    and in some instances better than international
    alternatives, and that the Health IT Clusters
    products are very cost-competitive. Several
    products from the cluster have technology
    leadership and some also have international
    market share leadership (or are challenging for
    it) in the following market segments

  • EMR/EHR systems
  • Primary care systems
  • Disease management
  • Decision support
  • Clinical information repositories
  • Browser based portals
  • Dental software
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology systems
  • www-based hospital clinical applications
  • National health data networks
  • HL7 communications and integration tools
  • Clinical audit
  • Departmental pathology (such as anatomical

Health IT Industry Facts
  • The typical growth rate of a successful health IT
    company is 50-200
  • New Zealands forecast annual revenue is more
    than NZ 110 million, of which 70 million is
    made up of export revenue
  • Health IT occupies 12 of NZs computer
    services/software sales
  • The expected growth rate of this industry is more
    than 70.
  • Over 1000 people are employed in health IT
  • New Zealand is a very advanced country in health
    IT infrastructure. For instance, it has a single
    national patient identifier system, adverse
    medical reaction system, a nationwide health data
  • 90 of all General Practitioners have an EMR
  • 95 of electronic laboratory and radiology
    results are delivered via the data network and
    many more areas of e-enablement in the health
  • Web portal technologies are installed in 60 of
    New Zealand hospitals

Sample of recent successes
  • Use of JCC extends to Australias NT
  • i-Health Clinician View Implemented at Lakeland
  • Orion System Helps Middlemore Hospitals ER
    Delivers Better, Faster Care  
  • Peninsula Health Goes Live with Orion System's
    Electronic Orders 
  • Wangaratta District Base Hospital to Connect
    Clinicians Online
  • Delphic Eclair in a Multiple Hospital and
    Laboratory Environment
  • MedTech's Electronic Forms Solution
  • Royal District Nursing Services of Victoria use

Significant Products
  • New Zealand-developed dental software accounted
    for 50 of all dental software sales in the
    United Kingdom in fiscal 2002
  • Clinical guideline software that integrates
    directly with a physicians workflow tools
  • World leading electronic breast cancer screening
    programme tracking systems
  • The worlds first practice management system for
    ophthalmologists that integrates and interfaces
    with third party ophthalmology applications

Innovation in Health IT
  • A nationwide Health Index technology, with a
    unique identifier code for every patient
  • The worlds first 'voice-to-text' digital
    dictation system, which can be used by clinicians
    remotely over the Internet.
  • Remote/wireless patient information systems for
    mobile dental therapists that can communicate via
    modem or cellular networks
  • Centralised, automated electronic coordination of
    region-wide disease management projects, across
    multiple remote providers. Currently used for
    childhood immunisation, diabetes and hepatitis B
    management programmes in New Zealand
  • Nationwide health data networks, connecting
    hospitals, laboratories, radiology services and
    primary care physicians. In New Zealand, 90 of
    primary care physicians and 100 of laboratories
    communicate via a secure health data network
    every day
  • World leading biomechanics systems are being
    developed by New Zealand universities

The Worlds First
  • commercial HL7 and XML clinical messaging
    toolkit, now sold to hospitals and software
    vendors worldwide
  • voice-to-text digital dictation system, which
    can be used by clinicians remotely over the
  • practice management system for ophthalmologists
    that integrates and interfaces with third party
    ophthalmology applications

Bruce McLean MNZCS