Patients First Board welcomes Matt Hector-Taylor as their newest member
The Board of Patients First is pleased to announce their newest member, Matt Hector Taylor.
Matt has worked in the New Zealand health system since 1997. His focus initially was on organisation change and service redesign. He started working with IT in health in 1998-99, co-founding health IT consulting and implementation company HealthMAP. He was involved in the WAVE project, the establishment of a number of national data collections and engaged by Auckland DHB to develop their IS strategy in 2000. From 2001-2004, he led the Process and System redesign programme at ADHB as they built their new Auckland City Hospital and Green Lane Clinical Centre. He worked there alongside his business partner who delivered the corresponding Patient and Clinical IS programme. This work included the establishment of the Auckland Metro instance of Eclair that became TestSafe.
Recognising the need for more integrated and person-centric health service delivery and the challenge of technology enablement for shared care, Matt co-founded software company Healthphone in 2004 (subsequently HSAGlobal) developing a number of shared care solutions. For the next 11 years Matt worked in various health systems in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK and the USA trying to enable joined up care and picking up some valuable lessons along the way.
In 2016, Matt co-founded IoT Ventures, a company built to deliver end to end solutions using long-range, low power Internet of Things technologies. In 2017 he was engaged by the Northern Region DHBs and healthAlliance to develop the region’s Information Systems Strategic Plan and has worked since part-time as Northern Region Director of Health IS Strategy.
‘I am excited to join Patients First as the Health Reforms gather momentum. Decisions the sector makes over the next 24 months will set the stage for the next generation of healthcare’ says Matt. ‘Three important things for the reform agenda are: ensuring interoperability in the primary and community care space; supporting effective commissioning and delivery of locality-based services; incorporating Tier One IS needs into the broader sector thinking. Patients First is ideally placed to play a role in these areas.’