Dr Robyn Whittaker – Associate Director
National Institute for Health Innovation
Co-leader Health Informatics and Technology
Dr Robyn Whittaker is a public health physician and programme co-leader of Health Informatics and Technology at the National Institute for Health Innovation. Her research is in mobile health (mHealth), particularly developing health interventions to be delivered using mobile communications technology. She has been PI on several randomised controlled trials of mHealth interventions including video messaging for smoking cessation, multimedia messaging for the prevention of depression, and text messaging for diabetes self-management support. Others have included text messaging and internet programmes for weight management, alcohol brief intervention, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Dr Whittaker also works at Waitemata District Health Board as Clinical Director of innovation in the Institute for Innovation and Improvement. In this role she leads the Leapfrog Programme of strategic projects, including the enterprise-wide implementation of several health IT solutions. This programme has helped Waitemata DHB to become a leader in digitisation of clinical systems including ePrescribing and Administration, eVitals and nursing assessments, eOrdering, smartphone apps for clinicians, telehealth and patient experience/outcomes reporting.
She was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice 2010-11 in the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services in the USA. She is an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation/International Telecommunications Union on their global mHealth initiative supporting governments to implement mHealth. She is a member of the NZ Telehealth Forum Leadership Group, Clinical and Technology Advisory Group for Health Informatics NZ, and an Associate Editor of Digital Medicine npj.
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