TIKI Tour at the Auckland City Hospital

Quotes from TIKI tour attendants.

The TIKI (Technology Innovation and Knowledge Interchange) Tour is an event that takes New Zealand’s latest medical technology innovation to staff at the District Health Boards. An effort initiated by Dr Diana Siew, co-Chair of the Consortium of Medical Device Technologies (CMDT) and Associate Director of the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE), TIKI Tours are held at interested hospitals with the aim of providing a convenient platform that facilitates networking and dialogue between healthcare professionals, researchers and the industry.

The TIKI Tour visited Auckland City Hospital on 01 May 2017. Hosted by the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) in conjunction with the CMDT and the MedTech CoRE, this Tour was led by Dr Andrew Old, Chief of Strategy, Participation and Improvement and Dr Margaret Wilsher, Chief Medical Officer from the Auckland District Health Board. With an attendance of over 100 ADHB staff including senior executives, clinicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, as well patient families, the event was received with very positive feedback.

Technologies featured were those that matched the ADHB’s areas of interest with participants coming from industry, the MedTech CoRE and ADHB research groups. Collaborative ventures between ADHB and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) were also highlighted. The focus of the Tour and associated participants were:

  • Rehabilitation: Rex Bionics, AbleX Healthcare
  • Education support: kuraCloud , Healthpoint, The Clinician, Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab*
  • Self-management and self care technology: Adherium, Melon Health
  • Automation, sensing and tracking: BUPA
  • Health and safety: Endotechnologies, Veriphi
  • Virtual reality in health: ADHB
  • Pulmonary medicine**: ABI and ADHB
  • Tissue geometry and measurements: ABI
  • Rehabilitation Innovation Centre: AUT

* The Design for Health & Wellbeing Lab is a collaborative venture between AUT and the ADHB.**“Pulmonary medicine” is a collaborative research programme between Professor Merryn Tawhai from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Dr Margaret Wilsher from the ADHB.

The TIKI Tour is stopping in Wellington next later this year.

A collage of photos from the TIKI tour.