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Samuel Wong - Chair EPHIG

Samuel has a long-standing passion for all things related to health systems, digital enabling technologies, and data. His background in health informatics spans nearly 20 years, with experiences covering clinical record management in hospitals; social, health, and disability statistics at Statistics NZ; and working in senior analytics lead or data governance/architect roles across primary health organisations, national emergency ambulance services, and national telehealth services. Throughout this time, Samuel's health informatics collaborations have extended to most of the directorates at the Ministry of Health, ESR as well as research & development start-ups across Medtech/Biotech industries. Recently, he joined the Health IT industry, with a focus on patient-centered products and clinical data science research collaborations with Precision Driven Health.

Samuel holds a BSc (Biomedical Sciences) and a PGDipSci (Medical Sciences) from the University of Auckland. For seven years, he also clinically practiced as an Emergency Medical Technician for St John. In 2018, he completed Stanford University's LEAD: Corporate Innovation Certificate under the healthcare innovations workstream.

Samuel currently serve as the Chair of the DHA's Emerging Personalised Healthcare Industry Group (EPHIG), as well as actively participating on the NZ Telehealth Leadership Group as the industry's representative, serving as the Co-chair/deputy chair of NZTLG's Digital Enablers and Data Standards working groups. In addition, Samuel is a member of the Ministry of Health ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics National Mirror Committee.

Samuel's interests include ensuring digital enablers are culturally well designed, adequately implemented with meaningful measures, and optimising patient journeys and clinical outcomes. This involves having to discover various health system workflows, the impact of local pathways, and system levers such as policy or contract impact. Using appropriate standards-driven analytics helps promote workforce development, pragmatic process improvements, and informs information governance mechanisms that allow for the realisation of equitable patient-centred care across Aotearoa.

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