Health Information Standards Organisation committee members

Health Information Standards Organisation committee members are drawn from a number of different organisations and groups.

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Current members are:


Member profiles

Photo of Alastair. Chair – Alastair Kenworthy (Ministry of Health)

Alastair is the technical lead for data and digital standards at the Ministry of Health and chairs the HISO committee. He works actively with health providers and their industry partners to ensure the right standards are in place to add value to our health system. ​

Alastair represents New Zealand on the SNOMED International General Assembly and is the current chair of the Member Forum.

Photo of Zeeman van der Merwe. Vice Chair – Zeeman van der Merwe (Accident Compensation Corporation)

Zeeman van der Merwe, Information Consultant with ACC, has actively promoted a collaborative approach across government and the private sector as a member of HISO and advocate for information standards. Zeeman chaired the committee 2013–18 and remains the vice-chair. At ACC, he liaises with various internal and external organisations on information strategy and the sharing of information to support the business and enable decision making.

Being a member of several other governance, standards and ethics groups provides Zeeman a platform for promoting cooperation and innovation in digital health. Qualifications and experience in economics, strategic marketing, information management and business intelligence in various sectors enables a broad perspective and many varied points of view that assist in understanding and evaluating potential solutions and finding consensus.

Photo of Alastair. Wendy Bennett (Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards)

Wendy is currently Planning and Health Intelligence Manager for the joint Auckland and Waitemata DHB Planning, Funding and Outcomes team. 

The team is responsible for overseeing corporate planning and non-financial accountability functions as well as population health intelligence for both DHBs and community engagement functions for Waitemata DHB. 

Wendy has had an extensive career in analytical and clinical (nursing) roles both in New Zealand and the UK.

Photo of Karen. Karen Blake (Health Alliance)

With more than 20 years in the health sector, Karen’s experience spans midwifery practice in both Australia and New Zealand as well as time spent in management, education and senior policy roles.

She brings together the worlds of clinical practice and IT systems and processes through her work as a clinical informatician at healthAlliance. Karen is also an HL7NZ board member, Co-chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, and is a volunteer operational firefighter with FENZ.

Photo of John Carter. John Carter (HealthLink)

John Carter is Chief Technology Officer at HealthLink. He brings more than 25 years of health information technology leadership to his role overseeing HealthLink’s software development and information technology departments.

Before moving to New Zealand and joining HealthLink in 2017, he was Vice President at Apelon, Inc., a US-based professional services firm specialising in the implementation of data standards and controlled healthcare vocabularies. While at Apelon, John worked on projects for government agencies in the US, Canada, Australia, France, and the Philippines, as well as numerous US and international NGO and commercial clients. John is on the board of Health Level 7 New Zealand and is an active participant in standards development activities.

He holds an MBA, Finance from Webster University (St. Louis, USA) and was a US National Library of Medicine fellow in medical informatics at the University of Utah.

Photo of Dr Nader Fattah. Dr Nader Fattah (Think Hauora)

Nader is a British medical graduate and a practicing GP of more than 15 years, attaining membership of the Royal College of GPs (UK) in 2005. After gaining his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree at the University of Dundee, Nader worked as a GP in Scotland, in diverse urban and rural settings. He took the opportunity to experience New Zealand in 2003, working in Palmerton North Hospital for one year. His love of Aotearoa, its land, people and culture inevitably drew him to settling permanently with his wife in 2010.

As well as clinical practice in both Whakapai Hauora and YOSS, Palmerston North, Nader is committed to advancing high quality delivery of care to consumers, Chairing the THINK Hauora Clinical Board. His role as Medical Advisor leverages his extensive Primary Care experience to provide leadership across many PHO clinical and business services in the MidCentral district.

Nader is a Trustee of Think Hauora’s (formerly Central PHO) Board, member of the Senior Leadership Team, Information Governance Committee, MidCentral DHB Clinical and Pharmacy Boards, Clinical Council and ICT Reference Advisory Group. His membership of local, regional and national Boards has allowed Nader to cultivate a rich skill set in both clinical, IT and business governance. Nader has a lifelong interest in technology that drives his pursuit of ICT to enhance people’s health and empower their lives.

Photo of John Fountain. John Fountain (BPAC NZ)

John is a doctor of medicine and Clinical Advisor at BPACnz (Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand), and holds a position as Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Department of General Practice and Rural Health at the University of Otago. He has particular interests in health informatics, is SNOMED CT (Standardised Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms) trained, and has represented New Zealand on the SNOMED International Content Management Advisory Group.

John has contributed to various Ministry of Health Work Groups to further the use of information technology including the Medical Devices Working Group, SNOMED CT Implementation Working Group and Adverse Reaction Reporting Standards Working Group (Chairing the later two Groups). He works on both national and international software development projects and is actively involved in the development of health information standards, the application of health informatics to improve health outcomes, and has a strong interest in medicines safety with his research published internationally.

Photo of Rebecca. Rebecca George (Canterbury District Health Board)

As Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury DHB, Becky is a member of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and a registered Occupational Therapist. She has a passion to raise the profile for all Allied Health professions – using data, information and emerging technology to provide clarity and visibility of their impact value.

As chair of the Allied Health National Data Collaborative and co-author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard she works towards connecting the Allied Health workforce with the power of information. She is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Group (HISO), an elected board member of HiNZ and contributes to the leadership of Allied Health Informatics both locally and regionally. She is involved in the use and development of emerging technology, devices and digital solutions that support clinical staff. As well as the integration, collection, analysis and presentation of clinical data. For this work she was honoured to be a finalist in the ITX, IT Awards for Excellence in Digital Health 2018.

The development of robust data and information systems provide key insights and improve outcomes for patients, Becky continually advocates for the inclusion of and collaboration with the valuable services of Allied Health professions.

Photo of David. David Hay (Consultant)

David is a consultant specialising in HL7 FHIR and working with a number of organisations including Rhapsody, The Ministry of Health in New Zealand, HL7 International and CSIRO in Australia.

David graduated from Medical School in 1981, but after a few years of clinical practice moved into the Health IT sector where he has remained since then. He is the author of clinFHIR – a design and educational tool for FHIR.

He is active in the international standards community, travelling widely to give talks about FHIR and related topics. He is an HL7 Fellow, and chair emeritus of HL7 New Zealand, HISO member  as well as a co-chair of the FHIR Management Group, charged with guiding the development of the latest HL7 Standard.

Photo of Stanil. Stanil Stanilov (Standards New Zealand)

Stanil is the Team Leader Standards Development at Standards New Zealand. Stanil and his team are responsible for primary relationships with new and existing commissioners for the development of standards, national standards bodies, and relationships with committee members. The team is focused on delivering standards and other documents that are of high quality, on time, on budget, and ultimately satisfy the needs of customers, consumers, and sponsors.

Prior to his role at SNZ, Stanil was a Senior Advisor at the Licensed Building Practitioners scheme within MBIE where he guided a nationwide network of building and construction assessors and played a leading role in development and implementation of regulatory policy, including the LBP Skills Maintenance Scheme. Stanil is a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and Certified Microsoft Office Professional.

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