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A big data approach for challenges in health tech:
Is health research ready to be tackled with inclusive open data settings?

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) report, usage of big data is growing faster in healthcare. As global connectivity increases and technology flourishes, healthcare has undergone a wave of digitisation leaving researchers hopeful in translating clinical knowledge to find cures, improve patients’ quality of life, preventative measures and increase preventable care. Big data has been described as volume, velocity, and variety, and with new massive sources of information, such as genomic identity and global patient environment, provides an opportunity for unconventional ways of understanding complex diseases.

But how feasible are these open and data-driven approaches in the health tech space? Is health research ready to be tackled with inclusive open data settings?

The first Global Business Innovation Conversation for 2019 will explore digital health and bring together experts to discuss:

  • What is the value of open data to tackle challenges in health?

  • How can we ethically handle patient and health data?

  • How can we put in place inclusive data initiatives for tackling challenges in health tech?

  • How should the Australian health space tackle these challenges?

  • How can we build viable health tech start-ups in Australia?

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Bronwyn is the co-founder of ANDHealth and the chief architect of the ANDHealth+ program, Australia's first and only accelerator program dedicated to supporting the international growth strategies mid-stage digital health companies. ANDHealth is also the only female founded, female managed and majority female governed accelerator in Australia and the organisation is a strong advocate for gender diversity in science, technology and finance.

Chief architect of the ANDHealth+ program, which is provides critical support to Australian mid-stage digital health companies to enable them to meet key investor, partner and customer requirements in relation to both clinical and commercial validation.


Bronwyn Le Grice



Dr Olga Kokshagina is an Innovation practitioner, researcher and advocate for open science and entrepreneurship. Olga leads the ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) special interest group on Innovation Management Methods for Industry and acts as a Scientific coordinator for ISPIM.

She is also the leader of Melbourne hub, OneHealthTech grassroots community that aims for a better inclusion in healthtech.


Dr Olga Kokshagina, Ph.D

vc Research fellow in innovation and entrepreneurship
rmit university



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Professor Dorota Gertig

Medical Director for the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR)
Telstra Health

Since July 2016, Dorota has been the Medical Director of the NCSR, playing a key role in implementation of the Register. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Professor Gertig was the Medical Director of the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry for more than 10 years and was responsible for the implementation of the National HPV Vaccination Register (NHVPR) and was the inaugural Medical Director of NHVPR until 2010.  

Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus is on policy relevant research and impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening. 


Rallas Buttriss


Rallas acts within the health portfolio to drive the increased use of Digital Business and Innovative IT Strategies to improve the ability of healthcare professionals and provide the best outcomes for patients.

By adopting "patient centric" design principles and applying innovative, cutting lead technologies DB Results is leading the implementation of HELPful solutions across Australasia.


Renee Newman Knake

fulbright distinguished chair in innovation and entrepreneurship, rmit university
doherty chair in legal ethics, univ. of houston

Renee currently holds the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University for 2019.

She also is a Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, where she holds the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics.

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David Stephens

Chief data officer
department of health and human services (dhhs)

David is currently Chief Data Officer at the Dept of Health and Human Services.

He previously worked for 10 years in the Queensland departments of Communities, Disability Services and Health in range of roles including Director Strategy, Investment & Architecture; Director Information Management; Assistant Director Investment Office and Manager Online Information Management.