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International Expert Shows Us the Future of Healthcare

By Heather Roy
23 Jun 2014

Dr Daniel Kraft, an international expert in innovative health care visiting Wellington this week, says New Zealand is delivering exciting innovations in medicines and vaccines that will deliver health benefits around the world.

Dr Kraft, the Chair of the Medicine Track at Singularity University in the US, says innovations in medicines and vaccines are changing the future of health care, and New Zealand institutes are conducting exciting research on using these innovations to tackle local health issues.

"The future of healthcare is going to be extraordinarily different from today. Communities all over the world are grappling with issues of aging populations, rising costs of hospital care, and big data. At the same time, there are huge opportunities, even with existing technologies – smart phones, robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence – to totally disrupt and reinvent healthcare to make it faster, cheaper, smarter, cheaper and more personalised," said Dr Kraft.

"For every country, keeping up with the latest innovations in health care and medicines is vital to solving the local health issues of today."

"New Zealand's investment in research for innovative new treatments, like a vaccine for rheumatic fever, show the important role innovative medicines and vaccines have in ensuring the health of all New Zealanders" "not only through treatment but also for the prevention of diseases."

The Chair of Medicines New Zealand, Mrs Heather Roy, said New Zealand needs more public-private partnerships, like that used to fund rheumatic fever research, to invest in the future of innovative medicines and vaccines, to ensure Kiwis have the right treatments, when they need them, in order to ensure their long-term health.

"The medicines industry invests $100 million dollars a year in New Zealand (equal to 12 per cent of PHARMAC's budget) for the development of new medicines. It is this type of investment in innovative medicines and vaccines that can drastically reduce the cost of healthcare in the future, by preventing treatable diseases from causing lifelong damage," said Mrs Roy.

About Dr Daniel Kraft:

Dr Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.

With over 20-years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Dr Kraft has chaired the Medicine Track for Singularity University since its inception and chair the annual Exponential Medicine conference (ExponentialMedicine.com) a programme which brings together innovators to shape the future of health and medicine.

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