Patient Day 2017

Doctors and patients talk about the impact of U.S. medical technologies in New Zealand. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland.

This year New Zealand took part in the United States Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service’s Patient Day Global Forum Series. The global series is happening from March through October 2017 in countries around the world including China, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Austria, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Taiwan. The purpose of the Patient Day Global Forum Series is to highlight how U.S. technology is improving lives.

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown addresses the audience at New Zealand Patient Day. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown addresses the audience at New Zealand Patient Day. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

New Zealand’s Patient Day happened on August 3, 2017 in Auckland City Center with a number of U.S. companies presenting. Varian Medical Systems highlighted the positive impacts of U.S. technologies for oncology and surgery.  Doctors shared how technologies such as TAVI, a minimally invasive surgical procedure for heart valve replacements and radiotherapy for head and neck oncology have improved doctors’ decisions. Patients likewise shared their experiences with improved recovery times and quality of life.

PwC New Zealand graciously hosted the New Zealand Patient Day event. Executive Director, Hadley Slade-Jones, shared success stories of how PwC New Zealand is accelerating innovation in healthcare. For example, the DoubleJump Interchange system from South Texas is being used in South Auckland to address chronic diseases such as diabetes and lifestyle non-communicable diseases.

New Zealand Patient Day celebrated U.S. medical technology with presentations from local doctors and patients talking about how technologies have changed their clinical decisions and lives.  Overall attendees greatly appreciated the event and opportunity to hear about the impact of innovative technology from multiple perspectives. The U.S. Embassy New Zealand is proud to have supported this event.