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Mark Corbitt appointed as Patients First Chief Executive Officer

Media Release – 15th May 2020 The Board of Patients First has appointed Mark Corbitt as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mark will replace current CEO Helmut Modlik, who announced his resignation in early March 2020.  In accepting the role at Patients First, Mark said “the opportunity to be part of a not-for-profit that marries technology and health is exciting. It’s also great to…
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How to use Zoom securely

Many people and organisations across the globe are turning to online video conferencing solutions to enable continuity of communication and social interaction. Among this there has been a concerted effort for New Zealand health providers to reduce face-to-face consults in favour of virtual, after the government announced a $20 million investment in telehealth amid the battle against Covid-19.   While there are many video conferencing tools available, Zoom has surged in popularity. With its widespread usage, Zoom has become a major target for…
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Patients First welcomes Liz Stockley to the Board

We are delighted to announce that Liz Stockley has joined the Patients First Board. Liz was appointed in mid-February 2020 and said she looks forward to bringing her “experience of organised primary care and governance to support the next steps in the evolution of the organisation.” Liz has been part of the health sector since…
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Position Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer

Following the announcement from departing CEO, Helmut Modlik, Patients First are seeking applications for a replacement Chief Executive Officer.

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Cybersecurity advisory for Telework and Telehealth in response to COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will force many healthcare organisations to consider remote workplace options for their employees (VPN), new ways to interact with their patients (telehealth) and third-party communication (video conferencing/file share). Some options can be secure when implemented properly, though if implemented in a rush or not properly maintained, may pose a significant risk.…
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Patients First sells ‘Conporto Health’ and steps back from commercial activity

Patients First has started 2020 with a renewed focus on its core role in the health sector, relinquishing its commercial interests and concentrating on its work in ‘the commons’. Helmut Modlik, Patients First Chief Executive, said “we’re refocusing ourselves entirely around our work as a charity acting for the public good as a trusted adviser…
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OWASP New Zealand Day 2020

Buzzing about information security at OWASP New Zealand Day 2020

Don’t let the acronym put you off – we weren’t subjected to any nasty stings at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) New Zealand Day. But we certainly learned plenty about the misconceptions, challenges and harsh realities of information security in New Zealand.  Consisting of a two-day training course and a one-day conference, OWASP…
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Conporto Health integrates secure email service ‘hMael’ with Outlook

In the final months of a busy and successful year, staff at Conporto Health have recently launched a fully integrated version of hMael for Microsoft Outlook and a new hMael Windows application.

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Cyber Smart Week 2019

Are you secure online?Make sure of it. Patients First, Conporto Health and Medical IT Advisors are proud to be official partners of the 2019 Cyber Smart Week, New Zealand’s national cyber security awareness week aimed at helping New Zealanders protect themselves online, a CERTNZ initiative.   New Zealand Health Information Security Requirements An organisation that…
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SNOMED Developer Education Days – Book your spot!

Registrations have now closed as event is full. SNOMED International and HISO are running two SNOMED Developer Education Days, located in Christchurch and Auckland in November. They are seeking genuine software developers and devops people who want to learn the ins and outs of building SNOMED queries into their software and using SNOMED International terminology…
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Securing your email with TLS

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol that secures communication over a network by using certificates to encrypt a connection between computers. TLS is the successor of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). The simplest example is your banking website; TLS makes the difference between the HTTP (unencrypted) and HTTPS (encrypted) traffic. For email it is…
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