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“We live in a relatively small country that struggles to match other bigger countries with money, so why not match them with ideas.”  Seemingly the domain of science-fiction, Dr Stu Gowland paints a number of real scenarios – mobile surgical services, augmented reality and teleporting video collaboration – that are helping to shape the Health Service of the future.

Dr Stu Gowland is a senior medical consultant and surgeon who lead the project to provide rural New Zealand with a mobile surgical bus. This endeavor brought safe day surgery to heartland communities, as well as developing video communication facilities which allowed rural practitioners access to the latest medical advances coming from medical specialists elsewhere. The idea emerged from a health think-tank in 1999, and the bus now regularly visits twenty rural hospitals across New Zealand and has operated on over 4000 patients.

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