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John Macaskill-Smith


GP24 John Macaskill Smith

Panel | Privacy and AI: What is the true cost to patient privacy?
Friday 26 July | 11.30am

As CEO of Spark Health, John Macaskill-Smith brings extensive expertise in both public and private health sectors to the forefront of digital health innovation in New Zealand. His career includes senior roles at the HFA, MoH, and various private health entities, where he pioneered innovative approaches to sector challenges across New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East, and the UK. John also played a pivotal role in the growth of early-stage health startup Tend, expanding their network from one clinic to 27.

His leadership in primary care saw the introduction of the original "Health Care Home," the establishment of Indici, and the integration of Pharmacogenomics during his tenures as CEO of Pinnacle, Midlands Health, and Ventures.

At Spark Health, John is dedicated to leveraging advanced digital technologies to enhance patient care and streamline system and service delivery. He is committed to reducing digital inequities across public, primary, community, and private sectors, and improving access to and utilization of primary and community data.

In addition to his role at Spark Health, John holds various governance positions in education, animal health, and several startups.