Samsung Australia hosts first Healthcare Smart Summit

Nov 28. 2017

 Clinical trial announced with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia – November 29, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Australia is today hosting its first annual Healthcare Smart Summit, establishing its commitment to the development of innovative healthcare and wellness services for Australians through collaboration with software developers, healthcare providers and medical experts.

Samsung will host a sector wide summit involving major healthcare organisations and solution partners in Sydney for a day of panel discussion and debate on important issues facing the sector. The purpose will be for Smart Summit participants to explore how technology can be applied to improving patient care, clinical care and wellness.

“We strive to develop technology that improves the lives of Australians, and this is never more important than when it comes to health and wellbeing,” said Steven Sherry, Vice President of business and enterprise mobility at Samsung Australia. “We’re thrilled that through the Smart Summit we’re able to bring so many experts together, encouraging a culture of collaboration that will potentially help the healthcare community in Australia and around the world.”

At the Smart Summit, Samsung is announcing a new clinical trial with the St Vincent’s Hospital Department of Pain Medicine and UNSW Art and Design. The trial will see patients take part in a clinical trial that will investigate virtual reality (VR) for acute pain management1. The trial will use Samsung’s smartphones and Gear VR technology to evaluate their potential use as a treatment for acute pain1. The study will also investigate potential side effects, cost-efficiency, toxicity, and ability to reduce risk of opioid dependency1.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Samsung on this innovative study,” said A/Prof Anthony Schembri, CEO, St Vincent's Health Network Sydney. “By harnessing the power of Samsung’s virtual reality technology, we’re proud to possibly uncover the potential of a pain management program that looks at new ways of helping our patients in their recovery.”

Key note speakers at the Smart Summit include:

• Danny Mandrides Head of Sales, Enterprise and Small Medium Business Mobility Division at Samsung Australia

• Dr David Rhew, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Healthcare and Fitness at Samsung Electronics America

• Nick Dawson, Knox Strategy and Business Development at Samsung Electronics

• Jeh Kazimi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Breezie, Alexandra Zammit, Chief Executive Officer at Thomas Holt

• Dr Glenn Singleman, Corey Snell, Chief Information Officer at Catholic Healthcare Ltd

• Neil Roper, IT and Infrastructure Manager at Arcare

• Dr Michael Wilson

• Dr Bryan Tan, Physician Executive at Cerner Corporation

• Aaron Burt, Acting Chief Information Officer at Silver Chain Group


Samsung’s current healthcare partner solutions:

• IrisVision – an innovative medical device that helps provide a solution for sufferers of vision impairment using virtual reality technology. Nothing in this document constitutes medical advice. Anyone interested in using IrisVision must consult their qualified medical professional before proceeding.

• Breezie – a tablet solution designed for seniors that curates popular existing internet applications, content, and services, provides an online portal that family and caregivers can use to select services relevant to the user, and an interface that is designed to be radically simplified and personalised for the senior user. Discover more here.



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1. St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. Data on File.