As the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc on industries worldwide in 2020, it also spurred rapid and long-awaited change in others.
The health technology sector, for example, has seen unprecedented growth over the last year, with healthcare providers around the globe forced to implement telehealth and remote working quickly and at scale—all in a historically slow-moving sector.
Particularly in New Zealand, healthcare systems—both public and private—still rely on worryingly outdated technology. In June of 2019, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health updated their guidance, giving providers a year and a half to phase out fax machines—guidance which they have since indefinitely delayed. Paper-based systems still reign supreme in many healthcare settings, meaning millions of important datapoints are unable to be studied, secured, or shared between providers.
Despite all this, a vibrant Kiwi startup community is working to push New Zealand’s health tech space to new heights—with Postman’s support.