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New smart screening technology

Delivering personalised healthcare and precision treatment.



The global coronavirus pandemic has already caused an enormous strain on healthcare resources around the world and it’s leading to a shift in how healthcare is offered.

Startup Marvel Health is debuting its global launch in New Zealand.

Having successfully operated its mother clinic MedB in Spain for the past seven years, which draws patients from all over Europe, Marvel Health is expanding a tech-focused smart health medical practise into locations across New Zealand, starting in Canterbury.

“What we are dealing with across the globe is an immune system crisis. The leading causes of that crisis are the environmental pollutants, food and chemical toxicity, and poor nutrition the modern human is exposed to,” co-founder Dr Machi Mannu says.

“We are focused on accurate diagnosis, followed by personalised science-based natural therapy that brings the body back into balance so it can do what it is designed to do, heal itself. People have forgotten the human body is designed for self-repair and to stay strong, when it is in a balanced state.”

Marvel Health’s primary differentiator is its focus on in-depth diagnostics, which leads to precise and individualised therapy that targets specific problems to achieve the fastest and best possible outcome.

The diagnosis is established with an in-person visit for a full body scan that records a vast number of readings.

From the data a personalised report is created and the online tele doctor reviews the reports in detail with the patient.

The scan reads over 10,000 pathological processes from the body and can detect many hidden causes of diseases, including viruses, bacteria, environmental toxins (lead, mercury, mycotoxins), food sensitivities and allergens, EMF sensitivities and micronutrient deficiencies.

These problems will eventually cause chronic inflammation which is the underlying cause of nearly all disease.

By detecting these hidden causes, patients can be provided with a complete therapy that includes in-depth nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to keep their systems healthy.

This approach provides a whole new level of remote care, over and above what’s typically defined as ‘telemedicine’, which generally amounts to little more than video calls with doctors.

Their approach includes educating patients to understand and take control of their health.

Patients can access all their reports from the Patient Portal as well as cutting edge education about their conditions and the therapy prescribed.

After the scan and analysis, Marvel Health emails the patient their personalised report and charts, so they can follow and understand them during their 45 minute consultation with the online/ tele doctor.

The scan is non-invasive and contactless.

The team follows strict clinical guidelines, uses disposable covers and sterilises all surfaces and contact points between appointments.

Only one patient is seen at a time and one metre distancing is maintained throughout the procedure.

In the coming month The Company is helping people stay healthy in this Covid-crisis by adding a free 10 minute immune system consultation to the main 45 minute consultation with the doctor. Unit 13/6 Cone Street, Rangiora and Level 1, Regus, Awly Building, 293 Durham St, Christchurch.

Phone 03 669 5410.


Making medication easy

Embracing innovation and technology, Unichem Prestons’ new robotic packing machine will result in many benefits for patients, including compliancy and convenience.



Owner Ed Dawwas has been operating a Robotic Dispensing Machine at the Woodham Road Pharmacy for the past two years, and was so impressed with the impact of this medication sachet system on patient compliance, that he decided to bring it to Prestons.

He says the system is an excellent way to manage a patient’s medication and ensures that patients take the right medication, at the right dose, at the right time.

Medications are conveniently packed into the sachets at the appropriate dose times, and each individual dose is labelled with the patient’s name, dose time and the medicines to be taken at the specified time.

“The medication sachet system is especially good for making it easy to remember to take your medications, customers who are on multiple medications or complicated regimens, customers who are travelling or needing to take medications away with them (for day trips, lunch excursions) and safety as all medications are in one place and can be easily stored.”

It also provides patients with a continual supply of medications, so they never feel like they’re going to be caught short without them.

When they are due to pick up a new supply of medicines, patients receive automatic reminders, and there’s flexible, daily delivery options for the local community.

“We have a great community, and we would like them to benefit from this service,” Ed says.

For more information, phone 03 281 7889 or email


Make your home smarter

New Zealand made smart home system, ECONX, is an easy-to-use app from an innovative Kiwi success story, according to happy local customers.



Providing reliable security and automation in a simple, affordable and convenient manner directly from your phone, ECONX connects everything from security, doors, heating and lighting, so you can control them from anywhere in the world.

With first-hand experience of the system, Christchurch customers Tim and Catherine Talbot describe ECONX as good value for money, and “so easy to use”.

You can set it up on your computer then forget about it! You control it with the app and you can easily make adjustments to suit changing requirements.

Plus, you’re able to give access to people through the app when no one’s around, and keep a log of entries and exits.”

Catherine says installing ECONX was one of the first features they decided to include when building a new home.

They both rate it as the easiest way to control heat pumps and the integrated alarm system also includes smoke detectors.

“We’ve noticed cost savings, as all the towel rails and underfloor heating are all on timers so you can make use of off-peak power.

You even have the power to turn the lights on before you get home.”

They’re just so easy to do business with, Catherine says.

“Anthony always has time for you, no matter the simplicity of your questions, and wrestles with any challenges until they’re resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

“ECONX always includes your thoughts and input into the ongoing development of the product.”


Quality Imaging using AI Tech

To provide for the rapidly evolving technological advances and interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Pacific Radiology has purchased its fifth MRI scanner for Canterbury, the top of the line Siemens 3T Magnetom Vida, now installed at Forté Health on Peterborough Street.

MRI technologists Simon and Stephen with the new machine at Forté

MRI scans are minimally invasive and very safe; they do not use radiation and there is no exposure to x-rays.

MRIs image soft tissue structures in the body – for instance, the brain, eyes, heart and ligaments around joints such as shoulders.

Stephen Kingston Smith has been working as an MRI tech with PRG for more than 11 years.

He was involved in researching the purchase of the new machine and was impressed with the latest advancements the Vida has to offer.

“The patient has a much more comfortable experience,” Stephen says. “The opening on this scanner is wider, which improves the experience for the claustrophobic patient.”

Stephen was also impressed with the scanner software and computer advancements.

The new Bio Matrix capability of this scanner uses artificial intelligence (AI), which auto-detects motion and results in some fantastically clear images.

“It can scan a bigger range and has sensors which help image clarity in the case of patient movement and respiration. Scan times are also quicker on this machine,” Stephen says.

The new generation of MRI scanners produces much better soft tissue contrast in shorter scan times and is being used to scan the abdomen and pelvis with exquisite detail.

MRI is now being used routinely to screen for prostate cancer, small bowel disease and breast cancer, to mention a few.

Pacific Radiology radiologists and neuroimaging specialists are excited by the continuing growth and advancement in MRI.

MRI advanced imaging techniques of the brain. The colours are showing the direction of the nerve tracts within the brain.

Gareth Leeper, charge MRI technologist at Pacific Radiology, says, “The new scanner at Forté is producing the best pictures we have ever seen of the nerves right down to the hands and feet, and we have seen an increase in the number of referrals for imaging of the leg and arm nerves in patients with chronic pain syndrome.”

Pacific Radiology has built a team of talented medical professionals who have a wealth of knowledge trained extensively in MRI.

The new MRI scanner at Forté will help address the growing demand for MRI scans.

The team is excited to be bringing the absolute state-of-the-art to enhance their late model fleet of MRI to the people of Canterbury/West Coast.

Transitioning to a digital workplace: Ricoh

In 1888, lawyer Thomas de Renzy Harman was busy in central Christchurch when a 50-second long earthquake shook the city, causing the spire of Christchurch Cathedral to collapse.




More than 120 years later, the firm of Harmans Lawyers was even busier, still operating within the central city when the 2011 earthquake struck. Fortunately, Harmans had by then expanded to Papanui, operating out of two offices, and the city staff were able to relocate to the Papanui premises. This enabled colleagues to collaborate within the one site, ensuring Harmans was able to continue its unbroken line of legal service to the greater Canterbury region.

“Working all together in Papanui had enhanced our collegial culture, and we thought hard about Harmans’ location when the city was being rebuilt,” Managing Partner Graeme Riach says.

“We decided to keep the Papanui branch because our clients love the ease of access, but also to move back into the central city because that is our first home and we have corporate clients based there. Proximity to the court is also an advantage for our litigators.”

A 12-year technology partnership with Ricoh aided Harmans in making the transition to a digital workplace an easy one. Their meeting room solutions enabled Harmans to run multiple offices collaboratively. “With our Ricoh system for video conferencing in place, we feel like a firm based in one office, but with the advantages of central and suburban sites.”

The Papanui office features a 55-inch Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and a 75-inch IWB is fitted in the conference room in the city office. Each has a Crestron Sound Bar and the system integrates seamlessly into Harmans’ IT environment. “We have meetings between the two offices and it is almost like an extension of the room. The microphone on the wall is so effective compared to the old way of huddling round a central one,” Graeme says.


In fact, Ricoh’s core product, the IWB, takes you far beyond video conferencing. It can be either wall-mounted or set up as a table top. It functions as a traditional Windows PC, while also operating like a traditional whiteboard, enabling you to write with your finger. The whiteboard function allows you to overlay data, plans or images on your screen, enabling you to alter, design, highlight and rearrange with a fingertip. You can save work straight to your computer, print, and email instantly from the screen.

The applications for the IWBs are almost endless. They are ideal for companies where client presentations are integral, perfect for small and large group training and even for standard meetings. Graeme says “From a lawyer’s point of view, we need quality of output, and speed and reliability is key. We always found Ricoh better than their competitors in copying and printing technology, and now have found their IWB plus soundbar set up better than we had hoped for.”

Peter O’Connor of Ricoh says, “We’ve focused on making our meeting room solutions simple – often any more than three steps and staff won’t use the technology, so it’s just point, click and connect. Completely wireless, there’s no messy cables or plugging in, everything is shared over Wi-Fi networks.”

“Our system is completely pre-set to us,” Graeme says. “We can simply send a weblink to clients on email, and that’s time and money saved for everyone.”




International learning expertise hits the city

We are heading into a time of great uncertainty, with rapid technological change affecting almost everything in our society in the coming decades, from the work we do to the skills we need, to the way we teach students, and to retraining staff displaced by technology to allow them to successfully adapt.



By Hamish Duff of Recalibrate Ltd


The scale of the changes we are seeing is unprecedented in our history – and they are accelerating. That trend is incredibly difficult to comprehend, but it is happening whether we comprehend it or not.

We are going to be challenged and it is likely that education will not be able to change fast enough. That is a pretty big issue for us to deal with – for teachers, for administration, for the Ministry, for employers and, of course, for students.

The Future of Learning is an event designed to help us to adapt to the future – international and national experts in workplace learning, education and emerging technologies are converging on Christchurch to help guide strategy and actions, such as:

  1. What does the future of workplace learning really look like?
  2. What are the potential changes we will see?
  3. How will technology change the way we learn?
  4. How will that change formal education and qualifications?
  5. How will it change the way we teach new skills to staff?
  6. What are the current leading-edge learning practices?

The Future of Learning is being held on 30 September and 1 October 2019 at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch. Tickets are available until the day!

To find out more about the event, go to

Power of the pixels

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but how about a Samsung 98-inch 8K television instead? Sounds good? Then be prepared to part with around $80,000 for that slice of cutting-edge happiness.



Samsung is spearheading the launch of 8K technology in New Zealand with its ultra-premium Q900 QLED 8K range, available in stores now.

While many homes are still entering the 4K TV market, the demand for larger screens and an even better quality image is on the rise. 8K resolution actually features four times the pixels of a 4K UHD TV and 16 times more than a full HD TV.

The technology for streaming native 8K content isn’t available in New Zealand as yet, but in this fast- moving industry it won’t be long. Japan has already launched an 8K channel for the Rugby World Cup. But that’s not to say your current viewing won’t look any better on an 8K TV, because it does and the difference is bigger than you might think due to huge advances in upscaling AI.

Let’s take a look at the theory involved without breaking out too many initialisms and formulas. It’s commonly believed that the best 4K screen is the Sony BVM-X300, a 30-inch 4K mastering monitor that carries 156 pixels per inch, producing an almost flawless 4K image. Now take that same image and put it on a 55-inch 4K TV and the pixel density drops to 81ppi, on a 98-inch TV and it takes a dive to 45ppi. In a nutshell, that 4K image no longer looks like 4K.



So as the screen size gets larger we find ourselves needing more pixels per inch to display these ultra-high-definition images as they are meant to be seen. Our eyes and brain are clever enough so that when they see gaps in information they compensate to make things seem more natural. This is where 8K comes to the fore. To put an 8K TV into perspective, imagine 16 4K TVs in a 4×4 grid, now imagine condensing them all down to the size of one big-screen TV. You are left with a massive pixel density with fewer gaps in the information being displayed. Fewer gaps means our eyes and brains need to do less work and the picture seems more natural to us.

Ranging in sizes and price from the 65-inch at $10,999 to the enormous 98-inch at $79,999, the Samsung Q900 QLED 8K range will be the drooling point of any gathering, but needn’t be an eyesore when not in use due to their ability to blend in with the wall they are on or function as a piece of art.

Whether they are within your budget or not, head into your nearest Samsung TV stockist and take a look at the wonderment you are missing out on.



Preserving precious memories

Many years ago, people used to savour the photographs they took because they had to pay good money for rolls of film to be developed. I still remember the anticipation and inevitable disappointment of picking up my envelope of photos to find images of my thumb, the grass, animals that had walked off in the time it took the shutter to operate, and all manner of blurred people.



But photos were photos, each one a time-capsule in itself and even the blurred ones got put into a photo album or at least in the ‘photo box’. You always knew where they were if you wanted to reminisce with family or friends.

But how many of us can account for the digital photos we took 10 or 15 years ago with our point-and-click cameras and early mobile phones? Are they on an old computer, memory card or USB stick? Or have those memories been lost forever?

Of course, with the advent of social media and instant cloud uploads we are archiving our photos more and more. But even they bring their own set of problems. What happens if you pass away? Who can access your Dropbox, Google Drive, Samsung, HTC, iCloud or One Drive? The potential for your precious memories getting forgotten about or lost is just as real.


New Zealand company Phable Ltd has developed an app that allows you to upload your favourite digital photos and even short videos into it using a simple interface that lays out your photos in a beautiful photo book which is then printed, bound and delivered to your door. You can upload directly from your device or even import from Facebook or Instagram.

Before you commit the album to print, you can rearrange the layout and enlarge or crop images. Uploaded videos appear as photos in the physical album except they have an embedded QR code. You can then use any smartphone to read the code and instantly play the video.

Phable has three variations of the book available to order, each containing 24 images (including four videos), and while they range in sturdiness, all three will easily take pride of place on any coffee table. The Playbook Lite is a simpler, no-frills book costing $14.99. The Playbook Original is slightly more sturdy at $49.99 and the Playbook Premium is solid and luxurious with ‘wow’ factor at $69.99. You are even able to customise the cover of all three books with an image and text of your choice.

The Phable app provides an extremely user-friendly interface that even the least tech-savvy family members could navigate their way around. The app is currently only available on the iOS App Store, but an Android version is in development.
So preserve those precious moments now before a whole generation of digital memories disappears into the ether.

By Ian Knott



Make meetings interactive: Ricoh

The late Karl Lagerfeld said “I don’t do meetings,” but then of course he didn’t have a bespoke meeting room solution complete with a state-of-the-art Interactive Whiteboard created for him by Ricoh New Zealand.


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Finance Operations Manager Giles Beal (L) and Ricoh NZ Senior Account Manager Jason Carter


In a thriving business, meetings have to happen and Ricoh knows how to maximise productivity through design and technology. Every meeting room is different and every company is different, so Ricoh’s solutions are tailored to ensure that technology, room size, rate of usage, natural and artificial light, acoustics and table size dovetail for best efficiency and enjoyment.

Ricoh’s core product is the amazing Interactive Whiteboard. To see it in action is to realise you need it and once installed, you’ll wonder how the business functioned without it. Picture an iPad in table-top size that also functions as a whiteboard you can write on with your finger. Then picture the whiteboard function overlaying the data, plans or images on your screen, enabling you to alter, design, highlight and rearrange with a fingertip. You can save work straight to your computer, print and email instantly from the screen, video call and conference meeting rooms all over the country – it is easy and instinctive to use.

The applications for the Interactive Whiteboards are almost endless. Often wallmounted, the Interactive Whiteboards can also be placed on a stand and used table-top style, which is invaluable for architects, designers, engineers and planners. They are ideal for companies where client presentations are really important, perfect for small and large group training and for standard meetings. “At Ricoh we now have so much better interaction with our own head office and regional branches using this technology,” Karen Heydon says.

The Ricoh team recently installed an Interactive Whiteboard for the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, which has since ordered another for a second space. “As the home and voice of Canterbury business, The Chamber offers around 100 events and 300 training courses every year,” Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Leeann Watson says.

“With many of our trainers favouring a workshop approach to encourage engagement, the multi-functionality aspect of the whiteboards has been really important. This means that we don’t need to clutter up our training spaces with a range of different solutions – we can easily use the board for everything from Skype to presentations as well as just for writing on. Being internet-enabled in particular makes a huge difference, as our trainers often use this feature to show instructional videos and can navigate websites easily with a touch of the screen. It’s also really user-friendly so even the least tech-savvy people can use it.”

The Chamber has been working with Ricoh for a number of years. “We have been impressed with the way they have taken the time to learn about our organisation and our specific business requirements. They have been able to work with us to provide a fit-for-purpose IT solution that ticks all of the boxes – taking care of everything from photocopiers to IT support and troubleshooting. Their ability to get any issues sorted is integral to us being able to continue to support and empower local business,” Leeann adds.



Forcing your hand

Innovative Christchurch tech company Swiftpoint has recently released its latest ergonomic mouse, appealing to users who are used to assigning tasks to multiple buttons.



The ProPoint mouse keeps the same RSI-beating design as its predecessors, forcing the user’s right hand (sorry lefties, no love for you here) into a pen-grip position rather than the usual claw-shape of regular mice. I reviewed the original Swiftpoint mouse many years ago and have been a regular user on my laptop ever since, so I am well used to the very different hand position the ProPoint requires. But I do remember the initial steep learning curve and just how plain weird using a pen-grip mouse feels. Persistence pays off though and once you get used to the new position, making that gnarled claw shape on regular mice makes you realise how bad it is for you.

The Propoint talks to a small USB dongle that also doubles as a charging station for the little mouse, but it can also connect via Bluetooth. I couldn’t get my MacBook Pro to recognise the ProPoint, but I had no issues pairing my iMac and iPad. The mouse supports more than one simultaneous Bluetooth connections, so hot-swapping between devices is easy.


Just like the original Swiftpoint, the technology behind the rechargable battery is astonishing. A full charge will see days of regular use, or weeks of intermittent usage, while a quick one-minute charge will have you working for hours.
Pairing the ProPoint with an iPad doesn’t allow you to use it as a mouse or stylus, but it does allow you full control over Word and Excel via remote desktop apps such as VMWare and TeamViewer for example.

The ProPoint also comes with gyroscopic technology and, with the flick of a switch, the mouse becomes a presenting device for Microsoft PowerPoint, letting you navigate and draw on slides or use it as a virtual laser pointer. The gyroscope also facilitates the ‘tilt’ functionality that you can programme (through the downloadable control panel) to do a range of tasks, my favourite being flicking between tabs in the browser. With three buttons and a scroll wheel to customise, the ProPoint is more than enough mouse to satisfy any non-gaming computer usage.

ProPoint: $319