Digital Health Captains of Industry

The Future of Healthcare

Collectively surfacing the opportunities Digital Health creates for the sustainability of Healthcare in South Africa.

With healthcare worldwide being at the intersection of ever-rising healthcare costs and the introduction of disruptive digital innovations, digital health innovations will expectantly play a significant role in:

  •  Curbing long-term healthcare costs
  •  Enabling better healthcare outcomes
  •  Empowering both the patient and the healthcare provider with real-time data and connections with each other
  •  Enabling the introduction of new contributors to the healthcare ecosystem

Adoption of these emerging technologies, while favorable, will require a high level of coordination and interoperability across the various sectors of healthcare to ensure that the true benefits of improved proactive healthcare be achieved and sustained.

Accelerate Growth Together

Deloitte recognises the importance of this trend to the future of South Africa’s healthcare industry as well as the numerous successful activities and initiatives to date. We have therefore engaged and invited the Captains of Industry across the various sectors of both private and public healthcare to a highly interactive and informative session. The aim of this inaugural occasion is to collectively surface the opportunities Digital Health creates for the sustainability of healthcare in South Africa and to identify challenges that need to be addressed proactively in order to drive to scale and to serve the market.

Deloitte in the media: Digital Health

HR Future

Digital health may provide solutions for SA healthcare consumers

Adoption of digital solutions in general are high amongst consumers despite technology proficiency levels, but the industry itself appears to be facing challenges that need to be resolved before we see broad investment into these technologies and resultant adoption by private and public healthcare stakeholders. Click here to  read more.


Classic FM

Life Sciences & Healthcare Director, Valter Adao speaks to Classic FM on the drivers that are required to ensure a successful Healthcare Industry in South Africa. Click here to listen to the interview on Classic FM.


Engineering News

Digital health may provide solutions for SA healthcare consumers, but are SA Life Sciences and Healthcare organisations ready to adopt it?

Digital Healthcare presents potential solutions to many of the healthcare challenges faced in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  Adoption of digital solutions in general are high amongst consumers despite technology proficiency levels, but the  industry itself appears to be facing challenges that need to be resolved before we see broad investment into these technologies and resultant adoption by private and public healthcare stakeholders, says Valter Adao, healthcare director of Deloitte Digital. Click here to  read more.



Healthcare Industry fails to embrace digital

"To enable mass access to healthcare, improved healthcare and cheaper healthcare, we need full integration to occur. That is why we at Deloitte are promoting dialogue between all stakeholders and on the continent” explains Adao. Click here to read more.


Reynold W. (Pete) Mooney

DTTL Global Leader, Life Sciences & Health Care

Managing Director for the Global Life Sciences and Health Care Industry Group of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. He is a corporate strategy consulting professional with an extensive background in manufacturing and operations in process industries. Over the thirty years of his global consulting career, he has assisted senior executives in taking advantage of growth opportunities in business segments undergoing dramatic change, transition and globalization.

Valter Adao

Director: Healthcare

Valter is the firm wide Healthcare and Life Sciences industry leader for Deloitte in Africa, and has worked with public and private organisations locally and internationally.  His experience in the field of Healthcare relates to topics ranging from healthcare strategy, innovations, product and market entry strategies technology, broad transformation programs, operations and workforce matters.

He coordinates Monitor Deloitte’s Healthcare Life Sciences activities in EMEA and he is a member of Pfizer’s global account team.  In the context of Healthcare, Valter is the global lead Director for the 6th largest for-profit hospital group which operates across 3 continents.

Valter's competency is Innovation, which within Monitor Deloitte is a unique combination of strategy, economics, corporate finance and investment banking skills, he is a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in building shareholder value, by working with clients in identifying high value, innovative opportunities, and rapidly developing these into commercialised businesses. He has held senior leadership positions in these roles and has comprehensive experience in leading market entry strategies for new products and services, and leading established business areas into larger entities.

Tel: +27 (0) 11 806 6117
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Gaby Rosario
Healthcare Industry Chief of Staff

With experience in digital and business strategy, Gabrielle has applied her knowledge in her current role as Chief of Staff Life Sciences and Healthcare at Deloitte South Africa. She is responsible for building out the Future of Healthcare program and is trained through THNK Amsterdam in the application of innovation practice and principles. As a veteran ePatient with a Rare Genetic Disease, her goal is to merge her professional and personal experience to ensure better patient outcomes realised through digital technology.

Tel: +27 (0) 11 209 8588
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Dr Sean Broomhead

Clinican and Health Informatics Specialist

Dr Séan Broomhead is a clinican and health informatics specialist based in South Africa. He has worked internationally in the fields of medical informatics, public health and healthcare software development. He is a member of WHO's global technical advisory group for eHealth (eTAG) where he is one of three African advisors. He co-chair's the eTAG's eHealth Strategy working group and serves as an eHealth advisor to WHO-AFRO.

Séan leads the Africa Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee).

Séan's expertise covers a variety of eHealth aspects, particularly strategy, economics and impact, regulation, leadership and mobility. Sean's mHealth exposure includes participation in a collaboration with John's Hopkins School of Public Health to develop a mHealth economic evaluation guide for mHELP.

Dr Peter Benjamin

Executive Director of HealthEnabled

Dr Peter Benjamin is the Executive Director of HealthEnabled, a non-profit organisation registered in South Africa seeking to align digital health policy, programs and user needs to ensure the integration of sustainable, scaled up, effective digital health tools into national health systems.

An ICT expert with over 20 years of experience leading research and policy projects and organizations, Peter has been involved in a wide range of ICT for social change initiatives, including extensive work on mobile Health. Amongst other things, he founded the LINK Centre for research and education into ICT policy at the University of Witwatersrand, was the Managing Director of Cell-life for seven years and headed up the Capacity Building arm of the global mHealth Alliance.

Dr Brian Ruff

PPO Serve ~ Professional Provider Organisation Services (CEO and a founder Partner)

MB.B.Ch (Wits); FCP (SA); Rheumatology, D.HM.E.FP (UCT); CPMD (Wits) - Physician; Rheumatologist; Health Economics

Brian was the Head of Strategy at Discovery Health. He was for many years on Executive Committee of Discovery Health. His work at Discovery included initiating and managing various distinctive divisions including Risk Intelligence; the Integrated Care Unit (Discovery Health’s Disease Management work) and the Access Innovation Division. He also worked on a macro economic model of the SA private healthcare sector.

He is currently with PPO Serve which aids doctors to establish high functioning, well-structured integrated local healthcare systems. 

Dr. Thomas Brennan

D.Phil (Oxon)

After completing a Bachelors in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Cape Town, Thomas Brennan was awarded the Rhodes scholarship in 2004. In 2009 he completed his D.Phil. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford. He then worked for Vodafone developing a mobile-based platform to monitor and support community health workers in South Africa. In 2010, he accepted a Welcome Trust post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford to develop and assess mobile health solutions for monitoring chronic disease in resource-constrained settings. In 2012, he took up a Research Engineer at the Laboratory of Computation Physiology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on clinical data mining applications. In 2015 he returned to South Africa to take up a leading role in Discovery’s R&D lab where he is developing new products that cut across the range of Discovery product houses. He has over 15 years’ experience in clinical informatics, biomedical engineering, digital health and machine learning.