Digital Hub announces partnership with Cork Health Innovation Hub

16 Jun 2014

Edel Flynn, CEO of the DHDA and Dave Shanahan, chair of the HIH national project team

Dublin’s Digital Hub has announced a partnership deal with Cork’s Health Innovation Hub (HIH) which will see four Cork health-tech companies working out of the Digital Hub.

As part of the Digital Hub’s Connected Health programme, the four companies planned to take part in the partnership will be supported to identify and establish appropriate ‘test-bed’ hospitals and healthcare settings for the products and services they are developing.

The four companies of the partnership include:

  • Sláinte Healthcare, which focuses on technologies that enable paperless hospitals. 
  • Vidscrip, which aims to facilitate healthcare providers to easily create and deliver video prescriptions.
  • SilverCloud Health, which provides online therapeutic solutions using the latest technological tools. 
  • KJAYA Medical, which delivers medical imaging and workflow solutions through cloud technologies.

It is envisaged that the HIH will act as a broker for these companies and will facilitate them to build relevant links with industry, academia, government and clinical players. 

The location of a designated HIH project manager at The Digital Hub, meanwhile, is intended to open participating companies into an ecosystem that exists at the hub and connections already in place with key healthcare stakeholders as a result of the Connected Health programme.     

Commenting today, Edel Flynn, CEO of the DHDA, said: “The aim of Connected Health is to promote the use of digital tools in enhancing healthcare offerings. We began meeting with the Health Innovation Hub earlier this year, and we immediately saw the potential for synergies and collaboration between our two organisations.

“We are delighted with this partnership, and – over the coming year – we look forward to working together to support a number of tech companies whose focus is on healthcare products and services.”

Earlier this year, the HIH Cork demonstrator – under its second call for innovative healthcare solutions – selected 18 company projects.

Fourteen of these are being directly managed by the HIH demonstrator, while a further four projects were selected for HIH support in collaboration with a partner who would provide added value to the projects.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic