As part of his trade visit to Ireland this week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a digital health summit in Dublin yesterday to explore possible collaborations between digital health hubs in Dublin and Massachusetts.
The Health and Life Science Trade Summit was hosted by HealthXL, the accelerator programme for new ventures in the digital health space that is being run by Startupbootcamp in Dublin.
Patrick was at yesterday’s event along with Therese Murray, the president of the Massachusetts Senate, to explore new collaborative opportunities around digital health. They were joined by Pamela Goldberg, CEO of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and Dr Susan Windham-Bannister from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Patrick spoke about how everyone should have access to affordable and quality healthcare.
"To deliver on that goal, we must invest in innovative solutions, new technologies and global partnerships," he said.
Murray said that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognises the value of early stage innovators to develop healthcare solutions. She said the group was excited to meet the teams based at HealthXL to explore ways of collaborating together.
Seven companies that are pioneering innovations in the digital health space are currently engaged in the HealthXL programme. The accelerator is based in the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus at TCD.
The seven teams are an eclectic mix, hailing from Ireland, Canada, Australia, Africa, Finland and the US.
They include the Australian start-up goACT, which is developing software solutions for mental health professionals and their clients, and Ghana start-up ClaimSync, which is pioneering software to automate patients’ records and process medical records electronically.