Ireland’s first Health Innovation Hub to focus on improving care for older people

12 Oct 2016

Launch of Health Innovation Hub Ireland with Minister Simon Harris, TD (centre)

Health Minister Simon Harris, TD, launched Health Innovation Hub Ireland to directly improve treatment and care for patients.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland will encourage innovation with a national call for ideas, services or technologies that could benefit the healthcare system in general, but will also focus on ideas to improve the care of older persons in the healthcare system.

Inspirefest 2017

The hub aims to encourage and fast-track innovation that will improve the healthcare system and directly connect industry professionals to healthcare, to create jobs and exports for Ireland.

It will consist of a partnership of clinicians, academics, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the country, who will accelerate healthcare innovation by addressing the current challenges and creating jobs.

In order to drive innovation, the hub wants to hear from healthcare and industry professionals as well as workers and entrepreneurs with applied technologies and solutions ready for further development to help the healthcare system.

“I am delighted to launch Health Innovation Hub Ireland today, and to announce a first call for submissions on the focused theme of improving care for older people in the healthcare system,” said Health Minister Simon Harris, TD, who launched the hub in September.

Prof John R Higgins, the principal investigator of Health Innovation Hub Ireland, said the launch “marks a milestone in the already successful work of the demonstrator project”.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, said the Health Innovation Hub was a “win-win scenario”.

“The health service needs products to meet its particular needs, and enterprise needs guidance from users on their developing products and test beds for their trials,” she said.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland also delivers activities at a national level to all academic institutions, healthcare providers and commercial companies.

Jenny Darmody is the editor of Silicon Republic