Galway med-tech company translates medical data to sustain a healthy workforce

25 Feb 2013

Dr John O'Sullivan, CEO of Biomnis Ireland with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, and Dr Ann Shortt, Full Health Medical

Full Health Medical, a Galway-based company, has developed new health technology which decodes complex medical data and creates simple medical reports that can empower people to improve their health.

Developed by a team of doctors at Full Health Medical, ‘Full Health’ converts medical test results into a personalised report, outlining what the medical test results mean in a simple and easy-to-understand way. 

The report, which combines medical, family history and lifestyle information with the test results, provides the individual with a personalised set of recommendations and preventative health measures.

Dr Ann Shortt of Full Health Medical predicted Full Health would be a valuable tool in detecting and offsetting chronic illnesses and disease in the workplace.

“The cost of just one chronic illness can be huge to a national economy. For example, type 2 diabetes, which affects 5pc of the Irish population. 

“Extrapolating from UK figures, type 2 diabetes leads to approximately 515,000 absentee days per year in Ireland, costing €72.5m while diabetes presenteeism (productivity loss among people still in work but suffering from this disease) costs a further €247m.

“When the largest cost to business is wages and salaries, it makes sound business sense to invest in understanding employee health. Full Health can really help employers in a practical and meaningful way to anticipate and mitigate against future financial loss,” Shortt said.

John O’Sullivan, CEO of Biomnis Ireland, explained the HealthWatch screening service delivers health checks to approximately 10,000 employees every year.

“The Full Health initiative will provide employees with the important information in an easy-to-understand format, as well as recommendations on how to stay healthy. We also see it as having a wider application across the Biomnis group for our laboratory testing service as a premium content offering for clinicians and their patients.”

A healthy workforce solution

The technology was launched in Dublin last week by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, and is being introduced into Biomnis Ireland’s workplace health screening programme.

“As Ireland moves towards economic recovery, we need to secure the health and well being of our workforce,” Kenny said.

“Companies are increasingly aware that employee health can have a significant impact on the bottom line.

“This is a wonderful example of an innovative start-up company, Full Health, responding to a market opportunity and then commercialising its offering in conjunction with Biomnis Ireland. It is especially gratifying to see this level of collaboration happening in an Irish business setting and I wish the venture every success,” Kenny added. is hosting Med Tech Focus, an initiative which over coming months will cover news, reports, interviews and videos, documenting Ireland’s leading role in one of the hottest sectors in technology.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years