eHealth Ireland wishes to  assist digital companies to form partnerships with the Irish healthcare system.  In order to create an innovative environment for working together to improve Irish digital healthcare provision, eHealth Connect  will host a number of connection meetings.  These meetings will occur on the first Tuesday of the month on a rotating basis in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick.  The Health Innovation Hub is very supportive of eHealth Connect and believes this is a great opportunity for digital companies to get involved in eHelath.  They have kindly agreed to host the first of these meetings in Cork which will take place on the 7th June, 2016.  Dr. Colman Casey, Interim Director of Health Innovation Hub said “ the development of eHealth Connect is a key strategic endeavour to positively influence and change the landscape for healthcare in Ireland. HIHI is very happy to provide their facilities and provide the venue for the very first of these pivotal meetings”.

Partnership and financial support will be offered to companies with potential eHealth solutions which will improve patient care or processes.  eHealth Connect will also provide advice, support and encouragement to start-ups and SME’s in the formation of partnerships with other companies or other divisions within the HSE. A database of companies who are engaging with eHealth Connect  will be displayed on eHealthIreland.ie

Dr Clyde Hutchinson, Innovation Specialist, Office of the CIO, eHealth Ireland,  who is managing this initiative, explained  “We are reaching out to innovators to assist us in accelerating the ongoing digital transformation of the Irish healthcare system.  I am really excited about the introduction of the eHealth Connect,  as I believe it will provide a  great opportunity  for digital companies and eHealth Ireland to work together, to provide digital solutions which will improve services for patients within the healthcare setting”.

eHealth Ireland will also run a series of Innovation Challenges across Ireland, this year, which will allow budding entrepreneurs, technologists and healthcare innovators the opportunity and space to develop their ideas and concepts further.  The first challenge will be held in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin in July and will look for digital innovations to assist those affected by Bipolar Disorders.  The most promising ideas will be invited to continue to expand their concept(s) with the FutureHealth programme.  Future Health is Ireland’s first digital health pre-accelerator run in conjunction with NDRC.

For further details of the initiative and to reserve a place at eHealth Connect  contact: [email protected] or watch out for further announcement on eHealthIreland.ie

eHealth Ireland’s Quality Innovation Corridor (QIC).
The Quality Innovation Corridor (QIC) announced today, is designed to open up innovation pathways through which clinicians, in collaboration with eHealth Ireland expertise, can seek seed- funding for creative digital solutions. These pathways will combine agile approval with rapid procurement and swift deployment of digital technologies within the healthcare settings.  Focussing on low-cost, low-overhead, pathfinder initiatives, the QIC programme will engage with other existing drivers of innovation such as the CCIO, Industry and Academia in seeking out innovative digital solutions.

Commenting on the QIC Michael Redmond, Programme Director within the Office of the CIO said: “I am thrilled that this programme has received the backing of CIO Richard Corbridge, and of Chief Clinical Information Officer Yvonne Goff.  I have no doubt in our collective ability to tap into the creative minds of Clinicians and Medical professionals. With this new channel for rapid progress I am encouraging we can all think Digital, think Cloud, think Innovation.”

Funding will be available for each approved initiative.  For more information on the Quality Innovation Corridor email:  [email protected]

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