Posts by: Eimear Galvin

Join the HIHI team – we are hiring

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We are inviting applications for the post – HIHI Innovation Specialist. This new position will work closely with the local HSE Clinical Liaisons and HIHI TCD Manager to coordinate and manage verification, validation and pilot studies with HIHI TCD clients. The post holder will have a leading role in planning, co-ordinating and completing HIHI studies. Central to the role is supporting start-ups and SMEs by brokering collaborative projects with clinical teams across acute and primary care sites to validate technologies and solve challenges in healthcare. Project management skills are crucial in this role. It requires the ability to work on multiple projects across locations, deal with issues and problems that may arise and the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams. The role will also support aspects of the HIHI Knowledge Network activity. A national HIHI initiative to engineer change and put innovation at the centre of Irish healthcare. The HIHI Innovation Specialist will be based in the HIHI TCD hub, St James’s Hospital and may play a role in studies at other site locations if required. Closing date July 22, 12pm. Salary: €49,960, .8FTE (four day). Job description:JD HIHI TCD July 2021

Applicants must have at least three years’ experience in some area of healthcare – industry or innovation or corporate or technology or frontline.

Informal enquirers to HIHI TCD manager, Eimear Galvin – galvinei@tcd.ie

Full information and job spec here: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/vacancies/ . Competition type: ‘management & administration’

 

HIHI welcomes EY global innovation lead Edwina Fitzmaurice at the inaugural ‘Innovation Champions PowWow’

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On July 14 W, the HIHI Innovation Champions attended the inaugural ‘Innovation Champions PowWow’. This is a series of quarterly online discussions designed and delivered exclusively for the graduates of the HIHI/TCD one year Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation. These sessions allow graduates and key figures from the innovation community to connect in an informal setting. The idea is to share experiences, discuss relevant topics, and to pose questions on all aspects of healthcare innovation.

Our expert innovator for Wednesday’s ‘PowWow’ was Edwina Fitzmaurice, Chief Customer Success Officer at EY.  Based in the New York Office, Edwina is responsible for markets strategy and business development for EY’s Advisory consulting business, which covers 140 countries and over 60,000 people. Edwina works with major accounts, navigating the current age of transformative technology and demographic change. She helps companies seize the upside of the opportunities created with disrupting markets.

Edwina’s passion for innovation and value-creation was expressed as she candidly shared her own fascinating career story, which spans tech, finance, the Arts, and consulting. Edwina gave a very motivating talk to the Innovation Champions group about ‘leading with influence’ and breaking down barriers to innovation. The importance of credibility, empathy, and the power of the network was discussed, along with concepts such as culture change in an organisation and the benefits of ‘future-back thinking’.

The group are looking forward to the next ‘Innovation Champions PowWow’ in early October, when they will have expanded to include this year’s graduates in the growing network of HIHI Innovation Champions.

Government Future Tech Challenge 2021

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Making Innovation Real, Ireland’s Public Service Innovation Strategy, requires that the Public Service seek to connect and collaborate across the entire ecosystem to encourage greater scaling of innovation. Additionally, as part of the GovTech agenda, Department of Public Expenditure (DPER) and Reform is keen to engage with industry to understand better how technology can solve problems faced by public service bodies.

The Future Tech Challenge (FTC) is a pilot competition based on a collaboration between Ireland’s Public Service and competition sponsors to drive innovation and technology adoption in order to solve pressing public service challenges. It is being coordinated by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in partnership with IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

This first pilot challenge will involve focusing engagements with three multinational companies, which will be AWS, Cisco, and IBM.  A further iteration will be launched in Spring 2022 which will focus on collaborations with Small and Medium Enterprises.

The maximum level of prize (comprising of services, products or materials from the participating sponsors) awarded to an individual proposal is to the value of no more than €100,000.

Applicants should select one of the following prize areas that they wish their project to be considered for:

  1. AWS – Cloud Technology, encompassing the full range of AWS cloud services such as compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, internet of things, mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality, media, and application development, deployment and management) link to offerings
  2. CISCO – Remote Connectivity, Wireless, Sensor Technology, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Hardware and Collaboration Solutionslink to offerings
  3. IBM – Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning, Data Governance and Integration –  link to offerings

All applications will go through a first stage evaluation, from which three projects will be selected for each of the three categories listed above. These nine projects will go through a number of weeks mentorship provided by technologists. This will culminate in a pitch event towards the end of Q3/beginning of Q4 of 2021, where the nine projects will pitch to an expert panel and a winner of each category will be selected to receive the prize on offer.

We intend to hold a webinar in early July to explain the process fully in conjunction with the competition sponsors who will elaborate further on the prizes their companies offer.

For more information and to make your application, please visit our website here.

Calling all leaders in healthcare innovation – Applications for HIHI/TCD one year postgraduate diploma in healthcare innovation close this month

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Applications close 30th June 2021. Applications for limited number of HSE scholarship close 16th June 2021.

Over the 12-month programme, students complete eight modules, have access to workshops, resources and events to share challenges and experience, learn from expert guest lecturers.  Focusing on new health solutions, students gain a practical understanding of applying new technologies in healthcare.  Examining the role of health economics, quality improvement and the principles of governance in leading effective, innovative health services is a key learning. The postgraduate course culminates with modules seven and eight focusing on a practical project comprising two phases. Students are supported to identify and implement an innovative solution suitable for their workplace that will have a positive impact in Irish healthcare. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation form part of a  year-on-year a growing network of national Innovation Champions.#

Apply here

If you missed the info and Q&A webinar series, links to watch all four are below. Each session delivered insight from a graduate of a different background , course lecturers and the course tutor.

Enterprise Ireland’s €1 million Competitive Start Fund (CSF) opens

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The CSF is open to early-stage companies from all sectors with an eligible innovative product or service set for global markets. The fund will award up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 20 successful applicants. The fund  aims to increase the number of diverse high potential start-ups (HPSUs) that have the potential and ambition to succeed internationally. It iss designed to help start-ups reach key commercial and technical milestones, including evaluating overseas market opportunities, building prototypes, developing market entry plans, and securing third-party investment.

“At Enterprise Ireland we are committed to helping Irish innovators by backing entrepreneurs and start-ups with the early-stage funding needed to scale internationally,” said manager of Enterprise Ireland’s HPSU division, Jenny Melia.

“Each successful company will receive a €50,000 investment as well as mentoring opportunities with an extensive team of Enterprise Ireland experts and access to entrepreneurial networks which will help companies kick-start their journey to global success. We’re very excited to see what the next generation of innovative Irish businesses will achieve, and we look forward to working alongside the successful applicants to help them grow further.”

Applications close May 25.

For more: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/company/hpsu-funding/competitive-start-fund-all-sectors.html.

 

Congratulations to the graduates – 2019/20 class – of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Congratulations to all of the students of the 2019/20 class of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation with Trinity College Dublin, who graduated last Friday. A fantastic network of Innovation Champions driving the the health innovation agenda nationally.

Applications for September enrolment now open.

Information webinars and Q&A sessions

Information webinars for September 2021 enrolment will begin Wednesday March 31, offering prospective students the opportunity to find out more about the course. In each session you will hear from an expert in the field of healthcare innovation, receive detailed information about the course content, and hear from past students of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with facilitators of the course.

Please register attendance here:

Through the one year, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation programme students are supported to develop a personal innovation framework for leadership. Uniquely the course is clinician designed and led by Professor Seamas Donnelly. Students are usually a mix of health industry, health sector and health policy, forming an action focused learning community focused on accelerating change within their organisations.

Over the 12-month programme, students complete eight modules, have access to workshops, resources and events to share challenges and experience, learn from expert guest lecturers.  Focusing on new health solutions, students gain a practical understanding of applying new technologies in healthcare.  Examining the role of health economics, quality improvement and the principles of governance in leading effective, innovative health services is a key learning. The postgraduate course culminates with modules seven and eight focusing on a practical project comprising two phases.

Students are supported to identify and implement an innovative solution suitable for their workplace that will have a positive impact in Irish healthcare. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation form part of a  year-on-year a growing network of national Innovation Champions.

Applications close June 16 for HSE scholarships and June 30 for general applications. More here: https://www.tcd.ie/medicine/clinical-medicine/postgraduate/healthcare-innovation/

HIHI/TCD clinician designed healthcare innovation diploma now open for applications – HSE scholarships available

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Applications for HSE and Enterprise Ireland partnership, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), and Trinity College Dublin one year Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation are now open for September enrolment. The programme is the only innovation course in the country that is clinician designed and actively recruits from both the frontline and health industry. Now entering its third year, typical students and graduates come from the Department of Health, HSE, primary care, pharma and health tech.   These form part of a year-on-year a growing network of national Innovation Champions.

Focusing on new health solutions, students gain a practical understanding of applying new technologies in healthcare.  Examining the role of health economics, quality improvement and the principles of governance in leading effective, innovative health services is a key learning. The postgraduate course culminates with modules seven and eight focusing on a practical project comprising two phases.  They are supported to identify and implement an innovative solution suitable for each participant’s workplace, that will have a positive impact in Irish healthcare. Some of the innovations that students were supported to develop in the 2019/20 cohort:

  • Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) programme for teenagers experiencing social anxiety.
  • Looking at virtual assistants and smart automation services in primary care.
  • Experimental device for screening of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Diagnostics access platform to support   improving clinical care and disease surveillance in low-to-middle income countries.

As a HSE and Enterprise Ireland partnership, HIHI holds a number of places for HSE scholarships, offering reduced fees. The aim is to reach right across levels, grades and disciplines in the health service offering the academic opportunity to all. There are seven HSE scholarships available at reduced fees. The students become part of an action focused learning community focused on accelerating change and innovation within their organisations.

Course Director Prof Seamas Donnelly said:

 “Speaking as a clinician on the frontline, I know we need to adjust and reset some approaches in healthcare in Ireland and this postgraduate course is part of that effort. All of our students share a common vision of creating an innovative healthcare system to change the system and improve outcomes for patients. They come from both industry and the healthcare community and that is a unique aspect to this programme of study. Drawing leaders from across healthcare landscape to drive the national healthcare innovation agenda.”

Current student, John Kelly, Deputy CEO Tallaght University Hospital said:

“Innovation is one of the key pillar of the TUH Corporate Strategy which was launched in late 2019. I am completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Healthcare to provide me with the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills to assist me to embed a culture of innovation in a large teaching hospital.”

2021 graduate Caitriona Heffernan, Innovation Programme Lead, Cork University Maternity Hospital said:

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to be an agent of change and innovation within their own expert area of work or indeed at a wider organisational level across healthcare. The internal network of healthcare innovators in Ireland is rapidly growing and this is such an exciting time to get involved.”

Applications close June 16 for HSE scholarships and June 30 for general applications.

Information webinars

Information webinars for September 2021 enrolment will begin Wednesday March 31, offering prospective students the opportunity to find out more about the course. In each session you will hear from an expert in the field of healthcare innovation, receive detailed information about the course content, and hear from past students of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with facilitators of the course.

Please register attendance here:

Smart D8 call for pilots – seeking innovative solutions to community health challenges – open to all public and private sector organisations, companies and academia

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris T.D. today launched officially the Smart D8 initiative and call for pilot project to respond to community health challenges.  Led by Dublin City Council, Smart Dublin, the Digital Hub Development Agency and St James’s Hospital, Smart D8, is the latest Smart District – a collaborative initiative to improve the health and well being of citizens in Dublin 8 through innovation. HIHI is pleased to partner on the Smart D8 initiative.

Bringing together public authorities, academia, healthcare, citizens and industry, Smart D8 applies a people-centred approach, with the engagement and active participation of the local community at its core. In late 2020, the first SmartD8 Community Survey was launched, capturing the needs and priorities of the local community. The call for innovative pilot projects that address three key areas are based on these findings:

Mental Health – Focused Call

  • Innovative approaches to managing mental health for individuals. Tools to support good mental health in the community including diagnostic, preventative, treatment, support and management solutions.

Population Health Management – Focused Call

  • Chronic Disease Management solutions that will allow people to manage their chronic health conditions in the community.
  • General Preventative Health solutions that can be implemented in a community setting to maintain good health and wellbeing.

Covid-19 Impact – Open Call

  • An open call for innovative and scalable solutions that will address the impact of Covid-19 on the health and wellbeing of the community in Dublin 8.

Who Should Apply?

The pilot call is open to all public and private sector organisations, companies and academia who:

  • Offer innovative and scalable products, services or devices.
  • Provide new practices/solutions/perspectives that address an unmet need in the community.
  • Have a solution that is ready for deployment within the next 6 months as a pilot initiative that will commence in 2021.
  • Provide a solution that can be enabled by a co-creation and collaborative approach.

Why Apply?

  • Opportunity to pilot and demonstrate the scalability of your offering in a community setting.
  • Access to a unique collaborative ecosystem with established clinical, academic, public and private sector engagement.
  • Funding support available for selected pilots.
  • Project management support.
  • Marketing and promotion support.
  • Access to free workspace in Dublin 8 during the pilot period.

Application Process

  • Companies must submit a completed application form available at the link below.
  • Pilot Call opens on 10.03.2021 and closes for applications at midnight on 28.04.2021.
  • Your submission will be reviewed by Smart D8 and an expert panel.   A shortlist of applicants will be selected and shortlisted companies will be asked to make a presentation.
  • An update on the call outcome will be provided to all applicants on 19.05.2021.

Apply here

Health Innovation Hub Ireland wishes Dr Colman Casey the very best in his retirement and appoints interim Director

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Dr Colman Casey, UCC, who has led Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) since 2015, announced his retirement last week. The entire HIHI team across Cork, Dublin and Galway, thank him for his leadership and wish him the very best in his retirement.

National HIHI PI Prof John Higgins said:

“Colman has provided great leadership in this role. He has contributed very significantly to the successful establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland and has helped build very strong foundations for the future.  We wish Colman health and happiness in his retirement and look forward to continued success for Health Innovation Hub Ireland.”

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, UCC, will be acting as Interim Director for Health Innovation Hub Ireland over the next six months, ensuring  seamless continuity of the HIHI programme and time to recruit a suitable successor.

New Venture Dynamics in Healthcare & Life Sciences: Module 3 of HIHI/TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Module 3 of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation (Level 9 NFQ) took place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of December. This module focused on the creation, development, growth and funding of new ventures in healthcare & life sciences.

The session was led by Adjunct Professor Dan Maher, education development advisor to HIHI and founder of innovation management company, Nua Venture. Performance Coach Liam Moggan (known as ‘the Coaches’ Coach’) delivered an excellent lecture on ‘Motivating for Innovation’.

The module began with an introduction to the theoretical foundations of innovation dynamics. Students then gained insight into new venture healthcare creation and funding by participating in focused exercises to embed the learning and understanding. This module is a foundation stone for developing a framework for each student’s Healthcare Innovation Project (to be undertaken across modules 7 and 8).

More information on the HIHI/TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation can be found here or email Nina Holmes, holmesni@tcd.ie