Posts by: Gillian O'Mahony

Interreg Europe names HIHI as an example of good practice supporting businesses in the Silver economy

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An Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform expert has recognised Health Innovation Hub Ireland as a sectoral innovation hub example of good practice and acknowledged HIHI as: “A hub accelerating healthcare innovation and commercialisation through addressing healthcare challenges.”

Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. They create an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions and policy learning as well as aiming to make sure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.

The Policy Learning Platform expert highlighted that: “HIHI is an example of a good practice that supports businesses in the Silver Economy to innovate and develop healthcare solutions for older adults. This good practice has the potential to be replicated across European regions.”

Interreg Europe’s site recognises that HIHI is as an example of cooperation between two governmental departments that bring their most relevant knowledge to have a successful SME innovation facilitation service. The hub also has a strong partnership in terms of clinical and academic centres. It was outlined “that hubs such as this are a great way of facilitating innovation in companies”.  It was highlighted that for SMEs, it is imperative to access expert knowledge to validate prototypes and pilot market-ready solutions in real-life situations. “This practice has a high replication value in other regions. It is a holistic cooperation mechanism that can enable innovation and SME growth in health-tech and silver economy services.”

Interreg Europe’s expert further outlines how HIHI is a valuable resource for SME’s as HIHI facilitates pilot market-ready solutions in real-world healthcare settings, validates prototypes with healthcare experts and verify ideas that meet healthcare and market needs. They also recognised that HIHI provides guidance and advice on health priority needs, product development, regulatory requirements and procurement as well as promoting cultural change in the healthcare system to support and drive innovation from within.

Interreg Europe’s site points to the fact that the Irish government recognises the need for an integrated healthcare system to enable older people to remain at home for longer and recognised HIHI’s role.  “HIHI in Cork supported the enterprise ‘CareFolk’, who developed an integrated care platform (web & mobile) for clinicians, health professionals and community services for the assessment, management, co-ordination and review of patients. One clinician reported Carefolk ‘reduced my admin time by up to 50%’. This pilot allowed sharing of patient information between care team members. Following completion, this has been recommended with the addition of extra features to the national health service”.

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Next HIHI Webinar ‘Health Innovation Ecosystem in Ireland’ takes place on Wednesday 29th September

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We are delighted to announce our next webinar in our series of Health Innovation Hub Ireland Webinars entitled “Health Innovation Ecosystem in Ireland“.

We are changing the format a little this time with a panel discussion, this will allow you to ask questions and engage.

The panel will be moderated by HIHI Interim Director Dr Tanya Mulcahy with an excellent line-up of panelists from across the health innovation sector including:

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, HIHI

Dr Sinead Keogh, Ibec

Professor Martin Curley, HSE Digital Transformation

Clare Harney, HealthTech Ireland

Join us for this panel discussion to learn more about Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), Ibec, Digital Transformation (HSE) and HealthTech Ireland and how Irish companies can engage with each.

Please submit your questions in advance to  

When: 13:00pm Wednesday 29th September 2021

Register HERE 

HIHI to chair session at Smart Health Summit 2021

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HIHI will chair the ‘Commercialising Healthcare Innovation’ panel discussion at the upcoming Smart Health Summit, which will take place virtually on Tuesday, 14th September.

The event will be broadcast live from the Smart Health Summit dedicated studio in Dublin.

Virtual care and telemedicine, implementing a vital digital infrastructure and building a cyber resilient culture will be among the topics discussed at the event.

To find out more on the topics, the speakers and how to book tickets, click on link below…



Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace Postgrad Certificate in Healthcare Innovation Open Evening Webinar Session this week!

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Webinar Registration



Healthcare Innovation Course: Q&A Open Evening


Developed by Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin’s School of Medicine and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, this Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation combines the academic expertise of Ireland’s oldest university with the entrepreneurial capacity of a world-class innovation hub to deliver something truly unique.

It offers a unique opportunity for individuals to build an entrepreneurial mindset to innovation within a healthcare context. On completion of this short course which takes place over 9 weekends, individuals will have developed the critical thinking skills required to creatively solve problems, confidently present their ideas for approval, and become ambassadors for change – empowered to drive a culture of innovation within their healthcare organisation.

Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 11th August for a 45 minute Q&A session on the course, hosted by Tangent’s Head of Education Dr. Daniel Rogers, and Student Recruitment Officer Jane Flanagan.

The course is generously funded under the Springboard+ initiative and is free to eligible candidates. The course is open to anyone interested in developing ideas for improved healthcare delivery – including patients, healthcare workers and those outside of direct healthcare provision such as life scientists, technologists, and supply chain professionals.

We hope you can join us!


Aug 11, 2021 06:00 PM in Dublin

To register click on below link:


ResHub in the media!

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ResHub, a new SaaS app designed to keep nursing home residents socially engaged has been developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC) and Health Innovation Hub Ireland.

ResHub is being trialled in Cork and Dublin nursing homes and aims to improve wellbeing for elderly people in residential care in Ireland.

Check out the latest media coverage for ResHub:




ROSIA to launch Open Market Consultation on 12th July

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8th  July 2021

 ROSIA (Remote Rehabilitation Service for Isolated Areas) partners will launch an Open Market Consultation (OMC), on Monday 12th July. The OMC provides an opportunity for companies interested in contributing solutions to the project to present their ideas.

ROSIA is a European Commission Horizon 2020, Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) project, consisting of 12 partners across 5 countries. ROSIA’s main objective is to address health care provision shortcomings and advance innovative digital solutions with development of devices and applications enhancing community care services for patients in their rehabilitation journey.

Four pre-OMC on-line events were held throughout June, with presentations given by ROSIA Partners from Ireland, Spain, Portugal and International. 114 companies attended these events which provided an opportunity for information sharing and engagement with a view to further participation in the project. The Irish OMC Event was particularly successful with engagement from national agencies Enterprise Ireland, the Health Innovation Hub and with 13 leading technology companies in Ireland presenting the state-of-the-art in eHealth particularly for patient services in rural and isolated areas, and rehabilitation services for people with Spinal Cord Injury and Acquired Brain Injury.

Pre-OMC attendees who have follow-up queries should direct requests back to the ROSIA Website (, or to Maria Bezunartea Alvarez ( or Sofia Moreno (

How will the Project Progress?

As part of ROSIA’s ‘Open Tender’ process contracts will be awarded to industry partners to advance a comprehensive, integrated solution/s for European care providers; identifying innovative technologies validated in real life and patient engagement exercises.

A PCP, (pre-commercial procurement) will be used as an instrument to convoke intelligent solutions to problems citizens face; solutions that the market does not currently provide. It has been used in Europe for a number of years now. In a PCP, the public administration is involved in the co-creation process, together with private bidders. The process will inspire a good number of new solutions and prototypes and the two most interesting will be implemented and tested in European regions participating in ROSIA (Portugal, Ireland and Spain).

What kinds of companies are ROSIA looking for?

  • Companies developing technological solutions that could be useful in
  • Companies that provide an open platform able to support these kinds of
  • Companies that manage community services related to
  • Companies that facilitate engagement and

For further information, contact:

Alli McClean, NRH-ROSIA Project Coordinator  Tel: 01 235 5132  |

 Issued by: The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 E2 H2


Winners of HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation Competition 2021!

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Winning health Innovations from HSE-HIHI’s Spark Ignite Innovation competition announced

Funding is awarded to healthcare innovations from HSE staff

17th June 2021. Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and the HSE’s Spark Innovation Programme today concluded their HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite innovation competition with a national final. The HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Programme 2021, is open to all 115,000+ HSE staff across all disciplines and departments. The overarching goal is to help staff from within the health service with a solution to a problem, challenge, or unmet need in healthcare, to validate the need, and determine if a market exists for their proposed solution, product, or service. It is a unique opportunity for HSE staff, supported by the commercial and industrial experience of the HIHI team to develop and to promote their ideas.

Over 180 applications with innovative ideas in healthcare were received from HSE staff nationwide.  Following a rigorous review, 36 finalists were chosen to go forward to a bespoke HIHI innovation workshop delivered by Donncha Hughes (Start-up Hughes) and supported by the Local Enterprise Office Galway. All winners will receive continued mentorship and guidance from HIHI to develop their idea further and avail of the bespoke HIHI Innovation pathway (

The 36 finalists received mentorship from the HIHI mentor panel to bring their innovative ideas and solutions towards reality, and to prepare them for the regional pitching competitions. Regional pitching finals were associated with each of the three HIHI offices, Cork, Dublin and Galway, and concluded last week. The 12 finalists in each region pitched to a panel of experienced judges to win funding for the development or implementation of their idea. The judging panel comprised experts from industry, venture investment, Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, public and private healthcare, and academia.

Each regional final awarded five prizes: Best Individual Applicant Overall, Best Team Applicant Overall, both winning €3,000, and then three €1,000 runner-up prizes. The best individual applicant overall and best team applicant overall from each region qualified for the National Final on Wednesday the 16th of June.

The winner of the national final for the individual and team category received a further €2,000 toward their innovation.

The Spark Ignite initiative is funded by the HSE’s Spark Innovation Programme, a collaboration between the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD), National Doctor Training and Planning (NDTP), the Health and Social Care Professionals Office (HSCP) and the Quality Improvement Team (QIT) to support frontline innovation and quality improvement across the HSE.  The annual HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite competition is one of the key initiatives of the HSE’s Spark Innovation Programme (

The innovative projects submitted to the HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite competition included a variety of new products and services with commercial appeal, and healthcare service or process improvements applicable to any hospital or team, home and abroad. All of which have the patient and the care teams at the heart and seek to improve healthcare for everyone.

And the winners are:

Best Individual overall winner HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation competition 2021

Aoife Collins, a Senior Physiotherapist and Coordinator of Active Back Care Program in the Physiotherapy Department, Cork South Lee PCC, HSE with “The Rapid-Access Online Active Back Care (ABC) Program”. Aoife plans to adapt and deliver her existing award-winning, evidence-based, group-rehabilitation program online via a customisable platform, provided by Salaso Health Solutions.

 On receiving the award Aoife Collins said “I am delighted to win the prestigious Spark Ignite National Award on behalf of The Physiotherapy Department in Cork South Lee Primary Care. To be short-listed in such a competitive contest has given me the confidence to believe in my innovation and drive it forward. Winning this competition has shown me that innovative healthcare is essential to continuously improve HSE service provision, and that Spark Ignite offers the support needed to all front line staff to develop their ideas from a spark to their fruition”.

Best overall Team Winner HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation competition 2021:

Dr Kevin Deasy (Respiratory Special Registrar) and Dr Marcus Kennedy (Consultant Respiratory Physician and Interventional Pulmonologist) with ”Remote Learning in Bronchoscopy using a Low-Fidelity Airway Simulator “HSE – Cork University Hospital. Dr Kevin and Dr Marcus plan to develop a low cost flat-pack bronchoscopy and pleural ultrasound kit for home assembly and remote learning. Their ultimate goal is to develop a formal, well-researched simulation program encompassing real world and distance learning through remote video platforms using this flat pack simulator.

Dr Deasy and Dr Kennedy accepted the award saying “We are delighted to be selected as a winner in this national final event and thank the expert panel. All presentations were outstanding and it is an honour to present in the same program. We would like to thank the HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Project Group, Health Innovation Hub Ireland and Dr Andrew Cameron NUI Galway/Feeltect for his expertise and mentorship. Finally we would like to thank our collaborators, Prof. Helen Whelton and Barry O’Reilly, UCC, Prof. Peter Dieckmann, CAMES Copenhagen, Prof. Roberto Casal, Boston Scientific and Boston Scientific Ireland.”

Mr Paul Reid, CEO, HSE congratulated the winners
“Our health service has encountered great challenges in recent times but throughout it all, HSE workers have demonstrated tremendous determination and navigated great obstacles via creativity and innovation. It is more important now than ever before that this approach is encouraged and championed, and I believe that the HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation Competition is the perfect opportunity to discover new and better ways of service delivery.

“It is heartening to see the increase in applications this year, which aptly demonstrates the commitment HSE workers have to growth and improvement in the face of adversity. I would firstly like to pay tribute to all involved in the 180 applications, which were submitted from a diverse range of areas within our health service, and particularly, to the 36 qualifying finalists. A hearty congratulations to Aoife Collins of the Physiotherapy Department in Cork South Lee Primary Care, HSE, and Dr Kevin Deasy and Dr Marcus Kennedy, CUH, who were the deserving winners of the National Spark Ignite Final 2021. I wish them well in the development of their projects and look forward to seeing them come to fruition.”

Dr Colm Henry, CCO, HSE: “The past year has shown that without innovative thinking in times of crisis, we will perish. Healthcare professionals throughout the country responded by necessity to the great challenges we face: it is indeed true to say: ‘múineann gá seift’. This culture of innovation has been captured by programmes such the HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation Competition. We have found that not only can we devise solutions with innovative thinking, but we can also implement them quickly in times of necessity. I would like to extend my congratulations to all involved, particularly winners Aoife Collins of the Physiotherapy Department in Cork South Lee Primary Care, HSE, and Dr Kevin Deasy and Dr Marcus Kennedy, CUH. It is with great pride we celebrate such a high calibre workforce.”

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, Interim Director, Health Innovation Hub Ireland, said “It is always a pleasure to deliver this programme to support innovation from our healthcare staff – the quality of ideas and calibre of presentations was outstanding. What was really clear this year was that through the HIHI workshops and support from the HIHI mentors, good ideas of high value and impact were developed”

Dr Alan Hopkins, National Fellow for Innovation and Change, HSE Spark Innovation said “Spark Ignite is a unique interdisciplinary initiative where innovative HSE staff can develop their ideas through a series of workshops with mentorship. The funding awarded to the top projects pitched at regional and national level will help to transform these ideas into tangible solutions that will enhance healthcare delivery within the HSE and beyond.”

In addition to this year’s prizes, special recognition was given by Bank of Ireland to two projects in the form of the Best Innovation in Healthcare Award (Individual) and the Best Innovation in Healthcare Award (Team). The recipients of the special recognition went to Claire Ahern, a Senior Radiographer at BreastCheck West, Galway with “AniMammo”. AniMammo, and Edel Siney (Occupational Therapist), Andy Byrne (Physiotherapist) and Brian O’Ceallaigh (Senior Physiotherapist) with “Upper Limb Rehab App”, HSE – University Hospital Galway, respectively.