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HIHI Director and FemTech founder Dr Tanya Mulcahy features on the Smarter Health Show with Ivan Yates and Siobhan Breathnach

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HIHI Director and Femtech Founder, Dr Tanya Mulcahy features on The Smarter Health Show podcast with Ivan Yates. The episode is entitled Healthcare in Ireland – What women want. Tanya talks about all things FemTech and the future of womens health in Ireland. She joins the panel conversation with Katie Fay, Operations Team Lead with Randox a healthcare diagnostics company in the UK and Ireland that supports preventative healthcare.

Heidi Davis CEO and founder of IdentifyHer talks to Siobhan on the Business of Health about menopause and common misconceptions and what needs to be changed.

Listen here to the podcast.


Clinical Innovation Awards 2022

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Check out recent coverage of the awards and the winners of the Clinical Innovation Awards in the Silicon Republic. Irish health professionals developed new health techs products detailed in this article.,at%20the%20Clinical%20Innovation%20Awards.

and also great coverage in Irish Tech news

Texas Medical Centre Innovation Talk at HIHI

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Speakers Tom Luby, Director TMC Innovation and Emily Reiser, Associate Director, TMC Innovation provided an overview of TMC Innovation, and how the Centre forms, fosters, recruits, and funds healthcare companies at NUI Galway last Friday to an audience of over 130 people online and in person. They discussed how they engage with and evaluate start-up companies, provide support to entrepreneurs as they broaden their vision and network, and perform diligence on the companies seeking to progress clinical and business milestones.

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland Webinar series

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On the 19th of June 2020 Health Innovation Hub Ireland held a webinar entitled “The Role of Digital Health in the Fight against COVID-19”. This month we welcomed our guest speakers Dr Shourjya Sanyal, CEO of Think Biosolution and Sonia Neary CEO and co- founder of Wellola.

The guest speakers provided an overview of digital health from different perspectives while also providing an insight into each company, the journey to date and the impact and future of digital health. Sonia and Shourjya also discussed the recent success of each company and how they are responding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to thank Sonia and Shourjya for delivering this webinar and everyone who viewed the webinar on the day.

Please see the video below for further information.

Details on upcoming webinars will be announced shortly.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland offers unique quid pro quo to enterprise and the HSE, as it launches national ‘dragons den’ style call for Irish start ups

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Government initiative, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), today launched a national call – both focussed and open – to industry. HIHI works across the health sector with Irish businesses to solve problems, improves the health service and in the process helps to create jobs and exports. The annual HIHI call brings finalists together for a national dragon’s den style pitch, with the winning products fast tracked into Ireland’s health service for study.

This 2018 call is aimed at companies, start-ups, SMEs, who have innovative products or services that are at pre-commercial, demonstration or late development phase and have the potential to significantly impact healthcare.  HIHI offers a unique tailor made pathway for start-ups seeking pilot or validation studies for commercialisation.

The first stage of the HIHI call will be open until August 31, during which time companies must submit an application, available on At stage two, successful applicants are invited to a rigorous competitive pitch process, with representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, HSE and other influencers that they would not ordinarily have direct access to.

At stage three, HIHI acts as a broker, matching companies with relevant clinical teams, overseeing a study of each product in a real life Irish clinical setting and authors a report upon completion of the study. The completed report can offer leverage for products in international markets, enhance distribution opportunities and inform further development.

HIHI National Director, Dr Colman Casey said:

“HIHI provides a unique quid pro quo – we offer companies the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and the health service access to innovative products, services, devices, that they may otherwise not be exposed to.

“These studies offer added credibility with investors and may help with early adoption. The fact is if you have not tested your product in a clinical setting, then commercialisation is distinctly more difficult.  Or the HIHI study may identify that a product needs further refinement after observing its use by a clinical team, which is crucial prior to achieving commercial return on any product or device.”

HIHI partner, the HSE, has highlighted a strategic need for the health service in the focussed call – ‘Enabling positive ageing’ and although all products will be considered for the HIHI pitch, the HSE has asked that companies also consider impact in:

  • Dementia Care
  • Integrated Care
  • Limiting acute hospital admissions
  • Promoting healthy living for longer
  • Minimising polypharmacy
  • Promoting increased independence at home
  • Providing care closer to home

The HSE faces many pressures including an ageing population, rising incidence of long-term conditions, increased costs and budget limitations.

HIHI National Lead and Principal Investigator, Prof John Higgins said:

 “The HSE recognises that collaboration with enterprise can benefit patient care, patient pathways and outcomes. Although HIHI operates an open door policy to both start-ups and the healthcare community, we also work with our partners on focussed calls such as this.

“Our population is growing older, with the number of people aged 65 years and over increasing from 11% in 2011 to 13% in 2016. And this trend will continue; forecasts tell us that the number of people aged over 65 will increase by a further 18% to 753,000 in the next five years. HIHI can provide solutions here, working in partnership with the HSE.”

 HIHI works directly with three hospital groups (South/South West, Dublin Midlands and Saolta in the West/North West).  Pitch winners will effectively have express access to these 23 hospitals, community healthcare facilities and three clinical research networks and HIHI network can access other acute and community hospitals, pharmacies, primary care centres and healthcare centres.

Innovation in HealthTech Event – Tyndall National Institute, Cork

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Innovation in HealthTech brings together leading academics, clinicians, experts and engineers to discuss technology solutions to human health problems.

On 11 June evening, leading academic, clinical representatives and enterprises will discuss the challenges experienced in day to day clinical practice and the wealth of state-of-the-art technology solutions available in academic and industry circles. Discussion areas are respiratory medicine, infectious diseases, general surgery and emergency medicine.

On 12 June, speakers from higher education institutions and industry will present data from diverse pedagogical approaches and models which involve researchers from the engineering, industrial design, medical and business communities to develop medical device solutions in healthcare.

Register here for an opportunity to join the discussion!

Innovation in HealthTech is enabled jointly by the Ireland – Wales EU INTERREG operation Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) and the H2020 Erasmus+ MedInvent project, in collaboration with Health Innovation Hub Ireland, University College Cork Medical Education Unit and Assert. 

Innovation in HealthTech

11th – 12th June 2018 Tyndall National Institute, Cork

 Event Programme


11th June: Addressing Challenges in Medical Device Development


16:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee / Tea
16:30 Opening Remarks

Prof Eoin O’Reilly – Interim CEO, Tyndall National Institute

16:45 Session I: Panel Discussion “From Prototype to Market”

Dr Ciarán Duffy – European Advisor / National Contact Point, Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges – Health, Enterprise Ireland (Session Chair)

Dr Colman Casey – Director, Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Mr Larry O`Dwyer – Scientific Affairs Manager, Health Products Regulatory Authority Ireland

Dr Paul Galvin – Head ICT for Health Strategic Programmes – Head of Life Science Interface Group, Tyndall National Institute

17:30 Keynote Talk: Connecting the dots in Healthcare – the next generation of connected services

Dr Brian Flatley – Business Strategy and Engagement Director, S3 Connected Health

18:00 Buffet Dinner & Networking
19:00 Session II: “Needs & Challenges in the Clinical Market”
19:00 Respiratory Disease – Opportunities for Innovation

Dr Marcus Kennedy – Consultant Respiratory Physician and Interventionist Pulmonologist, Cork University Hospital

19:30 A role for technology in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance?

Dr Corinna Sadlier – Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Member of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee

20:00 Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery

Mr Stephen Brennan – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

20:30 Stop telling us YOUR solutions to the problems YOU perceive we have!


Dr Jason van der Velde – Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Retrieval Physician, National Clinical Lead MEDICO Cork

21:00 Closing Remarks
21:15 Finger Food & Networking
22:00 End of Day 1


12th June: Collaborative Healthcare requires Collaborative Education


09:45 Opening Remarks

Dr Padraig Cantillon-Murphy – Lecturer at the School of Engineering, University College Cork and visiting faculty at IHU Strasbourg

10:00 MedInvent – Educating for innovation and standards in medical device design

Dr Jef Vanderoost – Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering Science, University of Leuven

10:45 Medical Device Design at UCD: From classroom to commercialisation

Dr Eoin O’Cearbhaill – Director of the UCD Medical Device Design Group, Lecturer in Bioengineering at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, UCD

11:30 Coffee/Tea Break & Networking
12:00 Co-education in EUNCL: from cross-expert fertilization to regulatory co-learning

Dr Simon Baconnier – TNA Manager European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory EU-NCL, Clinical Alliance Manager, CEA Grenoble

12:45 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Hybrid Surgery at the IHU-Strasbourg: a new paradigm of education and innovation in France

Prof Lee Swanstrom – Head of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic, Chief Innovations Officer IHU Strasbourg, Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at OHSU

14:45 Smart Digital Healthtech: from Key Enabling Technologies to 4P

Dr Paul Galvin – Head ICT for Health Strategic Programmes, Head of Life Science Interface Group – Tyndall National Institute

15:30 Closing Remarks & End of Day 2
16:00 End of Day 2


Electronic Prescription Trial in Mallow- data collection now complete

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HIHI with McLernon’s Software and Complete GP are and trialling an Electronic Prescription System that uses barcodes printed on the prescription to populate the pharmacy software when scanned on site using a barcode reader.
The current practice of creating a prescription within a GP Practice Management System and printing either to a laser or dot matrix printer has always lead to the potential for error when being transcribed into a pharmacy system due to legibility or human error. This puts the patient at greater risk; however it’s possible to reduce potential errors through the introduction of Electronic Prescription Services (EPS). This enables the prescription to be transferred electronically from GP surgeries to a Pharmacy Computerised System. As there is a legal requirement for a paper-based prescription, the paper prescription will be maintained as the primary document during the course of this study. All other relevant legislation will also be adhered to.

HIH Project Objective
To introduce and roll-out a pilot operation and assessment of a barcode enabled Electronic Prescription Process to Pharmacies in the Mallow catchment area. The project will include Pharmacies using McLernon’s Software and also those who do not use McLernon’s software.

Project Summary
Introduction of Electronic Prescription Service to pharmacies within a 5 mile radius of the Mallow region. All pharmacies in this region were invited to participate. All GPs in this geographic region were informed of the project.

The project was conducted in stages.
Stage 1 – Proof of concept that the bar code on the paper prescription could be used to pull the relevant data into the pharmacy computer system.
Stage 2 – Advance notification to GPs and Pharmacies of the pilot.
Stage3 – GP and Pharmacy feedback
Stage 4- evaluation of data and completion final report

Clinical Location and Team
All Pharmacies within a 5-mile radius of Mallow Town were invited to participate, the following agreed:
Mulcahy’s Pharmacy Main St
Mallow Community Pharmacy
O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy
Doneraile Pharmacy
Boots Pharmacy
Mallow Late Night Pharmacy
Townview Pharmacy
Weedle Pharmacy
Joyce’s Pharmacy

Project Status
The pilot operation is complete. Surveys have been collected and data is currently under review.
Meetings and surveys with participating pharmacies provided valuable feedback.
A report is being completed- this will provide an independent review of the operation of a barcode enabled EPS.

Cork CF Unit is cleanest in the world

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Cork University Hospital (CUH) now has the “cleanest hospital rooms that exist in healthcare worldwide” within its new cystic fibrosis (CF) ward, effectively removing the threat of cross infection to patients.

That’s according to consultant respiratory physician Prof Barry Plant, who was speaking at the official opening of ward 5B, CUH’s new 20-bed adult CF and respiratory ward, paid for by CF charity Build4Life at a cost of €2.3m, the largest single philanthropic donation ever made to the hospital.

Prof Plant said it was a “great day for CUH” and the “realisation of a dream” for patients and families affected by CF in the Munster area.


“It’s been a long road to get here today and you all know why these facilities needed to be developed — to allow our friends and family with CF enter the hospital environment without fear of cross infection,” said Prof Plant.

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Health 2.0 Cork November Meetup

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Health 2.0 Cork aims to have a meet up of healthcare professionals, IT professionals, academics, patient groups and general public. Meet-up session includes talk by guest speakers from healthcare and IT sectors on relevant healthcare related topics and how technology can be an adjunct in rendering healthcare delivery. Panel discussions on the topic is also held. Start-up companies are given an opportunity to demo their product as well. Meet-ups concludes with coffee and networking sessions.