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Look who won HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Cork Regional Final!

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Individual Winner: Aoife Collins The Rapid-Access Online Active Back Care (ABC) Program 

Team Winner: Dr Kevin Deasy/Dr Marcus Kennedy Remote Learning in Bronchoscopy using a Low -Fidelity Airway Simulator 

Runners up:

Dr Paul McCarroll A novel clinical care pathway for the management of acute stable spinal compression fractures 

Leigh Blackmore Cardiac Physiologist led loop recorder implant service 

Conor O’Mahony and Rachel Casey The Posture Post 

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See the winners of HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Dublin Region!

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Individual Winner: Mr Ramy Khojaly A Novel Ankle Range of Motion (ROM) measuring device 

Team Winner: Sarah Louise Killeen and Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe The FIGO Nutrition Checklist – the first step in pregnancy nutrition 

Runners up:  

Dr Edmond Power, Dr Sarah Taaffe and Prof. Farhana Sharif “Box of Happiness” Resource Tool Kit for Children 

Patrick Healy and Dermot McDonnell Sleepycubs…babies second skin, but your first response 

Clodagh Rooney and Loretta Ratcliffe Targeted Health Care Solutions – IUse App 

 

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Check out the HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Winners from the Galway Region!

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Individual Winner: Claire Ahern AniMammo 

Team Winner: Edel Siney, Andy Byrne and Brian O’Ceallaigh Upper Limb Rehab App 

Runners up:  

Ally Russel, Dr Muhammad Tariq and Maura Rice Helping children learn through play at an early age to manage and control their asthma and allergies 

Jacopo Villani, Ita madden, Mary Kennedy, Ciara Ridge, Mary Byrne, Peter O’Reilly, Petra Daly and Doreen Carpenter Travelling Towards Mental Health Equity 

Dr Muhammad Raheel Garvin’s Colonoscopy Belt 

 

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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.

 

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:

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.

15 women-led start-ups awarded Competitive Start-up Funding

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One of HIHI’s Health Innovations 2020 winners, My Gut Solution, is one of the 15 women-led start ups awarded Competitive Start Funding.  As well as receiving funding from Enterprise Ireland, the start-ups will join a 12-week online accelerator programme led by Dublin BIC.

Read full Silicon Republic article below:

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/women-led-start-ups-competitive-start-funding-enterprise-ireland

‘Design Thinking & Embedding a Culture of Innovation’: Dr Barry McMahon leads Module 2 in our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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On Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th of November Health Innovation Hub Ireland and TCD welcomed students to Module 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation (Level 9 NFQ).

Taking place online (due to ongoing government restrictions), the course was opened on Friday with welcome addresses from Dr Barry Mc Mahon, Chief Physicist/Clinical Associate (Clinical Medicine), Trinity College Dublin; Dr. John Dinsmore, Assistant Professor in Digital Integrated Care and the Health Innovation Lead of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI); and Professor Paul Coughlan, Professor in Operations Management and Director of Accreditation & Quality Assurance at Trinity Business School.

The objective of this module was to understand and use design thinking methodologies in a group environment to try to solve healthcare challenges. Creativity and design can be combined with knowledge and experience to accelerate and drive improvements in the delivery of healthcare. Students explored how healthcare organisations can develop and transform their services, their processes, and create new products ideas.

Working in teams, the students identified a healthcare challenge, developed a prototype solution, and finished the module with a pitch in front of a panel of Dr Barry McMahon, Dr John Dinsmore, Prof Paul Coughlan, Ann Quinn (Organisational and Development lead at Children’s Health Ireland), and Fran Hegarty (Chief Healthcare Technology Officer at New Children’s Hospital Dublin). Using these ‘real world’ challenges allows students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, and visualisation methodologies.

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

 

HIHI/HSE Health Innovation Champion Scholarships announced

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HIHI/HSE Health Innovation Champion Scholarships announced

 Today Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) announces the seven HSE staff who have been successful in gaining a scholarship place on the second year of the clinician led HIHI and Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation. From almost 50 applicants these seven, (detail in notes) were identified as high potential change makers in the Irish health system and offered a scholarship place among a class of health industry and health sector students.

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. The 2020/21 cohort of HIHI/HSE Health Innovation Champions come from organisations spanning the country – Cork, Dublin, Drogheda, Tullamore, Westmeath, Mayo and Donegal representing a diverse range of roles, departments and levels. These seven  are now part of an action focused learning community of 18, focused on accelerating change within their organisations. Over the 12-month programme, the students will 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. Along with their fellow students, HIHI/HSE Innovation Champions will be supported to identify and implement  an innovative solution suitable for  each participant’s workplace, that will have a positive impact in Irish healthcare. As the HSE continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, innovation – new ways of doing things – is  vital to the health sector.

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. Our students are confident and inspirational leaders, learning to create their personal innovation framework to apply in healthcare organisations. All of our students share a common vision of creating an innovative healthcare system to change the system and improve outcomes for patients.

”The application process for this year’s Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation was more competitive than ever, with a very high number of applications. I want to publically congratulate the outstanding applicants who have been accepted onto the programme.”

Sustained innovation in Irish healthcare, at an economically and fiscally responsible pace, must be a collaborative effort, requiring input from key players across the health landscape. HIHI and TCD recognise this and deliberately recruit students from both the health sector and the enterprise of health to the postgraduate diploma in healthcare innovation. The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation is currently delivered entirely online in keeping with government recommendations. Lectures will take place in TCD’s Tangent in the TCD business school on campus when these are lifted.

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 HIHI/HSE Health Innovation Champion Scholarships awardees:

Name Title Organisation Location
Eleanor Campbell Clinical Specialist Radiographer in the Emergency Department (ED) Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
Antoinette Doherty Clinical nurse Specialist/ Advanced Nurse Prcatitioner CHO Area 1 Donegal
John Kelly Deputy CEO Tallaght University Hospital Dublin
Marie Prendergast Business Manager
Primary Care
Community Healthcare Organisation 2 Castlebar, Co Mayo
Niamh Gibney Senior Occupational Therapist Community Mental Health Centre Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Eileen Lombard Senior Physiotherapist Mercy University Hospital Cork
Wishes to remain anonymous     Tullamore, Co Offaly

St James’ Hospital recruits patients with TB for Video Direct Observational Therapy study to investigate smartphone versus community care, in an Irish research first

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A Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) pilot study with St James’ Hospital will investigate the benefits of using technology against in person care in Tuberculosis (TB) medication adherence. In both the United Kingdom and the United States, the standard of care to ensure TB medication compliance is Video Direct Observational Therapy (VDOTS). The patient records a video ingesting medication remotely and submits securely via software to the TB nurse. Currently in Ireland, a community nurse physically visits a patient with TB medication adherence, watches each take their medication and records it manually on a hard copy – this is Direct Observational Therapy (DOT).

The public health nurse visits a patient’s home either once or twice a day, within the traditional DOT system for TB medication adherence,in use across Ireland depending on the treatment plan. By contrast, VDOTS uses a mobile smartphone application that allows patients to remotely record and send videos of every medication dose ingested. The nurse then views the date and time stamped videos on a secure web-based client management system (CMS) that is password protected. Once a patient’s videos are uploaded to the web portal, they are automatically deleted from the smartphone.

In 2018 in Ireland, there were 315 cases of TB notified with 38.4 per cent of total cases reported in Dublin. St James’ TB Clinical Nurse Specialist, Loraine Dolan approached HIHI to support the pilot study. The pilot will run for up to 18 months and test if VDOTS is superior to DOTS in recording doses of TB treatment that up to 40 Irish patients receive. The study will assess patient quality of life, cost effectiveness and resource efficiencies e.g. hours saved.  A similar UK study, published in The Lancet last year, found that the costs of providing DOT over six months were estimated at £5,700 per patient for observations five times per week and £3,420 for observations three times per week. For daily VOT over 6 months, costs were estimated at £1645 per patient.

Mary Day CEO St James’ Hospital said:

“As Irelands’ largest hospital, St James is committed to realising the full value of health technology and remote care to reduce the burden on the acute setting, achieve cost savings and empower our patients as active participants in their own care. We need this now more than ever.

“This HIHI/St James’ pilot has been driven by ingenuity on the frontline through Lorraine, with the invaluable support of Health Innovation Hub Ireland whose Dublin office is based here in St James Hospital.”

Eimear Galvin, HIHI TCD Manager said:

“Part of the HIHI national network is based in St James hospital, so we are very pleased to support this study and to have secured the software at no cost to the health service for the pilot duration.

“The need for remote care and patient management that technology such as this delivers is even more urgent now since Covid-19.  As a leader in digital health in Ireland, St James’ is the ideal site to test VDOT.”

Lorraine Dolan TB Nurse Specialist and study PI said:

“TB is a curable disease; however duration of treatment is lengthy ranging from six months to two years depending on the type and location of TB. The main aim of DOT is to ensure that patients take their medications each day and most importantly complete the treatment course.

“Although not a complete replacement for DOTs, VDOTS empowers patients who can engage with it, to live their lives normally without constraints and interruption to their working day or home life with a nurse visit. This HIHI/St James study will be the first to offer the VDOTS option to TB patients.”

TB remains a global health threat. In 2018, 1.5 million people died from TB. TB now ranks as the leading cause of death worldwide from an infectious agent, resulting in more deaths than HIV and malaria (WHO, 2019). Globally there were 10 million new cases of TB in 2018. Directly observed treatment (DOT) has been the standard of care for tuberculosis since the early 1990s, but in some cases can  be   inconvenient for patients and service providers. The use of VDOT has emerged in the last decade with the improvements in technology as an alternative approach in ensuring compliance with TB treatment.

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland

HIHI has a remit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Department of Health to support business development and positively impact healthcare. HIHI recognises that collaboration with business can benefit patient care, patient pathways and outcomes. The hub’s national network connects innovative healthcare products with people qualified to test them, through usability, pilot and validation studies, supporting the development of new healthcare technologies and exposing the Irish health system to the latest innovative solutions. There are three hubs in the national network – Cork, Galway and Dublin.

 St James Hospital TB Centre

Established in St. James’s Hospital in 2004 the TB service comprises a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Consultant Respiratory Physicians, Registrar, TB Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Pharmacist, Public Health Doctors and Nurses, and administration staff work together.  Their aim is to ensure patients are seen efficiently, receive the appropriate TB investigations and treatment and support the patients to enable completion of treatment. Most patients with TB are treated as an outpatient. In Ireland, there were 315 cases of TB notified in 2018 with 38.4 per cent of total cases reported in Dublin (HSE, Health Protection surveillance Centre).

Lancet Study

Smartphone-enabled video-observed versus directly observed treatment for tuberculosis: a multicentre, analyst-blinded, randomised, controlled superiority trial (VOLUME 393, ISSUE 10177, P1216-1224, MARCH 23, 2019)