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Great coverage of HIHI’s pilot with Telea in Irish Medical Times

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Read a great article by Terence Cosgrave editor of the Irish Medical Times on how Irish start-up Telea is helping Parkinson’s speech therapy. Health Innovation Hub Ireland has recently completed a pilot with Telea which was launched on World Parkinsons Day this year. This new home therapy platform offers new hope to the 12,000 Irish people living with the disease.

Read the article in the IMT here.

Read the full case study here.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland launches first GreenTech @ HIHI sustainable healthcare pilot study

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Healthcare contributes 4.4% to global greenhouse gas emissions. Ireland currently ranks as a major emitter (between 0.5 and 1 million t) when compared to other countries. There is a growing need to reduce healthcare emissions in order to reduce Ireland’s impact on the global carbon footprint.

In line with the HSE’s objectives to ‘reduce the impact of climate change and promote greener approaches to health practices’ one of HIHI’s focus areas is on alternatives and improvements to single use products within healthcare.

In response, HIHI today launches it’s first GreenTech sustainable healthcare pilot study with Ecco Spray Ltd. The product, POCUS Spray is CE approved for use in healthcare and designed to be an alternative, more sustainable ultrasound medium to be used across a range of ultrasound services. HIHI supported a technical evaluation of the product in Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) as well as collecting anonymised feedback from clinicians. POCUS Spray is a water-based spray stored in a 50 ml spray bottle. The spray averages 18 examinations per 50ml bottle with no requirement for paper towels post exam as the spray naturally evaporates after 4-5 minutes. This attribute also leaves no residue on the probe head. Overall waste is reduced with less bottles, paper towels and less plastics.

Explore the full case study here

Coming soon to GreenTech @ HIHI
In Autumn this year watch out for HIHI’s first GreenTech sustainable healthcare call competition.
Stay tuned for details and how to apply!

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation now taking applications. Join the informational webinar to find out more

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Do you want to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation leadership and become an innovation champion of the future? Apply today to the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation. This one year course is run by Trinity College Dublin in association with Health Innovation Hub Ireland. Accelerate your career and lead the delivery of innovation impact across Irish healthcare.
Applications are now open. For full details visit  Healthcare Innovation (P.Grad.Dip) – Courses | Trinity College Dublin (

For a further information on course content there will be an information webinar Wednesday May 8th, 2024 at 5.30pm. See full details below. Advance registration required.

Meet SAOR Health one of the winners of HIHI’s Femtech Innovation competition with a health app that will enable women to be safe and confident when exercising outdoors

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The SAOR Health app will let women set their emergency contacts (SOS Tribe) and share real-time locations with trusted people (Training Tribe). This gives women confidence to exercise outdoors without risking their safety, improving their physical and mental health. The Route Rating function improves user experience by revealing route safety. This user-led information fosters a supportive community as women share their feedback on routes and contribute to each other’s safety. This app is currently in development and will be available on the Google Play and Apple stores later in 2024.

SAOR Health

SAOR Health is a femtech company that prioritises safety for women while they exercise.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland announces 11 winning FemTech companies and products to watch for 2024

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HIHI is delighted to announce the winners of its first ever Irish FemTech call to industry. This is set to be a trailblazer for Femtech industries in Ireland as it’s the first time that there has been a focus on innovations that address women’s health.  In total there were 37 applications, 11 were selected as winners and will receive further product development support from HIHI.

Applicants were selected based on novelty, the significance of the problem addressed, market and potential for future investment. What’s interesting is that five of the eleven winners had products that are considered ‘deep tech’ and 27 of the 37 companies had a female founders (73%).

Deep tech startups are those whose technology is based on tangible engineering innovation or scientific advances and discoveries applied for the first time as a product, often aiming to solve society’s biggest issues. (Deep Tech: Europe |

The winning FemTech products include innovations in the area of fertility, menopause, contraception, postpartum health, fitness, bladder health and Parkinson’s in women. Read about the full range of winning, products, founders and companies here.

Speaking on the announcement of the winners, Dr Tanya Mulcahy, Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland said: “I would like to congratulate the 11 companies and founders on becoming the first winning companies of the inaugural Femtech Innovation competition in Ireland. We have a massive opportunity to encourage, support and enable development of new innovations in FemTech and ensure that Ireland is firmly placed on the global FemTech map. These companies will go a long way in achieving that objective”.

Dr Mulcahy explained that there is huge opportunity to pool women’s health ideas and develop them. “While, this competition was specifically for products at prototype or market ready stage, I have no doubt that there are many more ‘ideas’ out there also and we intend to support this very early stage of FemTech innovations through a future programme.”

And the winners are

 Alta Science

Amara Therapeutics


AVeta Medical


My Moves Matter

OnaWave Medical

PPR Healthcare

SAOR Health

The Menopause Hub



HIHI delighted to welcome new team member to HIHI HQ offices in Cork

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HIHI is delighted to welcome Joann Kelleher (they/them) to the team at HIHI. Joann takes up the post of Research Support Officer. Joann previously held the post of Research Admin Assistant in the Oncology Clinical Trials Unit at CUH. Joann is also currently completing an MSc in Clinical Trials.

Joann’s education includes a BSC in Physiology, a PG Dip in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine and a PG Cert and PG Dip in Clinical Trials.

Enterprise Ireland Health Innovation Hub Ireland Clinical Innovation Award 2023 Winners Announced  

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On 21st November 2023, Dr. Conor Judge, Dr. Claire Stenson, and Dr. Declan Sheppard were announced as winners of the Enterprise Ireland Health Innovation Hub Ireland Clinical Innovation Awards 2023. The HIHI Clinical Innovation Award is designed to support all healthcare professionals in Ireland to explore the commercial feasibility of their innovative ideas with the potential to transform the way medical care is delivered in Ireland and abroad. The Award welcomes innovative technologies at all stages of development from concept, early stage research through to more advanced projects.

Congratulations to this year’s winners

The Clinical Innovation Awards serve as a testament to Ireland’s commitment to fostering cutting-edge solutions in healthcare, driving progress, and shaping the future of medical care. As these award-winning innovations progress, they hold the potential to redefine standards and positively impact patients’ lives both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Conor Judge: AI Revolutionizing Hypertension Management

Dr. Conor Judge,  is a Consultant Nephrologist, Electronic and Computer Engineer, PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Senior Lecturer in Applied Clinical Data Analytics at the University of Galway. His primary focus is applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to enhance patient care, particularly in the realm of chronic conditions like hypertension. He leads the development of an AI Clinical Decision Support System (AI-CDSS) for Hypertension management at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway. This project uses data from randomised controlled trials to predict complex treatment decisions for persons with hypertension and is a testament to his commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible with AI in healthcare.

The AI-BP system, a sophisticated platform utilizing state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning approaches, aims to provide real-time, personalized treatment decisions based on clinical trial data. Dr. Judge’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of AI in healthcare has garnered him recognition, including prestigious awards and research funding. His innovation holds promise for comprehensive, personalized hypertension management for diverse patient populations.

Dr. Claire Stenson: Smart Pleuro – A Revolutionary Solution for Malignant Pleural Effusions

Dr. Claire Stenson is a surgical trainee in Upper Gastro Intestinal (GI) surgery at Tallaght University Hospital. Dr Stenson’s solution the Smart Pleuro device, is a groundbreaking solution for treating patients with malignant pleural effusion. Current solutions often fail, requiring repeat hospitalizations and negatively impacting patients’ quality of life. Smart Pleuro, aims to treat and prevent the recurrence of malignant pleural effusions, offering a more effective alternative, aiming to significantly improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Stenson’s innovation addresses a critical need in patient care, providing a promising solution that could reduce hospitalizations, re-interventions, and enhance the overall quality of life for those affected by malignant pleural effusions.

Dr. Declan Sheppard: Portable Ultrasound Device Enhancing Venous Access

Dr. Declan Sheppard, Consultant Radiologist and Clinical Director of Radiology at University Hospital Galway, aims to develop a novel ultrasound device designed to improve venous access. Recognizing the challenges in obtaining access to veins and the associated complications, Dr. Sheppard’s solution offers a more portable and accessible alternative to the current state-of-the-art devices.

This innovative ultrasound device aims to assist clinicians in gaining access to challenging veins, reducing delays in blood sampling, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Sheppard’s forward-thinking approach aligns with the pursuit of adopting the latest technologies to enhance clinical care and efficiency within the healthcare system.



Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) announce new clinical innovation partnership aimed at improving patient care

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Check out coverage of the new clinical partnership in the Irish Medical Times.

New partnership aims to drive innovation in healthcare  

Read HIHI’s recent press release announcing the new clinical innovation partnership.

Media Release

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) announce new clinical innovation partnership aimed at improving patient care

Tuesday, 7th November, 2023.  Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) have today announced a new partnership to facilitate innovation in healthcare in Ireland and improve patient care.

The HIHI national team located in Cork, Dublin and Galway and the Mater  Hospital will work together to deliver key programmes and activities to support the healthcare innovation ecosystem in Ireland. Projects will include working with clinical innovators at the hospital to create viable products and to develop pre-commercial prototypes and market ready products.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) was established by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to drive collaboration between the health service and enterprise and is headquartered in University College Cork (UCC).

The HIHI partnership facilitates access to the healthcare system through academic partners in its host institutions nationally in University College Cork (UCC), Munster Technological University (MTU), University of Galway (NUIG), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the academic institution’s respective hospital groups namely the South/South West Hospital Group, the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Saolta Healthcare Group. HIHI is delighted to welcome the Mater to this innovative network and marks the expansion of HIHI’s clinical and academic sites in Ireland.

Working with enterprise, HIHI supports the development of new healthcare technologies, products, and services through its healthcare innovation pathway. It facilitates access to hospitals, primary care centres, community and other healthcare settings, for pilot and validation studies. HIHI’s remit is crucial for Irish companies as it provides an in-depth knowledge of healthcare requirements and processes and provides access to Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in healthcare.

Working with healthcare, HIHI works directly with healthcare professionals and those active in health provision nationally. HIHI supports the development of ideas from clinicians on the frontline into products and services through idea assessment and provides support with funding options, mentoring, as well as providing access to academic research expertise to develop solutions to everyday problems.

The experience HIHI brings to this new partnership matches the innovative strides of the team at the Mater Hospital. In 2018, MMUH established the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare offering a unique, flexible, interdisciplinary educational space for education, clinical research and healthcare innovation. The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare exemplifies the vision of MMUH to be a leader in innovation of specialist services and healthcare transformation with a strong academic and research agenda.

In a recent development to continue the innovation journey at MMUH, an allocated space was designated within the Pillar Centre as a site for a proposed Medtech Incubator Hub. The partnership will also co-fund an appointment to lead the unit. To date a number of potentially viable commercial ideas have been developed by Mater staff through Medtech Innovation Sprints. The Pillar Centre is also committed to developing specialist postgraduate education in the medtech / device innovation space. The interaction with commercial and corporate entities around device design and medtech development has also progressed such that a number of companies are collaborating with Mater Innovators in areas such as Oncology, Breast Cancer and Spinal surgery.

The Med Tech Incubator Site at the Pillar Centre will ensure the continued growth of the Mater Hospital’s innovation programme and will act as a hub for ‘spin in companies’ and innovators to work together on innovation projects.  The partnership with HIHI will facilitate the launch of this pioneering  Medtech Incubator Hub in the MMUH and will increase its profile in Healthcare Medtech Innovation as well as spearheading a best practice model of design-     led clinical innovation within the hospital. This will facilitate clear pathways for triage, development and commercialisation of these innovations- which is also the goal of the Health Innovation Hub, nationally.

Prof Brendan Kinsley, Clinical Director at the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare, welcomed the partnership: “This is an exciting development for the Mater Hospital and the Pillar Centre.  We see the value that innovation brings to patient care and the support of HIHI is crucial as we develop the Med Tech Incubator Hub at the Pillar Centre. The co-funding of a full-time position to drive our collaboration will allow us to continuously strive to bring the best in innovation to a hospital setting.”

Echoing the value of the agreement, CEO of the Mater Hospital, Alan Sharp said: “I warmly welcome this collaboration between HIHI and the Mater Hospital’s Pillar Centre.  Attracting companies and innovators to work together to solve some of the healthcare challenges we face on the busiest adult hospital campus in the country can only result in better research, education and innovation – which ultimately can improve patient care and outcomes. This is a win-win situation.”

Prof. John R. Higgins HIHI Principal Investigator and CEO South/South West Hospital Group, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork, welcomed the Mater as a new clinical partner site. I’m delighted to welcome the Mater as our newest clinical partner to Health Innovation Hub Ireland. The innovation ethos and agenda of the Mater align closely with the goals of HIHI. We have already worked collaboratively with the Mater team on a number of projects, and I’ve no doubt that this partnership will deliver some impactful outcomes for patients and healthcare”.


Notes to the Editor:

For more information or to arrange interviews:

Health Innovation Hub Ireland contact – Caroline McGarry

M: +353 87 2266062  E:

Mater Hospital     contact –  Deirdre Grant Managing Director Red Flag, Ireland 

M: +353 860484279 E:



Pictured at the signing of the MOU agreement between Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH).

Left to right Dr. Seamus Morris, Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon & Director of Innovation at the Pillar Centre for Transformative Medicine in the Mater Hospital; Prof John R. Higgins, HIHI Principal Investigator, CEO South/South West Hospital Group and UCC Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Erin Daly Operations Manager, the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare, ERIL (Eccles Research Innovation Ltd.) & DERI ( Directorate for Education, Research and Innovation); Dr Tanya Mulcahy, Director Health Innovation Hub Ireland; Prof. Brendan Kinsley, Clinical Director of the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare & DERI; Dr Steven Griffin, Manager Health Innovation Hub Ireland Galway.


About Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) drives collaboration between the health service and enterprise. We offer companies the opportunity to pilot and/or participate in clinical evaluation studies to prove their products. We provide the health service access to innovative products, services and devices that they may not otherwise be exposed to. HIHI is built on the recognition that collaboration with enterprise can benefit patient care, patient pathways and outcomes. We assess all concepts for healthcare innovation from those on the frontline. We encourage healthcare professionals to get in touch with HIHI if they have an idea or solution to how something in your job might work better. HIHI was established by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health and is supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

About The Pillar Centre

The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare was established in 2018 to develop Education, Research and Innovation at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH). This unique Centre and team aspire to enhance the Education, Research and Innovation capability of MMUH as outlined in Doing what Matters, the MMUH Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and Leading innovation to transform patient care, the MMUH Strategic Plan 2022-2025. Through Partnerships, Innovation, Learning, Leadership, Academia and Research, the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare strives to be a leader in Education, Research and Innovation with a particular emphasis on developing the potential of co-location on a hospital campus.

About The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is a level four teaching hospital based in Dublin’s north inner city. The hospital was opened in 1861 by the Sisters of Mercy. In addition to the local services for our catchment area, the Mater Hospital provides a range of frontline and specialist services on a regional and national level.


Our vision is to build on excellence and enhance our role as an international leader in the provision of complex care and specialist services with a strong academic and translational research agenda, empowering our people to deliver excellence in care to our patients while shaping the medicine of tomorrow.