Photo: Jane O’Flynn, HIHI Programme Manager and Conor O’Mullane, Salaso Health Solutions
Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) is pleased to announce that its consortium member Munster Technological University (MTU) has been designated an Age-Friendly University (AFU). The AFU network consists of institutions of higher education around the globe who have endorsed the 10 AFU principles and committed themselves to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies. HIHI congratulates its programme manager Jane O’Flynn and the MTU AFU working group on this achievement.
Being age-friendly is now more important than ever as people are living longer. The number of people aged over 65 is ever increasing and it is expected that 1 in 5 people in Ireland will be in this age group by 2036. While increased life expectancy is a great achievement of public health, the challenge remains to ensure those extra years are as healthy and active for as long as possible. Fuelled by these statistics, there has been a surge in the number of companies developing connected and community based solutions to enable positive ageing. HIHI connects companies developing innovative solutions, with clinical teams and end-users to support the development of their products at idea stage, pre-commercial product stage and conducts clinical pilots of market ready solutions for these companies. Jane O’Flynn leads HIHI’s Engaging Positive Ageing projects and has significant expertise in technology, healthcare requirements and end user needs to support these activities
Technological solutions can help people to age at home. HIHI evaluated Isaac Care, a complete independent living solution that empowers older people to live safely and independently at home, while giving those providing care to them the peace of mind that they’re safe and well. HIHI also worked with Independent Living Ireland and older people in the community to co-design a solution to meet their needs. Practical help is also available from the Age Action Care + Repair initiative which does small DIY jobs and the local authority Age Friendly Healthy Homes programme that helps older people to upgrade their homes so that they can stay there longer.
Innovation in health and rehabilitation allows people to be and remain active while living at home. HIHI is working with Salaso Health Solutions to demonstrate the use of a personalised online exercise programme to support patients on waiting lists for consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon. HIHI is supporting a pilot of ARMED, a Sláintecare funded exercise and weight management programme that can be delivered online or in the community and is aimed at people with arthritis to help them stay active and reduce the need for surgery. Recovering at home following a serious health event can be both isolating and challenging. HIHI piloted Enable Us, a novel online support and wellness service that empowers stroke survivors to take control of life after stroke and brings rehab to the home.
Falling can have a major impact on the health of an older person and their ability to stay at home. As is often been said prevention is the better than cure. HIHI evaluated Balance, a free app developed by Kinesis Health Technologies, to allow an older adult to determine if they are at risk of falls and gives advice on how to improve balance. It is important that carers are aware someone might be at risk of falling. HIHI evaluated AutoBedAlert which notifies a carer when somebody leaves a bed or chair and so may be at risk of falling.
Other projects involved the assessment of the ResHub platform that enables families to stay connected to loved ones in residential care homes, Dental Tech has developed specific training and denture management programmes to ensure this aspect of ageing is well managed.
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 https://hih.ie/ 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”.
For more information: https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/good-practices/item/4496/health-innovation-hub-ireland/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 13:00pm Wednesday 29th September 2021
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…
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, 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:
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 (www.ROSIA-pcp.eu), or to Maria Bezunartea Alvarez (email@example.com) or Sofia Moreno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 | email@example.com
Issued by: The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 E2 H2
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:
- 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
- CISCO – Remote Connectivity, Wireless, Sensor Technology, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Hardware and Collaboration Solutions – link to offerings
- 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.
Congratulations to HIHI’s Interim Director, Dr. Tanya Mulcahy, on her appointment to the HPRA Advisory Committee by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly!