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Congratulations to the graduates – 2019/20 class – of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Congratulations to all of the students of the 2019/20 class of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation with Trinity College Dublin, who graduated last Friday. A fantastic network of Innovation Champions driving the the health innovation agenda nationally.

Applications for September enrolment now open.

Information webinars and Q&A sessions

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:

Through the one year, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation programme students are supported to develop a personal innovation framework for leadership. Uniquely the course is clinician designed and led by Professor Seamas Donnelly. Students are usually a mix of health industry, health sector and health policy, forming an action focused learning community focused on accelerating change within their organisations.

Over the 12-month programme, students 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.

Students are supported to identify and implement an innovative solution suitable for their workplace that will have a positive impact in Irish healthcare. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation form part of a  year-on-year a growing network of national Innovation Champions.

Applications close June 16 for HSE scholarships and June 30 for general applications. More here:

Smart D8 call for pilots – seeking innovative solutions to community health challenges – open to all public and private sector organisations, companies and academia

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris T.D. today launched officially the Smart D8 initiative and call for pilot project to respond to community health challenges.  Led by Dublin City Council, Smart Dublin, the Digital Hub Development Agency and St James’s Hospital, Smart D8, is the latest Smart District – a collaborative initiative to improve the health and well being of citizens in Dublin 8 through innovation. HIHI is pleased to partner on the Smart D8 initiative.

Bringing together public authorities, academia, healthcare, citizens and industry, Smart D8 applies a people-centred approach, with the engagement and active participation of the local community at its core. In late 2020, the first SmartD8 Community Survey was launched, capturing the needs and priorities of the local community. The call for innovative pilot projects that address three key areas are based on these findings:

Mental Health – Focused Call

  • Innovative approaches to managing mental health for individuals. Tools to support good mental health in the community including diagnostic, preventative, treatment, support and management solutions.

Population Health Management – Focused Call

  • Chronic Disease Management solutions that will allow people to manage their chronic health conditions in the community.
  • General Preventative Health solutions that can be implemented in a community setting to maintain good health and wellbeing.

Covid-19 Impact – Open Call

  • An open call for innovative and scalable solutions that will address the impact of Covid-19 on the health and wellbeing of the community in Dublin 8.

Who Should Apply?

The pilot call is open to all public and private sector organisations, companies and academia who:

  • Offer innovative and scalable products, services or devices.
  • Provide new practices/solutions/perspectives that address an unmet need in the community.
  • Have a solution that is ready for deployment within the next 6 months as a pilot initiative that will commence in 2021.
  • Provide a solution that can be enabled by a co-creation and collaborative approach.

Why Apply?

  • Opportunity to pilot and demonstrate the scalability of your offering in a community setting.
  • Access to a unique collaborative ecosystem with established clinical, academic, public and private sector engagement.
  • Funding support available for selected pilots.
  • Project management support.
  • Marketing and promotion support.
  • Access to free workspace in Dublin 8 during the pilot period.

Application Process

  • Companies must submit a completed application form available at the link below.
  • Pilot Call opens on 10.03.2021 and closes for applications at midnight on 28.04.2021.
  • Your submission will be reviewed by Smart D8 and an expert panel.   A shortlist of applicants will be selected and shortlisted companies will be asked to make a presentation.
  • An update on the call outcome will be provided to all applicants on 19.05.2021.

Apply here

Next in HIHI’s webinar series: ‘Unlock Horizon Europe Funding for 2021’

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We are delighted to announce our next webinar in our series of Health Innovation Hub Ireland Webinars entitled “Unlock Horizon Europe Funding for 2021”.

The webinar guest speaker this month is Martha Cahill, Enterprise Ireland.

Join us on the day to hear Martha discuss upcoming Horizon Europe Funding for 2021 and the various opportunities available.

When : 13:00 pm Friday 12 March 2021


13:00 – Webinar Begins

13:05 – Welcome

13:10 – Martha Cahill, Enterprise Ireland

13:55 – Questions and Answers Session

Register  HERE

Intellectual Property (IP) for Start-ups and SMEs-Innovation and IP

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We are delighted to announce the next in our series of Health Innovation Hub Ireland Webinars entitled “Intellectual Property (IP) for Start-ups and SMEs-Innovation and IP”.

The webinar guest speaker this month is Joe Doyle, Enterprise Ireland.

Throughout the webinar Joe will cover the following topics:

  • The increasing role of IP in enterprise scalability
  • The fundamentals of an IP strategy
  • State supports to help develop your IP strategy

When : 14:00 Friday the 26th of February 2021


14:00 – Webinar begins

14:05 – Welcome

14:10 – Joe Doyle, Enterprise Ireland

14:30 – Questions and Answers Session

Register HERE

HIHI part of EU Consortium for ALADDIN

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland recently became part of an EU consortium for a H2020 Erasmus+ grant called ALADDIN. This is an ERASMUS + project tackling the integration of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) in the health sector.

Additive manufacturing is a relatively new technology with vast potential in the health care sector. However, due to various reasons, including the lack of knowledge and skills,  the technology has remained widely unexplored in the sector.

This project brings together six European organisations lead by AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastics, Spain) and includes  AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, UK),  ITEMAS (Medical technology Innovation Platform-Spain)  HIHI (Health Innovation Hub Ireland),  HOPE (European Hospital and Healthcare Federation) and Jobs@skills (Belgian organisation specialised in training programs creation).

The aim of the project is to develop a training programme on additive manufacturing (3D printing) for hospitals targeting health professionals and engineering students for their future incorporation of these skills into healthcare. It will include a teaching guide and an e-Learning platform. In addition, three multiplier events will take place  during the course of the project to present the training courses and guarantee that the project reaches the target groups.

Professor Denis Dowling, Centre Director, I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing outlines the value of the project .”The healthcare sector was one of the early adopters of additive manufacturing. Yet, the potential of this key enabling technology for some medical applications is still immense. I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, strongly supports ALADDIN’s objectives to address barriers to a wider deployment of 3D printing in the medical world.”

James Wall, Founder and Managing Director of 3D Technology Ltd and Director of MedScan3D said: “We are very excited about the project and looking forward to making a meaningful contribution.”


To achieve a training course that covers the needs of both health professionals working in hospitals and engineering students with future in the health sector, as well as, securing a better coordination and understanding between both sectors, the consortium has produced a survey, which will be open until 19 February 2021.

The survey, linked below, will be used to gather quantitative data to contribute to the development of the project.

The information and personal data collected through this survey will be processed anonymously and will under no circumstances be reused for other purposes.





Future Healthcare in the wake of Covid-19 – Virtual Summit

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Virtual Summit
Future Healthcare in the wake of Covid-19
Tuesday Feb 2nd 2021

2 – 5pm

Future Healthcare in the wake of Covid-19

Innovations in community/primary care & diagnostics plus vaccine roll-out

Book Here:

HIHI is taking part in a virtual Summit Future Healthcare in the Wake of Covid-19 Innovations in community/primary care and diagnostics plus vaccine roll out.  HIHI’s National Manager  Dr. Tanya Mulcahy is a speaker at the event which features international experts in healthcare.

This 3 hour Virtual Summit will have two Sessions within the event: Session 1: The importance of International standards and Innovation in vaccine roll-out and Session 2: Innovations in community/primary care and diagnostics.


Onisis Stefas, PharmD, Vice President & Chief Pharmacy Officer Northwell Health (US)

John Swords, Director, Health Business Services, HSE 

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, National Manager, Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Elaine Brennan, Exec Director & Chief Commercialization Officer, Northwell Health (US)

Brendan Casey, CEO & Co-founder, Swiftqueue

Prof Aine Carroll, Professor of Healthcare Integration & Improvement, UCD

Siobhain Duggan, Director of Innovation & Healthcare, GS1 Ireland

Early application recommended for Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation in TCD

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Developed by Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, this Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation brings together the academic expertise with the entrepreneurial capacity of a world class innovation hub to deliver something truly unique. Graduates will develop entrepreneurial skills that can be applied across multiple aspects of healthcare innovation, from products and services to processes and systems. They will be given critical and lateral thinking skills to evaluate the social & economic value of new opportunities for innovation and the confidence to take ideas forward for funding and support and through to implementation

For more information and registration dates, click on below:

New Venture Dynamics in Healthcare & Life Sciences: Module 3 of HIHI/TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Module 3 of our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation (Level 9 NFQ) took place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of December. This module focused on the creation, development, growth and funding of new ventures in healthcare & life sciences.

The session was led by Adjunct Professor Dan Maher, education development advisor to HIHI and founder of innovation management company, Nua Venture. Performance Coach Liam Moggan (known as ‘the Coaches’ Coach’) delivered an excellent lecture on ‘Motivating for Innovation’.

The module began with an introduction to the theoretical foundations of innovation dynamics. Students then gained insight into new venture healthcare creation and funding by participating in focused exercises to embed the learning and understanding. This module is a foundation stone for developing a framework for each student’s Healthcare Innovation Project (to be undertaken across modules 7 and 8).

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