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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

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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,

HIHI National Director, Dr Colman Casey, makes the Professional 100, an annual listing of the Top 100 hospital professionals across Ireland

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Congratulations to HIHI National Director, Dr Colman Casey, makes the Professional 100, an annual listing of the Top 100 hospital professionals across Ireland. Dr Casey is in good company with such a breadth of talent across Irish healthcare, HIHI HSE Clinical Liaison Dr Diana Hogan-Murphy and recent graduate from the HIHI /TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innaviotn, Snr. Speech and Language Therapist at Cork University Hospital, Caitriona Heffernan.

Appearing in the December magazine, the annual list celebrates Ireland’s top hospital and healthcare achievers across a range of disciplines – healthcare to pharma industries, who act as ambassadors and role models for their peers and colleagues.

Editor of Hospital Professional News, Kelly-Jo Eastwood said:

“From working on the front-line in Ireland’s hospitals to contributing innovative research for the betterment of the profession, never has there been a more opportune time to recognise the unwavering excellence and dedication of Ireland’s hospital professionals.”

There was an outpouring of nominations throughout the sector and while each healthcare professional deserves to be recognised, the final list of professionals have displayed inspirational leadership affecting the development of hospital services across Ireland.”

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Ibec launch: Ireland aims to be recognised as global hub for digital health

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Ireland has the potential to become a leader in the development of digital health solutions, attracting international investment and growth in high-tech indigenous companies. The claim is made as part of a new campaign- Where Digital Health Thrives- launched jointly by Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association, BioPharmaChem Ireland and Technology Ireland.

Digital health is the intersection of healthcare and technology and involves the innovative use of technology to deliver better patient care. The goal is to translate the benefits that technology has brought to other industries and bring them to healthcare, resulting in improved outcomes for patients and the providers of healthcare.

Where Digital Health Thrives aims to raise understanding of the potential of digital health, and Ireland’s potential to be a hub for its growth. The campaign was launched virtually today by Jim O’Donoghue, Chair of the Ibec Digital Health Working Group and President of S3 Connected Health.

Speaking at the launch, Mr O’Donoghue said;
Digital health is driving the personalisation of medicine and healthcare, putting the patient at the centre of their treatment in an informed and supported manner. Through connected devices, remote monitoring, apps and other technologies patients are empowered to manage their health and receive care in the right setting.

Digital health is supporting health care professionals by offering insights and providing them with new ways to support and treat patients. With data from connected devices HCPs can measure outcomes, personalise healthcare interventions and better connect with patients in multiple care settings.

This campaign is about demonstrating how Digital health can lower the cost of, and increase access to, healthcare. This not only leads to improved outcomes for patients and HCPs, but for payers and providers too.

Also speaking at the launch, Sharon Higgins, Director of Member Services in Ibec said;

We wanted to capture the scale and scope of the digital health ecosystem already here in Ireland, including nearly 200 companies already delivering digital health solutions such as telehealth, data, analytics and cyber security, health information technology, connected medtech, mobile health and many more.

Ireland is the 7th most competitive economy in the world. It is a location of choice to start and grow a business. Going Global from Ireland is in our DNA. Ireland is small open economy with a global outlook. We are a location of choice for FDI investment and home to world-class start-ups. Our business model is underscored by substance and has helped us achieve a global footprint. We can apply this to digital health by delivering solutions across boundaries and borders. Ireland’s unique ecosystem with leading digital health, medtech, pharma, and tech companies can make us a global digital health powerhouse.

Ibec is uniquely placed to support cross sectoral innovation and product commercialisation. The Irish Medtech Association, Technology Ireland and BioPharmaChem Ireland came together to develop and deliver this campaign which spans a publication, ecosystem map, digital collateral and networking events. Training will be delivered in partnership with Connected Health Skillnet, which was established in Ibec in 2017 to support the drive skills development in this area.


Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund

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The programme will fund the development of innovations at all stages of the commercial pipeline to the point where they can be commercialised as new products, services and companies.

Find out more on EI’s Commercialisation Funding Support:



Limerick based Yellow Schedule Provides Technology to Enable Safe Visiting for Cork’s SIVUH

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New tech solution for scheduling hospital visiting hours goes “live” at Cork hospital

Connecting patients and loved ones safely during COVID-19

Thursday 8th October, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in connected health and digital solutions at the forefront of Irish healthcare. The pandemic has provided hospi-tals with a variety of challenges including the scheduling of safe visiting appointments for family members to patients in our hospitals across the country. As the winter approaches and we as a country have been placed in lockdown Level 3, a solution to safely visit patients in hospital is essential.
The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the urgent requirement for the management of visitors through healthcare facilities while protecting the psychological well-being of patients and long-term care senior residents which was addressed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services’ July 2020.
The South Infirmary Victoria Hospital (SIVUH) in Cork part of the South/South West Hospi-tal Group was faced like many other healthcare institutions across the country with a chal-lenge, to re-introduce visiting in a way that was safe for patients, their visitors and the hos-pital staff. The added and continuing challenge during a pandemic was to retain a record of the visit for contact tracing purposes.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) was approached to help find a solution. HIHI is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and Department of Business Enterprise and Employment. HIHI offers companies like YellowSchedule the innovator of this new tech solution, the opportunity for pilot studies and also provides the health service with access to innovative products, services and devices.

Since it was launched in September 2016, HIHI has managed 552 company engagements, 227 of these have resulted in follow-up support activities and 71 of these have developed into active projects within the Irish healthcare system. HIHI also recently triaged 200 innovative healthcare solutions through its Covid-19 Innovation Portal and continues to promote innovation through its HIHI Innovation Portal.
Working together during the pandemic, HIHI met with YellowSchedule, who had a com-mercially available appointment system. The hub’s unique innovation pathway where HIHI supports a solution’s development from idea to bedside was set into action here. It was clear from the beginning that YellowSchedule had the required competencies in their online scheduling and appointment booking software. HIHI worked with Yellow Schedule to pro-vide a solution for the SIVUH and with additional software design and modifications to the product, this challenge was successfully addressed. Targeted design solutions were tailored to meet the SIVUH requirements which included bottlenecks related to the flow of visitors; the resource burden of a manual system; and most importantly during the pandemic con-sistent, reliable and timely contact tracing.
Full commitment from YellowSchedule in responding to design requirements and fine tun-ing developments during the testing phase meant that the solution was launched quickly and effectively. Live testing and extensive training secured high confidence in the system from staff.
YellowSchedule’s digital solution has enabled SIVUH facilities to re-introduce patient visits in a safe and controlled manner while adhering to the latest public health guidelines. Addi-tionally, it has reduced the administration burden on staff associated with scheduling visi-tors over the phone and conducting screening in-person as well as the reduction of queue-ing at busy entrance points where social distancing may not be possible. Most importantly it has led to, an accurate single source of data to enable contact tracing for infection control teams.

Speaking at “go live” day of this unique visitor scheduling tool, Martina Skelly, CEO of Yel-low Schedule said:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been a very difficult and worrying period for most people so it has been hugely rewarding to work with SIVUH and Health Innovation Hub Ireland to facilitate the reconnection of loved ones through the launch of this visitor scheduling and contact tracing platform. The commitment of SIVUH staff to provide quality of care for their patients has been evident from the start. They took every effort to ensure a system that would enable longer-stay patients to benefit from visits from loved ones in a safe and managed way while also building a single accurate source for effective contact tracing purposes. We’re very grateful to Health Innovation Hub Ireland for facilitating this project and supporting it with the resources and expertise required to ensure that it could be launched quickly and effectively”.

Dr. Tanya Mulcahy, National Manager, Health Innovation Hub Ireland welcomed the collaborative approach: “HIHI’s role is to connect innovative healthcare solutions with an unmet healthcare need. In this case SIVUH required a solution to enable scheduling and tracking to ensure patients could receive visitors in a safe and managed manner. Yellow Schedule, an Irish company, had recently applied to the HIHI Healthcare Innovation Call and was able to deliver this solution. Our role was to broker the engagement, identifying what a solution should deliver and ensuring that SIVUH requirements were met”.

Project Lead/ADON of SIVUH Ms. Breeda Kelly welcomed the new system: “At SIVUH patients and visitors are our priority. Yellow Schedule alongside the expertise provided by HIHI, found a digital solution to a work flow problem with the healthcare system. The response from visitors has been rewarding. When surveyed the visitors highly rated the system as either “Very Good” or “Excellent”. This platform now provides a secure way for family members and friends to book visits with their loved ones at our hospital, to be pre-screened for Covid-19 on the morning of the visit and to receive a bar code to enable fast track entry to the hospital. This reduces the demands on resources at the hospital, reduces queueing in reception areas and ultimately ensures patients and visitors get to maximise their precious time together in a safe environment”.


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About YellowSchedule

YellowSchedule is an award winning Irish Appointment Scheduling Platform. With over 12m appointments made through the platform to date and international clients such as Novartis, the University of Berkeley and the Feinberg School of Medicine at NorthWestern Yellow Schedule has a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering scheduling solutions to solve our clients’ workflow requirements.

About South Infirmary-Victoria Hospital (SIVUH)
We at the South Infirmary-Victoria Hospital are committed to providing the highest quality service to all our patients in a friendly, safe and caring environment. We endeavour to pro-vide an effective, efficient service in a timely manner with equal access for all our patients. We aim to provide individual patient centred care to each patient and their families and promote patient participation in their care. We encourage good interpersonal relationships. We promote staff and service development through education, motivation and encourage-ment. We are committed to providing an effective learning environment for future health service staff.
We are a 192 bed Voluntary Teaching Hospital affiliated to University College Cork and ca-tering for approximately 38,500 discharges and 72,500 outpatients each year. We are part of the South/South West Hospital Group.
The Hospital is the Regional Centre for E.N.T. and Dermatology Services. The Hospital also plays a very prominent role in Endocrinology and Rheumatology services in the region. Ser-vices are continually developing and expanding at the Hospital.
About Health Innovation Hub Ireland
Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) works across the health sector with Irish businesses to creatively solve problems and improve patient care. Harnessing this innovation, through development of new healthcare technologies, products, and services, will help to create Irish jobs and exports. Operationally HIHI is a partnership of clinical and academic centres from across the country. HIHI works directly with three hospital groups (South/South West, Dublin Midlands and Saolta in the West/North West), the HIHI network can also access all acute and community hospitals, pharmacies, primary care centres and healthcare centres. Academic partners are UCC and CIT, TCD and NUI Galway respectively.

The HIHI national team includes HSE assigned staff from pharmacy to clinical research nurses and biomedical engineers. Team members with both academic and corporate backgrounds further strengthen this mix. The Government group tasked with overseeing HIHI – National Oversight Group, chaired by Dave Shanahan includes the Department of Health, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland, e health Ireland, HSE, IDA, the Health Research Board and Science Foundation Ireland.

The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the urgent require-ment for the management of visitors through healthcare facilities while protecting the psychological well-being of patients and long term care senior residents.

The WHO policy briefing Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care ser-vices noted that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected residents in long-term care facili-ties. Key stated objectives to the policy document include;
1. Preventing and managing Covid-19 in long term facilities.
2. Prioritizing the psychological well-being of people receiving and providing long-term care services & providing support for family and voluntary caregivers.
To achieve these aims the briefing recommends the following key actions;
• Establishing clear visiting policies that provide balance between infection prevention and control measures and the need for people to maintain their psychological well-being.
• Enabling residents to have visitors while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 entering long-term care facilities.
• Implementing surveillance upon entrance to a facility for visitors, including screen-ing for signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Fourth Webinar: Public Procurement for Start-ups and SMEs

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We are delighted to announce the fourth in our series of Health Innovation Hub Ireland Webinars entitled “Public Procurement for Start-ups and SMEs”

The webinar guest speakers this month are Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody and Paul Maguire, Enterprise Ireland. Anna- Marie will be speaking about EU procurement opportunities for startups and SMEs. Paul will be speaking about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative. 

When : 14:00 pm Friday 02 October 2020


14:00 – Webinar begins

14:05 – Welcome

14:10 – Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody 

14:25 – Paul Maguire, Enterprise Ireland  

14:40 – Questions and Answers Session 

Register: Here