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Health Sector Procurement meet the Buyer Event on 24th September, 2019

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A fantastic opportunity to meet the HSE at a meet the buyer style event in Galway on 24th September!!

  • John Swords, National Director of Procurement will present an Update on Health Sector Procurement and Brexit preparations
  • Sean Bresnan, Director of Sourcing will present the Upcoming Opportunities
  • There will be a large team from the HSE representing all of the categories ready to meet potential suppliers in short one to one meetings. 
  • You can also attend a Tender Training Workshop which will be running in parallel.

 You are invited to register for the upcoming Health Sector Procurement Meet the Buyer on the 24th September 2019 at the Clayton Hotel Ballybrit, Galway.


To register:


This is event is free of charge and all companies wishing to supply the Health sector are welcome to attend. Your company profile will be included in our event directory which will be available on the day.

You will have the opportunity to meet the HSE category manager for your area of interest in short one to one meetings.  In parallel you will have the opportunity to attend a tender training workshop which will be running throughout the morning.

Event Programme

8am       Registration and Breakfast

9am       Event Opening

9.15        Presentation from the HSE on upcoming opportunities and Brexit preparations

10 – 12 One to one Meetings and Tender training workshops



Irish start-up FeelTect receives €50,000 funding to continue the development of its Tight Alright device, used to treat venous leg ulcers

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Galway-based wound care company, FeelTect, were announced as winners of an EIT Health Headstart award worth €50,000 after recent pitching finals held in Tangent, Trinity College Dublin’s ideas workspace. The competition saw 22 finalist teams of medtech start-ups from across UK and Ireland pitching their technologies to a panel of investors, healthcare professionals, and medtech experts.

FeelTect’s technology, Tight Alright, is a pressure sensing, connected-health device for measuring and monitoring sub-bandage pressure during compression therapy, primarily for the millions of people worldwide with venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Compression is a proven therapy for VLUs, however if it’s applied too loose, it’s ineffective, and if it’s too tight, it’s dangerous. Yet studies have shown that it can be extremely difficult for experienced healthcare professionals to achieve a targeted pressure with existing products. As such, Tight Alright aims to improve the application and maintenance of evidence-based therapy, ensuring safety while reducing healing times.

Founder and CEO, Dr Andrew Cameron, highlighted the impact the award will have on the company’s progression towards market entry, “The funding provided by EIT Health will allow us to progress the miniaturisation of Tight Alright to a truly wearable product, making it the first device capable of continuously monitoring compression therapy outside the clinical setting. We’ll also be able to further our initial clinical validation, which was supported by Health Innovation Hub Ireland, demonstrating the ability of Tight Alright to improve the achievement of targeted, evidence-based pressure during compression application”. An image of the device in operation during the Health Innovation Hub project is shown below. FeelTect was the product of the renowned BioInnovate Ireland programme, where the underlying clinical need was identified, as well as an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund project within the School of Medicine at NUI Galway, where the proof-of-concept R&D was conducted. The team are currently talking with potential strategic partners and preparing for seed round fundraising to support the progression of Tight Alright into clinical practice.


Pictured: HIHI  nurse Leona Halton  using Feeltect’s pressure sensing device to ensure compression bandages are applied correctly


IMSTA MedTech Awards 2019

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The IMSTA Awards 2019 will take place on Thursday 3rd October in the AVIVA Stadium Conference Centre – the venue for the very first Award Ceremony. These landmark awards are recognised as the premier awards for developers, providers and suppliers of effective healthcare solutions for the health system in Ireland.

HIHI will be sponsoring an Award yet again this year!

The IMSTA Awards, now in their seventh year, have grown significantly in the past few years with entries coming from hospitals, researchers, medtech entrepreneurs and industry.

Click here for information on categories and how to enter


Watch: workshop and webinar for EI Clinical Innovation Award, 27th June 2019.

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Enterprise Ireland’s Clinical Innovation Award is a €15,000 to investigate the commercial feasibility of an innovative idea in Ireland and international markets. The winner will also receive travel costs to visit the Cleveland Clinic in 2019/2020. It is open to clinicians and healthcare professionals currently employed in the Irish health service.

On 27th June, Health Innovation Hub Ireland hosted a workshop and webinar on the application process for the Enterprise Ireland Clinical Innovation Award in our Galway offices. The workshop was delivered by Dr Claire Walsh, Enterprise Ireland, and John McSweeney, NUI Galway. A video of the session is now available to view for anybody who missed it or would like a recap:

For more information about the Clinical Innovation Award and application process see:


Minister for Health confirms restructuring of health services

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Six regional health bodies to deliver people-centred health and social care;
·        Regional health bodies will have their own budget based on local population needs;
·        Improved accountability and transparency

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today announced a major step towards restructuring of our health services leading to the establishment of six new regional health areas.
The new regional health areas are in line with recommendations made in the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare Report (2017), that regional bodies should be responsible for the planning and delivery of integrated health and social care services.
The proposed six regional health areas are based on population data including how people currently access health services, as well as a public consultation.
Minister Harris said: “This is a key day for the delivery of Sláintecare and for the reform of our health service.
“Today’s announcement identifies the six regions which will be used in developing structures for the delivery of integrated care.
“This will result in clear financial and performance accountability, empower frontline staff and devolve authority from the HSE to the local regions.
“These proposals will help shape the future of healthcare in this country and will give the staff, and more importantly, communities a greater role in the delivery of health.”
Ms. Laura Magahy, Sláintecare Executive Director said: “I look forward to co-designing integrated health and social care services with the citizens and staff of the six regions.
This population-based approach will allow us to hear from the people in each region and ensure that a big emphasis is placed on preventing sickness, keeping people healthy in or near their own homes for as long as possible and ensuring that excellent hospital care is available in a timely way, where necessary.”
Professor Tom Keane, Chairman of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council said: “I look forward to the regional health bodies assuming responsibility for patient safety in due course, through the implementation of mandatory clinical governance structures and processes, such that there is clear accountability for the clinical care of every patient.”
Paul Reid, HSE CEO, speaking at today’s announcement said: ‘The agreement of the six new health regions is an important step in improving our health service, for everyone living in Ireland. We want people to be able to get the health services they need, as close to people’s homes as possible, with the majority of care delivered in the community and not in acute hospitals.’
‘Since I joined the HSE, I have met staff right across the country who work tirelessly to deliver the best care possible, and who have great energy and ambition for constantly improving what we do, and how we do it. However, our current structures do not always support them in doing this.  These new integrated health regions provide us with the opportunity to put in place a system that ultimately supports and enables our staff to deliver the best care possible.’

The next step is to begin the co-design process. Stakeholders in each of the regional health areas will be invited to contribute to the design of the services for their new regions. Work will also now be undertaken to detail the national and regional organisational design which will be brought back to Government for approval within 12 months. Once established, these six regional bodies will be enabled to plan, fund, manage and deliver integrated care for people in their region.
Minister Harris concluded, “This is only one of a number of decisions that need to be taken in relation to the future development of our health service structure. It is important that there is now clarity on the future regional areas and detailed work can start on designing the new regional bodies. I look forward to engaging with key stakeholders, including the public, patients and staff as part of this process”.

Call for papers: 24th Annual Health Informatics Society of Ireland Conference

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Call for Papers

Preparations for the 24th Annual Health Informatics Society of Ireland Conference & Scientific Symposium are well underway. We would like to encourage everyone to submit position papers, research findings, case studies and other materials for the conference if they have yet to do so.

The deadline for paper and poster submission is:
Monday 30 September 2019

Papers submitted should be of high quality, representing the best in Irish Health Informatics research into eHealth, mHealth and Health Interoperability. Contributions can be theoretical or empirical in nature, and from a variety of perspectives: legal, societal, cultural, commercial, technical, etc. With a view to furthering Health Informatics research, papers submitted should aim to reflect upon challenges in the field and propose solutions where possible.

Posters will be accepted in size A0, portrait. Please state paper or poster on your submission.

  • Submissions should be in digital format (.doc or .rtf) and sent to
  • Graphs and images should be included in the article and as separate files
  • English language, all references correct, 200-300 word abstract limit

For a full list of submission guidelines, click here.

Conference Venue: Croke Park Conference Centre
Date: 26 & 27 November

Clinical Innovation Award Lunchtime Workshop and Webinar – 27th June, 2019

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This is a lunchtime workshop on the application process for the Clinical Innovation Award hosted by Health Innovation Hub Ireland, and delivered by Dr Claire Walsh, Enterprise Ireland, and John McSweeney, NUI Galway.

It will take place from 12.50pm to 2pm on 27th June in the HIHI office, Stem Café, Ground Floor, Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway.

Click below for more information


Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Applications are open for a new NFQ level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation – the first focused on the development of ‘Healthcare Innovation Ambassadors’ in Ireland. Uniquely, this programme aims to develop the person to be innovative in their approach and thought processes within healthcare, rather than current offers where the focus is on the innovation itself. The result being the creation of Ambassadors who will lead development and improvements in Irish healthcare overall. Places on the course are mixed, both industry and HSE, with one third offered at a reduced rate for the HSE applicants. Please note, the closing date for HSE Scholarships is 30th June 2019 (closing date for all other applications is 31st July).

To apply please see:

Please contact Eimear Galvin of HIHI for more information:




Hands-on challenges at HIHI Workshop 2: ‘Design Thinking in Healthcare Innovation’

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland today welcomed an enthusiastic group for Workshop 2 – ‘Design Thinking in Healthcare innovation’ in the TCD Institute of Population Health, Tallaght. The workshop was opened by CEO of Tallaght University Hospital – Lucy Nugent – who shared her insight on the practical value of innovation, outlining that ‘there is no such thing as a bad idea’.

This HIHI workshop series is purpose-designed for those working in the Irish healthcare settings. HIHI workshops are free to attend, with the only stipulation being you must currently be a HSE employee, or working in Irish primary care or voluntary hospital setting. The five workshops guide and encourage participants to explore the potential for innovative approaches within their own healthcare environment. The programme is delivered as a continuum and attendees must have completed Workshop 1 to progress with the remaining four.

Workshop 2 was designed and led by Prof. Barry McMahon, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and Chief Physicist and Head of Department of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering at Tallaght University Hospital.
Following an introduction to the key concepts of Design Thinking, this hand-on workshop entailed multiple sessions and a variety of challenges, with participants working collaboratively in groups with a wide range of materials. The group learned to implement aspects of design thinking such as empathy; definition; ideation; prototyping; and testing in order to develop user-centered solutions which could be translated to healthcare settings.

If you are interested in hearing more and keeping up to date with opportunities please email – Eimear Galvin, Manager HIHI Dublin –