Esri Ireland wins first round of Connected Health initiative
2 April 2013 | 0
Esri Ireland has been awarded the first funding package under the Connected Health initiative.
Connected Health is a joint project by the Digital Hub and Saint James’s Hospital that aims to support digital technology companies to develop solutions to for the healthcare sector. The first call for proposals focused on local asset mapping, where digital enterprises were invited to submit applications to develop a web site and mobile application using local data to document all health-related services in the vicinity of Saint James’s Hospital.
Esri Ireland’s proposal was chosen and it will now receive seed funding, free office space and enterprise development supports through Connected Health. The company is a software and services organisation, specialising in the application of geographical information systems (GIS). It will begin working with clinicians from Saint James’s Hospital to develop the new web site and mobile mapping platform.
The programme will also see Esri Ireland will also provide GIS specialists to work with the hospital to configure and customise the web-based and mobile applications to work with a predetermined taxonomy of health assets in the local catchment area.
The new tools are expected to be unveiled in the coming months and, ultimately, will play an integral role in the Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP), a preventative healthcare project currently underway at the hospital
"The Digital Hub worked with St. James’s Hospital to develop Connected Health because we recognised the huge opportunity this type of project presents for digital enterprises," said Dr Stephen Brennan, chief strategy officer, DHDA. "Connected Health is unique because healthcare professionals are, and will continue to be, directly involved in the solution development. Clinicians at St. James’s have identified healthcare challenges that could potentially be resolved through the development of new digital solutions.
"This means that companies that successfully apply to Connected Health have the chance to develop products for which a real-world market has already been defined. Before they even begin work, they know that a demand for their product exists. In today’s competitive marketplace, this is a huge advantage for digital entrepreneurs."
"We were delighted to be chosen by The Digital Hub and St. James’s Hospital as the successful company under Connected Health," added Paul Synnott, country manager, Esri Ireland. "We are looking forward to starting work on the Local Asset Mapping Project – it is a first-class example of how geographic information can become an indispensable part of everyday life in a local community."