Connected health technology centre opens at UCD

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18 May 2015

Healthcare services in Ireland could be transformed as a result of work at UCD’s Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology Centre, officially launched today.

The €5 million centre is funded by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and supported by IDA Ireland.

ARCH will bring together researchers from clinical, engineering, policy and economic fields across higher education to collaborate on projects that apply communications technology to healthcare. Such projects could include the development of better sensors, alarm systems, vital sign monitoring devices, health informatics and data management systems.

During the initial research phase, the team at ARCH under the direction of Prof Brian Caulfield from UCD’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, focused on caring for patients with dementia. The ARCH model will now be applied to a broader range of clinical conditions as determined by industry and healthcare needs such as diabetes and heart disease.

Michael O’Shea, ARCH director, said: “Every country in the world is facing infinite demand for healthcare services from finite resources, spiralling costs caused by the invention of new drugs, medical equipment and procedures, higher patient expectations and an ageing population. Combined with shortages of health professionals, the scale of the challenge is daunting. However advances in technology, such as those being developed through ARCH, are enabling a shift towards personalised healthcare and information-based health services which will improve patient experiences and reduce the cost of delivering healthcare.”

ARCH is supported by 15 industry partners including ADA Security Systems, Boston Scientific, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Icon, OpenHealth, Novartis, Philips, Resmed and Vu2Vu.

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