Edel Flynn, DHDA and Dave Shanahan, HIH

Digital Hub partners with HIH on four connected health projects

Edel Flynn, DHDA and Dave Shanahan, HIH

17 June 2014

Paperless hospitals, video prescriptions, online therapeutic programmes and cloud solutions for medical imaging are amongst the products and services being developed by tech companies supported under a new phase of Connected Health at The Digital Hub in collaboration with Cork’s Health Innovation Hub (HIH).

Connected Health is an initiative run by the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA). It aims to promote and support the development of digital solutions to healthcare problems, and has seen the DHDA partner with a number of stakeholders, including St. James’s Hospital.

Edel Flynn, CEO, DHDA, said: “We began meeting with the Health Innovation Hub earlier this year, and we immediately saw the potential for synergies and collaboration between our two organisations.”

Earlier this year, the HIH Cork Demonstrator – under its second call for innovative healthcare solutions – selected 18 company projects. Fourteen of these are being directly managed by the HIH, while a further four were selected for support in collaboration with a partner who would provide added value to the projects.

Under the initiative, these four projects will now be managed by a designated HIH project manager, working out of The Digital Hub.

The four companies involved are: Slainte Healthcare, which focuses on technologies that enable paperless hospitals; Vidscrip, which aims to facilitate healthcare providers to easily create and deliver video prescriptions; SilverCloud Health, which provides online therapeutic solutions using the latest technological tools; and KJAYA Medical, which delivers medical imaging and workflow solutions through cloud technologies.

HIH will act as a broker for the companies, facilitating them to build relevant links with industry, academia, government and clinical players.

Dave Shanahan, Chair of the HIH national project team, and formerly of Pfizer in Ireland and IDA Ireland, said: “One of the aspects of this partnership that made it really attractive to us was the exposure we will get to a range of relevant players in the digital healthcare innovation arena.

“The Digital Hub has worked successfully with St. James’s Hospital in the past, and the two organisations are neighbours in Dublin 8. But having a HIH project manager based at The Digital Hub will also enable us to strengthen our links with an extended range of digital healthcare experts.”

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