New research partnership to embed ‘culture of innovation’ in HSE

HSE adopts the SFI ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin as strategic partner for health care innovation
(L-R) Prof Vinny Wade, SFI ADAPT Research Centre; Trevor O’Callaghan, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, Prof Martin Curley, HSE; Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Linda Doyle. Image: Paul Sharp

1 December 2021

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Adapt, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre for AI-driven digital content technology at Trinity College Dublin, have entered into a new research agreement that will accelerate the pace of healthcare innovation through digital technologies and redefine how healthcare is delivered. 

The collaboration will drive the HSE’s new digital transformation strategy that aims to develop, invest in, and deploy digital solutions that improve quality and access for patients while lowering costs. 

The announcement was made at the HSE’s Digital Academy forum in the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore at the new National Digital Health Innovation Lab. Using the Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm the venture will use the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and particularly the Tullamore Hospital as a Distributed Digital Health Living Lab where new digital solutions can be trailed, improved, and iterated in real world clinical settings.




Prof. Martin Curley, HSE director of digital transformation & information, said: “There is a perfect storm of disruptive technologies that present real opportunities to accelerate our progress in digital healthcare. As an information intensive industry, healthcare is primed to benefit from digital transformation. It will empower us to better serve the needs of the people we treat and allow us to meet them when, where and how it suits them… By bringing together the right experts and data at the right time we can accelerate innovations and place Ireland as the European leader in digital health by 2026.”

“Healthcare is one of the fields that will be most significantly transformed by technology over the next decade,” added Prof Vinny Wade. “By combining our expertise in human-centric AI with the breadth of the HSE’s clinical knowledge we have an extraordinary opportunity to develop intelligent systems that will significantly improve lives. We are proud to partner with the HSE at this critical point in time and we look forward to pioneering innovations that are transparent, ethical, and above all, ensure patient privacy.”

Provost of Trinity College Dublin Dr Linda Doyle added: “This is an exciting collaboration because of the positive impact it will have on patients’ lives. As we enter a new era of digital healthcare, it brings together the deep research expertise of the Adapt centre and the clinical expertise of the HSE. Strategic partnerships which leverage academic research are key to ensuring that innovations in digital technology can address the ever-changing needs of our healthcare system.”

In the healthcare domain researchers at Adapt are developing projects in personalised medicine that can minimise the burden of stroke on individuals and society, and the development of intelligent companions that can be tailored to individuals in order to assist with healthcare needs.

The HSE has an active portfolio of disruptive digital innovations along with a digital innovation strategy of ‘stay left shift left’ that is used to orchestrate the innovation ecosystem. This strategy looks for digital interventions that can help people who are already well stay well in their homes or if an individual is suffering from a chronic condition, helping to manage them from home.  It also looks to shift patients who end up in an acute setting to a community or homecare setting as quickly as possible. 

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