HSE Spark Innovation Programme Forum - Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning in Healthcare

The HSE Spark Innovation Programme recently invited frontline healthcare workers to join start-ups, corporates, researchers and their academic institutions to forge exciting and innovative partnerships in the AI and Machine Learning Space.

The event at Dogpatch Labs, Dublin, was launched by Ossian Smyth, TD, and a keynote address was delivered by Patricia Scanlon, AI Ambassador for Ireland.

Dermot Burke, National HSCP Fellow for Innovation Spark Innovation Programme, said: “The Health Services’ People Strategy sets out a vision of an exceptional employee experience that engages the talent, draws on the creativity, and nurtures the leadership capability of all individuals and teams working together to deliver safer, better healthcare.

“Spark exemplifies this vision throughout all of our activities and today’s Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare is no exception,” he added.

Spark’s Head of Programme, Jared Gormly added: “We recognise Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have the potential to revolutionise the health industry and firmly believe cross-discipline innovation in this space can not only impact healthcare service delivery but also improve health outcomes.” 

Minister of State Ossian Smyth on opening the event last Friday said: “Ireland has an opportunity to be a leader in how Artificial Intelligence can benefit our society. It is important that we harness this technology the right way and in a way that builds trust. This can be achieved through a people-centred, ethical approach to its development, adoption and use.”

He advocated the importance of Design principles in the development of public sector services and commented that the “Spark Innovation Programme has been one of the first to embrace this new way of working and the human-centred approach. 

The HSE Spark Innovation Programme is a frontline, staff-led initiative that seeks to support, promote and recognise innovation amongst healthcare staff. This event was organised in collaboration with Deloitte, EIT Health Ireland-UK and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Last updated on: 01 / 12 / 2022