Ireland’s digital health group showcase the latest health technologies at National Digital Health Innovation Conference

Today (Friday, 25 March 2022), the Irish Digital Health Leadership Strategy Group (IDHLSG) together with the HSE Digital Transformation team, hosted a national conference in Tullamore bringing together key interested parties to discuss current initiatives and opportunities in relation to digital innovation. The conference, supported by key industry, academic and clinical leaders, exhibited a range of examples of digital health solutions, some of which are already demonstrating multiple benefits through their pilot initiatives around the country. 

Prof Martin Curley, Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, HSE explains: “We are building on an ecosystem of over 50 Digital Living Labs located across hospital and community health services. Digital Health Living Labs provide test beds for new digital technologies through high impact projects. In collaboration with our partners, these innovative projects focus on enhanced benefits and services for patients in hospitals and local communities as well as delivering value for money and providing real world evidence of the value of innovation and technology.

“A key aim of the technologies is to keep people safe and well in their homes for as long as possible, and in parallel use digital technologies to improve patient flow from hospital to a community setting and their home.”

A number of examples from the Digital Living Labs will be demonstrated at the conference, these include:

  • Remote Heart Failure Monitoring Solution in conjunction with Centric Healthcare and Roche, which could reduce hospitalisation rates and improve clinical review rates.
  • A unique integrated rapid screen, Personal Electronic Health Record and wellness device and app, which proactively identifies risk and provides tools to help people manage their wellness and health. Early detection of disease and early intervention can dramatically improve patient quality of life and longevity. Partners in this living lab include Careplus Pharmacies, Google, Fitbit, Full Health M.
  • Remote Respiratory Monitoring Solution which allow patients to remain in their homes instead of hospitalisation, deployed in Cork University Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, and the Mater Hospital.
  • mobile X-Ray solution (Mobile Medical Devices) which brings the X-Ray machine to a nursing home or an elderly patient’s home after a fall. Transfers to hospital reduced by 88%, improving quality of life and reducing costs.
  • An automated respiratory monitoring solution has been deployed to 23 hospitals across the country providing >10 hours’ notice of a patient desaturation. The same solution is now being tested with COPD patients in the community in Donegal.
  • falls detection systems allows a fall of an elderly person to be detected in real time and a conversation to be initiated with the person within 5 seconds through a smart watch and their GPS coordinates to be dispatched in real-time if necessary for emergency services – deployed in Wexford in association with Wexford County Council, HSE and Tunstall. Proactive Monitoring of a patients’ vital signs allows early intervention for chronic disease exacerbations.

Ciaran Devane, Chairman of the HSE Board, said, “The opportunity and need to digitally accelerate is something that the Irish Health Service has needed to radically improve overall system efficiency, effectiveness and experience. The ecosystem and living labs located across our healthcare settings are providing confidence that Ireland can really transform its healthcare system. The HSE Board and I are committed to supporting digital innovation.”

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said, “With Covid-19 as a catalyst, traditional barriers to adoption of digital health solutions dropped substantially and access to healthcare was transformed. These new technologies build on that work and lay the foundations for how we will deliver healthcare now and in the future.”

Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Minister Eamon Ryan said “The vast majority of people who need acute medical support and care have told us time and again that they would much prefer to be able to receive that support and care in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible.  Digital technologies will help pave the way to ensure that this can be fulfilled for patients. With it, the power of cutting edge thinking and practices could be brought digitally right into people’s homes or community health settings in the future. People can be moved on from acute setting quickly knowing that they can receive technical and digital health support that they need remotely. It’s smart communications and smart health practice coming together to deliver for patients where they want to be.”

Prof Curley concludes: “We are very excited to share these innovations with our community of digital health leaders in healthcare, industry and education. Powered by strong strategic collaborations with leading companies such as Microsoft, Medtronic, Roche, Cisco, Dell, AWS, PMD Solutions, PEI, HealthBeacon, PatientMPower as well as state agencies such as EI, IDA, SFI, HPRA, HIQA and HRB. These show the transformations that are already happening in Irish Healthcare and improving patient care and efficiencies.”


Last updated on: 25 / 03 / 2022