September 2016: The Health Innovation Hub Ireland is Ireland’s first national hub to directly improve treatment and care for patients.
Government funding of €5 million for the establishment of the Hub which is led by UCc through the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland was announced at the launch by Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland, a partnership of clinicians, academics, innovators and entrepreneurs from across Ireland will accelerate healthcare innovation and commercialisation, by addressing healthcare challenges and in doing so will create jobs and exports for the country.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland delivers activities at a national level to all academic institutions, healthcare providers and commercial companies. These activities are delivered by the HIHI Consortium of formal collaborators, which include UCC, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD), their associated Clinical Research Facilities (Cork, Galway, Dublin) and their Hospital Groups (South/South West, Dublin Midlands and Saolta University Healthcare), with associated Primary Care Centres, Community Health Organisations, Pharmacies and HSE support infrastructures.
Dr. Colman Casey, Director Health Innovation Hub Ireland said, “Health Innovation Hub Ireland focuses on bringing new and exciting ideas into the healthcare system by both encouraging and exciting employees to believe in their innovative ideas, which in turn, will bring about a cultural change towards innovation within healthcare. We will achieve this through a system of annual calls encouraging both individuals and companies to actively innovate into the healthcare system and out of the healthcare system.
HIHI announced the annual call, which focuses on two themes:
- An Open Call – for any idea, process, product, service or technology that could benefit the healthcare system
- A Focused Call – for any idea, process, product, service or technology that addresses care for older persons in the healthcare system