Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, will continue the Health Innovation Hub Ireland growth story by opening the second office in the national network, based at St James Hospital partnered with Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, October 4. Minister Harris will be joined at the opening by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD.
First launched by Minister Harris in Cork in 2016, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) was established by Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to drive collaboration between the health service and enterprise.
This unique joint government initiative offers companies the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and the health service access to innovative products, services, devices, that they may otherwise not be exposed to. HIHI works to impact Irish business and Irish healthcare in three key areas:
- Industry: Through HIHI, the enterprise can access Ireland’s leading health professionals who will pilot and test innovative products, services and devices. Acting as a broker, HIHI matches companies with relevant clinical teams, overseeing a study of each product in an Irish clinical setting.
- Healthcare: A central part of the HIHI remit is to assess ideas and concepts for healthcare innovation from all staff – clinical and non-clinical. HIHI is an open door to all healthcare staff to assess ideas to solutions they have encountered in their work. HIHI acts as mentors and advises on taking an idea and developing it into a service or product.
- Education: Through an active educational programme, HIHI is engaging right across hospital structures by teaching a new way of thinking to find creative solutions to health challenges. Delivering a series of five HIHI workshops and a diploma in healthcare innovation, HIHI is embedding an innovation culture in Irish healthcare.