Health Informatics Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2014

The 19th HISI Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium will be held over two days on 19-20 November 2014 in Dublin Castle Conference Centre.  The agenda will focus on “how technology is changing healthcare, and applying its uses for the enhancement of service delivery and patient care”. Read more and register: HISI Conference Website

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ICH-ECO quarterly gathering

The next Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem (NICH-ECO) event is on October 2, 2014. The agenda can be viewed here. Key subject areas to be discussed include: Primary care technology and patient accessible services, Paperless health and social care, Data analytics and the HSC, Procuring for health in Northern Ireland, Tackling diabetes, Innovation and the HSC. You can read more or register at the Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem Event Website

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Kinesis Health Technologies invents wearable falls prevention device

UCD spin-out Kinesis Health Technologies has invented a wearable mobility and falls risk assessment device, that it claims can reduce falls by up to 40 percent. Kinesis’ first product QTUG uses body-worn tri-axial gyroscopes and accelerometers, and streams data wirelessly via Bluetooth to a touchscreen tablet device. It is intended for use by physicians or community care nurses in a supervised environment. It is available for sale in Ireland, the UK, the US and Canada. Read more: Silicon Republic

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NI eHealth Conference

Hosted by the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care, an upcoming eHealth Conference eHealth and Care in Northern Ireland: Celebrating success, planning for the future will be held over 8th/9th October 2014. Among other eHealth topics, attendees can find out “how HSCNI has successfully implemented a population wide electronic care record for every citizen and learn from their challenges and experiences; plus hear about the future HSCNI eHealth and Care roadmap”. Read more: Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care

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Kildare company HealthComms making inroads in Australian Healthcare Market

Kildare company HealthComms has signed a contract for its MyHomeReach software, with an organisation in Melbourne. This brings the number of users of this product in Australia to 500. The company aims to increase this to 50,000 over the next two years. The HealthComms software allows people to contact family members or care services with a touch of a photo on the screen of an Android tablet. It also has a chronic disease management feature which offers appointment and medication reminders, which is a key selling point according to Company co-founder and CEO, Tom Byrne. Read More: Irish Examiner

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TMED6 Personalising Health and Care Conference

The upcoming 6th Annual Translational Medicine Conference (TMED6) will focus on ‘Personalising Health and Care’ by exploring ‘the challenges and opportunities created through the development of new technologies and approaches that have enabled a more personalised approach to medicine and healthcare’. It is taking place on the 25th & 26th Sep 2014 in Derry/Londonderry. Find out more or register: C-TRIC

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New Irish electronic referral system for GPs

All acute hospitals in Cork and Kerry have introduced an electronic system for GPs referring patients for public outpatient hospital appointments as part of a Health Service Executive national pilot project. Read more: The Irish Times

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MoMo Belfast – Wearables Event

Sponsored by Intel Services Mobile Mondays Belfast is hosting an event on the “fast-expanding pool of wearable devices that will one day topple the smartphone off its pedestal”. Speakers will include Jonathan Bloomfield, Managing Director at Support2Perform, Aidan Farnan, Lead Product Manager, Intelligent Environments, Prof. Jane McCall, Visiting Professor, Smart Clothes at University of South Wales and Warren Dowey, Managing Director at WASP Solutions. The event will take place on Sep 29, 2014 5:30PM – 8:15PM. You can register here.

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Irish physiotherapist develops Parkinson’s app

An app to help people with Parkinson’s Disease has been developed by physiotherapist Ciara Clancy. By using an auditory cue it can overcome one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s; that of being stuck on the spot and unable to walk. Patients can click on the app and it looks to others as if the person is just listening to music. The app also gives medication reminders, and can provide reports to the patient’s doctor. The Beats Medical app costs €2 a day.  Read more: The Irish Times 

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Rubber Bands – The next big thing in wearable sensors?

RubberbandsWhen you’re ten years old, pinging rubber bands across the classroom is fun. Getting caught doing so by your teacher is not. However you have to admit it’s kind of a novel use for those flexible little bands. Now Irish researchers may have upped the game by finding another, even more novel application for them.

The team at AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science centre, and the School of Physics TCD, working with researchers from the University of Surrey, have discovered a method of creating wearable sensors from shop-bought rubber bands. If you were listening back in class, you’ll remember that rubber doesn’t normally conduct electricity. However, the researchers whose findings have just been published in ACS Nano, a leading international nanoscience publication, discovered that by adding graphene the rubber bands became electrically conductive. In tests, the bands were strongly affected by any electrical current flowing through them if the band was stretched, which means tiny movements such as breath and pulse could be sensed by the technology.

The potential of graphene to be used in wearable sensors was noted by our TTA Editor-In-Chief, Donna, in her Pointer to the Future item back in 2011, Nanosheets and graphene: powering sensors, computers. Because rubber is available widely and cheaply, this latest development could open up major possibilities in the manufacturing of wearable sensors worldwide. Which means we can all look forward to finding graphene infused biosensors in everything from our bras to our bionic underpants.

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Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference 2014

2014 marks the 8th Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) conference, Ireland’s leading forum for work in all areas of Human Computer Interaction. The conference theme is “Shaping our Digital Lives” which reflects how technology influences our home, work, play, and life, and the challenges in designing and deploying innovative and collaborative technologies which shape our lives. The conference will take place on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at The Helix, Dublin City University. Read more or register at iHCI 2014

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Irish Government Commits to National Health Innovation Hub in 2014

The Irish Government has just announced that a National Health Innovation Hub will be established in 2014, following the success of a Demonstrator project in Cork and an independent evaluation of its role. The Hub aims to support Irish businesses in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and ICT sectors – which together account for over €140billion in annual exports. It is hoped its creation will allow the Irish health system to gain easy access to innovative companies who can provide solutions to the problems that it faces, making it cheaper and easier to deliver better health-care to more patients.

Read more: Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

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‘Honest Broker’ Health Data Service for NI

An Honest Broker Service (HBS) for Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland is to be set up. The aim is to enable non-identifiable health data to be shared to maximise health service benefits which can be gained from it. It will enable the provision of anonymised, aggregated and in some cases pseudonymised health and social care data to the DHSSPS, HSC organisations and for ‘ethically approved health and social care related research’. Read more: DHSSPS Business Services Organisation 

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NI Health Minister views Ekso GT Exoskeleton Suit

The Ekso Wearable Walking Exoskeleton (EWWE) is a wearable, battery-operated bionic exoskeleton that enables patients with lower extremity weakness or paralysis to stand and walk on level surfaces. It has been recently viewed in NI by Health Minister, Edwin Poots. Northern Ireland’s blind adventurer and athlete Mark Pollock, demonstrated the device. Mark who became the first blind man to reach the South Pole,was left paralysed after falling from a window. He is a recognised champion for paralysed people all over the world.  The Belfast Telegraph has a nice piece on Mark’s experience wearing the suit. DHSSPS Press Release

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Sligo Man Gets ‘Bionic Eye’

The first commercial telescopic eye implant outside the USA trials sector, has been implanted in an 80 year old Sligo man’s eye. The tiny telescopic implant uses sophisticated micro-optical technology to magnify central vision images. This provides improved ‘straight ahead’ vision. Read more: The Irish Independent 


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