We must seize the opportunities offered by eHealth Week to promote innovation, economic growth and employment in Northern Ireland. That was the key message today from Health Minister Edwin Poots ahead of a round of high-profile engagements in Belfast and Dublin to mark eHealth Week. Over 2,500 international delegates and 100 exhibitors, drawn mainly from the EU and North America, are expected at the international conference which opens today in Dublin.
Speaking today before he attended the High Level Conference in Dublin Castle, Minister Poots said: “The events this week will provide opportunities for the promotion of innovation in healthcare; for the promotion of economic growth and employment opportunities; for enhancing cooperation with the EU and the US on eHealth; and for the promotion of Northern Ireland internationally.”
The Minister has invited EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs Tonio Borg to travel to Northern Ireland to show him developments in innovation in Health, in particular in the context of the Northern Ireland’s Connected Health and Prosperity agenda. Later in the week, Mr Poots will join with Economy Minister Arlene Foster in Belfast to launch a report which identifies the opportunities for economic development within the Health and Social Care sector. He will give the keynote address to hundreds of delegates at the NI Connected Health Ecosystem International Event at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
The Minister added: “I believe that in Northern Ireland we now have the necessary elements in place to enable innovation to become fully embedded into healthcare service delivery. I believe that we can now begin to realise our Connected Health and Prosperity vision, and in so doing significantly enhance the quality of health and social care for all the people of Northern Ireland while at the same time boosting the local economy.”
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