European Innovative Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The recent DHSSPS Press Release on 2nd European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Conference can be accessed here.

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Are you someone who uses Remote Telemonitoring services?

The Patient and Client Council  would like to understand the experiences of people who have or are currently using the Telemonitoring NI service and would be very interested to get your feedback.  If you receive this service, have received it in the past, or know of someone who has, they would like to hear your views.  This is an independent study and feedback will be treated confidentially (therefore your details will not be passed on to the providers of the service).  If interested, please contact Deepak Samson or Dr. Avril Craig on 0800 917 0222 or 028 90 321230 or email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Read more: Patient & Client Council website

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Belfast-based start-up Sensum gets £600k for device that can read minds

A company which employs skin sensor technology to monitor the impact of marketing and advertising has just received investment topping £600,000.

Neuromarketing pioneer Sensum has secured early-stage funding to help advertisers gauge the effectiveness of their campaigns through new-age technological advances.

Read more: Belfast Telegraph 

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Technology to trigger memories and communication scoops award

Julia O’Rourke has just won the Clinical Innovation Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and Cleveland Clinic, for technology called REMPAD, which supports ‘reminiscence activity’ for older people and those with dementia. She spoke to Silicon Republic’s Claire O’Connell about the approach and how the award will open doors for the emerging technology.

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New Irish tech company wins pilot to replace hospital pagers with new app

One Irish startup has won a pilot with the largest hospital in the country to replace doctors’ pagers in hospitals. Read more: The Independent

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EU-US Connected Health Conference

Here’s some catch-up news from the third EU-US Connected Health Conference, which was part of the recent Connected Health Week in Boston:

Stormont adds weight to US push for improved healthcare – Belfast Telegraph

Health Minister Promotes Northern Ireland For ‘Connected Health & Life Sciences’ In Boston, USA – DHSSPS Press Release

Robinson And McGuinness Encourage Innovation In Healthcare At Boston Conference - DHSSPS Press Release


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TMED Health Challenge 2013 Winners Announced

Five companies developing healthcare and lifestyle projects pitched against each other in the final of the TMED Health Challenge 2013, which took place as part of this year’s CultureTECH festival.


The TMED Health Challenge 2013 developed in partnership with C-TRIC, the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre, HSC Innovations and CultureTECH, aimed to challenge the creative and digital industries to address unmet needs in health and wellbeing.

Finishing in the 1st and 2nd spots respectively were ‘DigitEase’, a technology for monitoring arthritis with James Connolly and ‘SmartLife’, a lifestyle management app for diabetes with Prof Maurice Mulvenna. Read more: C-TRIC

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ActivAge conference registration open

The ActivAge conference is a joint initiative between The Digital Hub and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.

The conference will explore the role of technology in supporting healthy ageing.  It will bring together clinicians, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, eHealth experts and older people to imagine a future of successful ageing.

Date:  Tuesday, 5th November 2013

Time: 9am registration for 9.30am kick-off.  Conference will close at 4.30pm.

Venue:  Digital Exchange, Crane Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8.

The ActivAge Conference is free to attend, but you must reserve your place in advance

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S3 places its chips on the future of TV and healthcare

Silicon Republic interviews John O’Brien, CEO of S3, about the company’s background and strategy. Read more

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Queen’s Team Takes Top Honours at 25k Awards 2013

A Queen’s University Belfast team which is developing a range of novel medical diagnostic tests is the overall winner of the 25k Awards 2013, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

The awards are made under the NISP CONNECT entrepreneurship programme, which is based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The tests being developed by ProAx-SiS will enable routine monitoring of patients with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, either within the clinic or at home.

Read more: SyncNI

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NI’s Competence Centre launched in Connected Health

Professor Jim Mclaughlin with Minister Arlene Foster at this morning's launch of the £7m Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) at the University of Ulster

Professor Jim Mclaughlin with Minister Arlene Foster at the launch of the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC)

In February 2012 we reported on the formation of a ‘Connected Health Innovation Centre’ (CHIC) for Northern Ireland.  This week the centre was officially launched by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

CHIC is supported by a £5 million R&D grant from Invest NI and an additional £1.8 million investment by member companies. It is the first of a number of ‘Competence Centres’ to be created in Northern Ireland in areas identified by MATRIX (NI’s government science advisory panel) as being suitable for commercial exploitation.

Around twenty companies have signed up to become members, ranging from early stage spin-outs to multinationals [Editor's disclaimer: TASK Community Care is a member company]. The areas they span include medical device production, diagnostics testing, health software (analytics, security and brain training), telecare and homecare.

The centre will provide a manager to work with member companies to identify ‘market focused projects’ which align with four research themes; integrated care and assisted living, point of care diagnostics, vital signs sensing development, and health in the cloud (the research themes were selected following workshops and meetings with interested businesses). University researchers will then carry out the work such as prototyping and trialling devices.

Speaking at the launch, Professor James Mc Laughlin of the University of Ulster explained: “This new centre is the next step in building a Northern Ireland connected health eco-system. By developing stronger links between academic researchers and customer focused companies, the centre can de-risk innovation for the companies and reduce the time to market for new innovative products and services.”

Read more: University of Ulster Press Release

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Poots praises Electronic Document Management (EDM) system

During a recent visit to  the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen the Minister Edwin Poots took the opportunity to view the hospital’s new Electronic Document Management (EDM) system. The system is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and commenced as a pilot project in March this year with a view to extending it to other hospitals across in the province in the future.

Speaking during the visit to the hospital which opened in June 2012, the Minister said: “This is a highly sophisticated system which will transform the way medical case notes and associated documents are managed and accessed by healthcare professionals. It will fully maximise the potential of the recently launched Electronic Care Record by enabling patient records to be fully automated and accessible 100% of the time where they are needed, at the point of care.”

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “EDM is a cutting-edge flagship project offering tremendous benefits for patients and staff. Our staff are very impressed with the new system, it is quick and easy to use and they spend less time retrieving, transporting and waiting to receive patient files. Patient details can now be accessed in real time and this helps with the treatment and care packages which are put in place in our hospitals.” Read more: Department Press Release

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Connected Health Innovation Centre: Call for New Members

Call for members Time is running out if your company is interested in participating in Northern Ireland’s Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC).

The funding for CHIC is now in place and companies who would like to take part are invited to apply to become members which will entitle them to initiate research projects by the CHIC researchers. 

An overview of CHIC is available at the following Link. This includes some relevant questions and answers. Current operational procedures document are available at the following link.

Applications will require the completion of 2 documents.

1. Company Overview and
2. Memorandum of Understanding.

Companies are encourage to apply by the 29th August, 2013 and take part in the first call for proposals on the 3rd September. Companies and key health stakeholders will be invited to a launch of CHIC on the 3rd of September. If you would like to hear more about the plans,  please contact the Centre Manager at the following email hidden; JavaScript is required

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Smartphone savvy and addicted to tablets: NI over-55s lead way in technology revolution

Ofcom’s Communications 2013 Market Report, published today, has shown a startling explosion in the use of tablet computers and smartphones in Northern Ireland.

The research declared NI the tablet computer capital of the UK, with almost one in three households now owning one. That compares with one in four owning tablets elsewhere in the UK, with take-up in NI particularly marked among people aged 55 and over!

The report also reveals that almost half (45%) of people here own smartphones – up 11% in just 12 months.

The surge reflects the continuing rise in take-up and use of the internet in Northern Ireland – eight in ten households (80%) now have access to the internet, up from 73% the previous year.

Read more: Ofcom Communications Market Report: Northern Ireland. Also covered in today’s Belfast Telegraph.


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Technology can help both carers and patients

An article in Monday’s Independent featured an article about the benefits of ‘assistive technology’, in an interview with Judy Williams whose dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia in 2006.  

Read more: The Independent

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