eHealth Driving the Innovation Environment EcoSystem 17th May 2017

eHealth Driving the Innovation Environment

eHealth Driving the Innovation Environment was the focus of the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem at the Radisson Hotel, St Helens on May 17th, 2017. The event, attended by over 160 delegates, brought together the HSE, the Department of Health, hospital clinicians, nurses, service users, industry leaders, and vendors. A full report from the day, including presentations, follows. 



eHealth driving the Innovation Environment


Wednesday, May 17th, 2017


Radisson Blu, St Helen’s, Blackrock, Dublin

Project Team

The project team consisted of representatives from the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Investnet Healthcare, and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance).



The event was promoted on the eHealth Ireland website and included an introduction to the Ecosystem and a description of the meeting theme. Once the agenda was finalised, it was added to the website. 

Email campaigns

An email announcing the event was sent out weekly to the eHealth database including key hospital, industry, academic and executive personnel, and previous Ecosystem attendees.

Social media

The event was promoted on Twitter by the project team. The hash tag #eHealth4All was used with a strong uptake prior to the meeting and by attendees on the day of the event.

Theme and Justification

Innovation is a cornerstone of the eHealth Strategy. eHealth Ireland is committed to creating an innovative environment for working together to improve Irish digital healthcare. This Ecosystem was an opportunity to inform and educate attendees on the existing initiatives that are in place to encourage innovators to realise their ideas. It was also a tool to collate expertise and opinions from the audience around what challenges they face, within their own fields and organisations, in realising and/or adopting new ideas.


The main objectives of the meeting were:

  1. To introduce stakeholders to existing innovation initiatives
  2. To compile expert opinions on the challenges and solutions facing innovation
  3. To support and encourage ideas

Speaker profiles

A keynote speaker was chosen who had experience getting innovative projects over the line efficiently. Several innovation initiatives / companies were invited to speak and introduce how they support innovation. For a full list of speakers and topics from the event please click here

Delegate profiles

217 delegates registered to attend the event including health professionals, medical educators, research students, nurses, general practitioners, industry leads, policymakers, patient group representatives, and service users. For a detailed breakdown of registered delegates, and their organisations, please click here


Companies had the option to bring along mini pop-up exhibition spaces, the following companies exhibited on the day:

SwiftqueueGene Cis
State Claims Agency Indici
Connected HealthVu2Vu
National Health Library Service One Touch

Plenary Session

The plenary session included an introduction from HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer, Yvonne Goff, emphasising how a health innovation ecosystem will improve healthcare.  

She was followed by HSE CIO, Richard Corbridge, who provided a brief update on the recent cyber-attacks.

After that, keynote speaker Chris Wood, iCentra Innovations, took to the stage to   demonstrate how innovation and technology plays a key tool in providing better patient care.

Delegates were then given a brief overview of several innovation initiatives including eHealth Connect, QIC Programme, Health Innovation Hub, NDRC and the Neurotransmitter Competition.

After the roundtable discussions, delegates heard from three speakers who had successfully worked through innovation initiatives. Ogie Sheehy, ViClarity, provided great insight on his journey of integrating compliance software into a health system. Brendan Casey, SwiftQueue, advised the audience to deliver and be ready for when your idea is realised. Finally Mark Rowe, DynoMed, shared his experiences and lessons learned in driving his innovative project.

After lunch the audience heard updates from the Shared Record Programme, the European Connected Health Alliance network and eHealth Ireland.

Opening of Ecosystem May17th 2017__.pdf (size 1 MB)

Cyber Attack Update Richard Corbridge__.pdf (size 2.7 MB)

eHealth Driving the Innovation environment Chris Wood M.D_.pdf (size 1.8 MB)

Health Innovation Hub -Tanya Mulcahy.pdf (size 3.1 MB)

Neuro Transmittor -Dr Catherine Diskin.pdf (size 3.5 MB)

eHealth Connect -Dr Clyde Hutchinson.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Viclarity Showcase -Ogie Sheehy.pdf (size 1.2 MB)

SwiftQueue Showcase - Brendan Casey.pdf (size 2.1 MB)

Dynomed Showcase -Mark Rowe.pdf (size 1.4 MB)

Shared Record Programme -Carole Glynn & Dan Aldridge.pdf (size 2.4 MB)

ECHAlliance update - Damian O Connor.pdf (size 1.5 MB)


Each table discussed a particular challenge that had been set by the leaders of the various innovation initiatives. The key messages from the roundtable discussions were:

  • Clinicians, and wider healthcare community, must be supported and encouraged to be innovative and to adopt change
  • Favouritism must be eliminated – funding often follows universities and bigger companies but not clinicians or SMEs
  • Share success stories and create viral implementation

Please click here to view all feedback from the roundtable discussions.


Planning phase

A consultation process took place with several innovation initiatives to solicit their thoughts on how the topic would be best approached. This process ensured that the maximum benefit was derived from the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem meeting and that a high quality set of recommendations could be produced for advancing the innovation ecosystem.

Contribution of project team

The event was professionally facilitated by Investnet and the ECHAlliance, who supported the planning, management and delivery of the meeting.


The views expressed by speakers and delegates are their own, and not those of the HSE.

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