Health Innovation Hub Ireland Opens in the West

Saolta University Health Care Group, NUI Galway and HSE have announced the opening of the newly established ‘Health Innovation Hub Ireland’ based in Galway, which will work with both the Irish health sector and Irish businesses to improve healthcare services. This is a joint national initiative between the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with a national oversight group chaired by Enterprise Ireland. Health Innovation Hub Ireland is a national entity, led by University College Cork that brings together a partnership of clinical and academic centres in Galway, Cork and Dublin.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) evaluates concepts for healthcare innovation provided from those on the frontline - from clinicians to nurses to porters, and businesses from the health sector. HIHI provides a support structure to healthcare staff to pursue a project from concept, to pilot, to implementation stage. Similarly, any company that has a product that can significantly enhance healthcare can work with the HIHI team who will match individuals and companies with the relevant clinical teams, while overseeing a study testing each product in an Irish clinical setting.

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