- The Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem was set up in 2012
- Population size: 1.8 million
- Health Service primarily publicly funded primary, secondary and social care, with some private provision
- Northern Ireland achieved the highest recognition of 4 Star Reference Site status from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)
- Northern Ireland boasts a new Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC), a new regional innovation centre, which aims to ensure better health outcomes for the population through consistent delivery of best practice relating to the use of medicines
Connected Health has the potential to realise significant benefits for Northern Ireland through both improved care for patients and clients and providing development opportunities for researchers and industry. This is recognised in the Connected Health and Prosperity Memorandum of Understanding agreed in December 2011 by the Health and Economy Ministers. One of the priorities in the MOU was the development of a Connected Health Ecosystem in Northern Ireland bringing together the public, independent and private sectors, research bodies and patients and families to share good practice, learn from experiences and help to prioritise and develop connected health solutions.
Ecosystem Coordinator & Director of Operations, ECHAlliance