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eHealth Ireland & N.Ireland 1st Joint Ecosystem
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eHealth Ireland & N.Ireland -
1st Joint Ecosystem Gathering

1st December 2016, 09.30 - 16.00

ECHAlliance was pleased to convene, a first of its kind gathering, bringing together two members of our International Ecosystem Network. Both the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem and the Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem bring together all sectors in their respective jurisdictions on a regular basis to identify solutions to the pressing issues and opportunities in Health & Social Care. In coming together the emphasis of the Joint Ecosystem Gathering was to provide a platform to showcase existing Cross Border initiatives and present future opportunities.

View the agenda and speakers presentations below 





Registration, Networking Coffee, Popup Exhibition



Welcome & Introductions

· Bleddyn Rees, Director, ECHAlliance [Moderator]


· Paddy Nixon, Vice Chancellor, Ulster University (event host)

· Brian O’Connor, Chair, European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)




Keynote: Cross Border Collaboration

· Jackie Johnston, Acting Deputy Secretary, Healthcare Policy Group, Department of Health, Northern Ireland - View Presentation Here

· Muiris O’Connor, Head of R&D and Health Analytics, Dept. of Health, Rep of Ireland - View Presentation Here



The scale of the north/south health challenges and addressing the top priorities

· Richard Corbridge, CIO Health Service Executive & CEO eHealth Ireland - View Presentation Here

· Sean Donaghy, Director of eHealth & External Collaboration, Health &Social Care Board, Northern Ireland



Support / Funding opportunities to propel innovation

· Grainne McVeigh, Director of Life Sciences, Invest Northern Ireland


· Dr Bernadette McGahon, Intl. Research & Innovation Manager, InterTradeIreland



Networking Coffee / Popup exhibition area



Clinically relevant wearables and data analysis leading to new roles for Connected health platforms via cross border research

· Prof Brian Caulfield, Director, Insight @ University College Dublin, Dean of Physiotherapy - View Presentation Here

· Prof Jim McLaughlin OBE, Director of the Engineering Research Institute and Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre - View Presentation Here



NWHIC - Using Open Innovation to Build Sustainable Cross-border Collaboration

· Geraldine Lavery,Head of Dept for Health & Sport, NWRC - View Presentation Here

· John Bartlett, Head of Research, Institute of Technology Sligo - View Presentation Here



European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing - Reference Site approach

· Dr Mike Scott, Director MOIC, Northern Ireland (4 Star) Medicines Optimisation - View Presentation Here


· Dr Julie Doyle, DkIT|NetwellCASALA & COLLAGE Team Ireland (3 Star) EIP-AHA - View Presentation Here



Chief Clinical Information Officers – driving change and shaping the future opportunities

· Yvonne Goff, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Health Service Executive - View Presentation Here

· Dr Ray Nethercott, CCIO, Western Health & Social Care Trust - South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen - View Presentation Here



ECHAlliance International Ecosystem Network – Priorities and areas for cooperation

· Bleddyn Rees, Director, European Connected Health Alliance



The imperative for Interoperability & Common Standards –the benefits and opportunities. [Bleddyn Rees, Director, ECHAlliance [Moderator]

· Tomaž Gornik, openEHR (Slovenia) - View Presentation Here

· Alexander Berler, IHE Europe (Greece) - View Presentation Here

· Stefan Sauermann, University of Applied Sciences Technikum, Advisor to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women  - View Presentation Here



Networking Lunch / Popup exhibition area





Optimisation of Care: Providers, Patients and Enablement using Technology

· Cathy Harrison, Senior Principal Pharmaceutical Officer, Head of Medicines and Policy Group, Department of Health - View Presentation Here


· Julie-Ann Walkden, Small Business Research Initiative Executive, Health SC BSO - View Presentation Here



European Funding – North/South Successes and Opportunities

· Dr Shirley Davey, EU Thematic Lead Connected Health, Horizon 2020 Contact Point, NI - View Presentation Here


· Dr Ciarán Duffy, IE National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Health, Enterprise Ireland - View Presentation Here


· Dr. Michaela Black/Prof JonathanWallace, MIDAS Project (Meaningful, Integration of Data, Analytics and Services) - View Presentation Here


· Sadie Bergin, Comms & Corp Governance Manager, CAWT - Cooperation And Working Together - cross border collaborative working in health and social care - View Presentation Here



Engagement and Clinical Information Officers Council – Health Service Executive Ireland

· Maria Oloughlin, Engagement Specialist, HSE - View Presentation Here



Future Opportunities – Announcements – Q&A

· Maria Oloughlin, Engagement Specialist, Health Service Executive

· Richard Corbridge, CIO Health Service Executive & CEO eHealth Ireland

· Sean Donaghy, Director of eHealth & External Collaboration, Health &Social Care Board, Northern Ireland


Roundup, next steps and close

· Brian O’Connor, Chair, European Connected Health Alliance


Networking & workshops

Workshops:  15:10 – 15:55

The imperative for Interoperability & Common Standards

Bleddyn Rees, Director, ECHAlliance – [Moderator]

· Tomaž Gornik, openEHR (Slovenia)

· Alexander Berler, IHE Europe (Greece)

· Stefan Sauermann, advisor to Austrian Ministry of Health (Austria)

· Michael Strübin, PCHA-Continua


Pre Commercial Procurement (PCP) SHOWCASE

· Pat Doyle, Innovative Procurement Specialist, RandDCollaboration, Invest Northern Ireland

· Julie-Ann Walkden, Small Business Research Initiative Executive, HSC BSO

· Cathy Harrison, Senior Principal Pharmaceutical Officer, Head of Medicines and Policy Group, Department of Health


SME Showcase Presentations Here


Supporting Partners:
Thank you to our supporting partners for enabling this event.


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Cerner partner with world-leading health and care organisations to deliver high quality care to patients, safely and cost effectively. Over 20,000 sites across 40+ countries trust Cerner as a partner. These organisations are at the forefront of digital health care, and by joining Cerner and each other, are able to share expertise, best practice and clinical content to continuously advance their own performance and drive industry standards.

We’re working with our clients to improve patient outcomes, clinician experience and organisational efficiency by connecting people, information, systems, and even whole countries. Our Millennium EHR enables safe, integrated and interoperable care for today and tomorrow, while our industry-leading population health platform ‘HealtheIntent’ is delivering proactive intelligence to allow you to make informed care decisions at provider and person level and shift towards value-based systems of care.

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Invest NI is the regional development agency for Northern Ireland, which provides a comprehensive range of services to business, aimed at accelerating business growth, maximising profitability & facilitating recruitment, training and R&D. Invest NI has a dedicated Life Sciences team providing specialist support to existing and new investors in the Life Sciences sector.

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