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Great eHealth Ireland Ecosystem meeting, 4th September!

12 September 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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The eHealth Ireland Ecosystem held their latest meeting at the School of Nursing, Dublin City University on Monday 4 September 2017, the theme of which was Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Almost 170 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.

The plenary session included an introduction from HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer, Yvonne Goff & Dr Seamus MacSuibhne, emphasising how the area of Mental Health played a vital role in the improvement of the health care system in Ireland.

They were followed by Professor Daire Keogh from Dublin City University who outlined the importance of education in the mental health area and some of the projects DCU are involved in.

Rick Rossiter, mental health advocate with See Change and ambassador of Refocus from the College of Psychiatrists, outlined the challenges and stigma faced by patients in relation to Mental Health and Orla Gogarty from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services shared the journey of a new system introduced in St Pat’s from Procurement to Go Live including some findings from this process.

Anthony McCarthy delivered an insightful presentation on Psychiatry and the role of technology within it, and also followed up with a Q&A session where delegates posed interesting questions and a lively debate took place.

Next Brian O’Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance updated attendees on the work of the European Connected Heath Alliance and Kumar Jacob delivered feedback on the role on the International Working Group for Mental Health and Wellbeing. This was followed by Dr Breige Casey from DCU who showcased the ongoing developments of Mental Health Programmes facilitated by DCU in the Homeless Prevention area.

The event was rounded off with break-out workshops, including feedback, in the areas of:

-        Service User Engagement;

-        Uses of Technology in the Treatment of Mental Health;

-        Connecting for the Future.

Health Innovation Week is taking place between 20 – 25 October 2017 which presents a series of interactive events which encourage creation, learning and collaboration by showcasing the innovations that have the power to transform healthcare in Ireland and elsewhere. More information can be found at