The Health Service Executive of Ireland joins forces with ECHAlliance Network of International Digital Health Ecosystems

28 March 2022

Today, the Health Service Executive of Ireland (HSE) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) announced a new partnership around the Digital Health Ecosystem in Ireland to concentrate in the following five areas:

  • The Ireland Digital Health Ecosystem will join the ECHAlliance network of 70 + international geographic digital health ecosystems.
  • The Ireland Digital Health Ecosystem will become involved within the new network of Thematic Innovation Ecosystems.
  • The HSE will become a supporting partner of the Global Health Connector Partnership and participate in the three thematic priorities on Health Inequalities, Skills and Data.
  • The HSE and ECHAlliance will collaborate in joint initiatives on the opportunities within the Recovery and Resilience Funds both within Ireland and across the other 26 Member states of the EU.
  • ECHAlliance will actively promote the Stay Left Shift Left approach across the ECHAlliance community.

In announcing the new partnership, Chair of ECHAlliance – Brian O’Connor said ” We have watched with great interest the accelerated progress in Digital Health in Ireland .Our longstanding relationships there enable us to connect those efforts to our Global Network and we look forward to practical steps on the Shift Left ,Stay Left strategy ,we know many of our Global communities are interested “ 

Martin Curley from the HSE Digital Transformation announced that ” Organizations are no longer the unit of competition – it’s all about the ecosystem – to progress and learn fast it is important to be connected to a global network of health ecosystems. We can all learn and improve faster together which will mean health benefits for every citizen and shared value through better wellbeing, welfare and economic wealth

About ECHAlliance

ECHAlliance is the Global Connector for digital health. Our global community connects 78 countries and 4.4 billion people (Africa, Americas, Asia, Canada, Caribbean, China, Europe, Commonwealth, India, the Pacific & USA) and over 20,000 experts – including government, health & social care providers, leading companies and start-ups, researchers, insurances, patients groups and citizens. We have an intelligence network of over 70+ Ecosystems, run a number of international projects, provide up to date news and social media content and organise key digital health events.

The Global Health Connector Partnership,  Digital Health Observatory and The Digital Health Society movement facilitate and promote the transfer of knowledge, experiences and best practices creating a community of knowledge in Digital Health globally.

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About Health Service Executive (HSE)

The HSE provides all of Ireland’s public health services in hospitals and communities across the country.

Our purpose is to provide safe, high quality health and personal social services to the population of Ireland. Our vision is a healthier Ireland with a high quality health service valued by all. 

The health service is the largest employer in the state with over 110,000 whole time equivalents (WTEs) (not including home helps) employed. Over 70,000 are employed directly by the HSE with the remaining 40,000 employed by voluntary hospitals and agencies. 

Our vision for healthcare is to put people at the heart of everything we do – we are committed to delivering high quality safe healthcare to our service users, communities and the wider population. Our staff are at the core of the delivery of healthcare services, working within and across all care settings in communities, hospitals and healthcare offices.

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