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Monday, 22nd November 2021

Connected Health & Wellbeing Cluster launched at DkIT

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Breanndán Casey, Connected Health Cluster Manager representing DKIT and Cluster members at the Future Health Summit in the RDS, Dublin.

One of 12 Enterprise Ireland-funded Clusters nurturing strategic collaboration

A new Connected Health and Wellbeing Cluster was launched recently at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) which supports Ireland’s ambition to become a global leader in the sector that merges the latest technology with established healthcare solutions.  

The new Enterprise Ireland-funded cluster will encourage and facilitate increased collaboration between industry, academia, healthcare providers, and enterprise support agencies. Connected Health is a broad area that encompasses a variety of terms including e-health, m-health and telehealth and captures everything from electronic patient records, remote monitoring, connected devices, digital therapeutics and more.

Europe has seen a large increase in the number of specialist clusters who have successfully increased the innovation and productivity rates of their members. The RTCF was created with the specific aim of enabling third level institutes to lead on Cluster initiatives that foster increased productivity by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), drives SME competitiveness, and supports internationalisation activity. 

Members of the Connected Health & Wellbeing Cluster will work together on joint R&D, upskilling, new product development, and targeting of overseas markets.

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The CHW Cluster officially launched at a virtual event attended by representatives from industry, academia, healthcare, and the government sector.

The cluster is led by Breanndán Casey, Education & Outreach Manager, who said,

“Ireland has a strong track record in MedTech, Life Science and Pharma, and with a substantial presence of technology firms here it is perfectly positioned to become a major player in the new era of digitalised healthcare. The members of the Connected Health & Wellbeing Cluster exemplify the wide range of technological and health expertise needed to compete in the emergent sector and includes industry giants like AWS and BD, alongside startups such as aCGT Vector, Soothing solutions and Isaac Care. 

Effective clusters rely on building trust across the wider ecosystem, and I’m delighted that IDA Ireland, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, and the ‘ICT, Health and Ageing’ Research Centres at DKIT have also committed to working within the cluster.   We will harness this expertise by driving collaboration with researchers, innovators, healthcare providers, and corporations to deliver cutting-edge innovation that will unlock untapped potential within the sector.”

Declan Murphy, CEO of Isaac Care, one of the members of the Cluster spoke at the launch on how they have developed new digital remote monitoring products that are increasing in popularity due to technological advancements, changing consumer demand, and an ageing demographic.

For further information, how to engage with the Connected Health & Wellbeing Cluster, please visit www.chwcluster.ie or contact breanndan.casey@dkit.ie

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