UCC Acknowledges Establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland

26 Jan 2016
Prof John R Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Head College of Medicine and Health

University College Cork (UCC) has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar regarding the establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) supports the development of pioneering research and innovation healthcare projects by creating access to cutting-edge research and innovation for the Irish health service.  By developing the next generation of leaders in healthcare and industry, HIHI has the potential to advance and transform health outcomes for patients by developing revolutionary solutions to medical problems; in addition to impacting on the health of the Irish economy by nurturing and supporting industry developments. 

Health Innovation Hub Ireland will be headquartered in UCC with its partnering institutes being; Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), NUI Galway (NUIG) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).  It is embedded within 23 hospitals nationally via the South/Southwest Hospital Group, Saolta University Heath Care Group and Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, in addition to three clinical research facilities, based at Mercy University Hospital Cork, University Hospital Galway and St. James’s Hospital Dublin.

 The Principal Investigator for the research consortium is Professor John R. Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Head of College of Medicine and Health UCC. Professor Higgins states that “today’s announcement is a very proud moment, as it not only captures the collaborative spirit between our partnering third level institutions, industry partners and health services, but demonstrates how working together unlocks and delivers transformational projects. In my own specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, I have seen the positive impact that technology has had on patient safety, patient care and patient outcomes. Therefore, I am confident that today’s announcement reflects the ability of Health Innovation Hub Ireland to greatly enhance Ireland’s national healthcare service and delivery in the years ahead.”

Innovation capacity and enhanced operational excellence are crucial requirements for the health sector in Ireland. Today’s announcement shows that the need for genuine collaboration between industry and the healthcare system to deliver economic growth, improved patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs has been recognised.

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