Innovation Hub opened at St. James’s Hospital

The country’s second Health Innovation Hub Ireland, based at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, partnered with Trinity College Dublin., has been officially opened by Health Minister, Simon Harris.

Innovation Hub opened at St. James’s Hospital
From left – Prof Seamas Donnelly, Prof Michael Gill, Eimear Galvin, Dave Shanahan, Minister John Halliagn, Minister Simon Harris, Prof John Higgins, Emily Naylor, Lorcan Birthistle and Trevor Callaghan

It aims to strengthen collaboration between Irish businesses and healthcare, making Ireland a leading location for start-ups and expanding healthcare companies

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) is establishing Ireland as a leading location for start-ups and expanding healthcare companies, by allowing easy interaction with hospitals and primary care centres. Collaboration between the health service and enterprise, is leading to the development of new Irish healthcare technologies, products, and services.

The official opening of a second HIHI in Dublin, with another to come in Galway marks a period of strong growth for HIHI:

  • Since 2016, HIHI has managed 200 company engagements, run 25 studies in Irish healthcare settings, with 72 companies receiving follow up support through HIHI.
  • There has been a 46 per cent increase in applications to the HHI national call aimed at companies, start-ups, SMEs (2016: 45 applicants, Vs 2018: 66 applicants.)
  • Staff has more than trebled – from four to 15, across the country.

HIHI was established by the Department of Business, Enterprise, Innovation, and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the HSE. As a unique joint government initiative, HIHI offers companies the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and the health service access to innovative products, services, devices. HIHI works to impact Irish business and Irish healthcare in three key areas:

Acting as a broker, HIHI matches companies with relevant clinical teams, overseeing a study of each product in an Irish clinical setting. It is an open door to all healthcare staff to assess ideas to solutions they have encountered in their work. It acts as mentors and advises on taking an idea and developing it into a service or product. Delivering a series of five HIHI workshops and a diploma in healthcare innovation, HIHI is embedding an innovation culture in Irish healthcare.