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Start-ups and small businesses from around the world showcased their innovative health ideas at ‘The Innovation Showcase’ today (Monday 23rd October), as part of this year’s Health Innovation Week (20-25th October 2017).

Over 179 Irish companies received €723 million in funding last year and nearly 35 per cent of these health startups working in eHealth.

The showcase consisted of exhibitions, presentations, and workshops revealing highlights of eHealth projects in Ireland, technologies that it has been claimed will revolutionise Irish healthcare by 2030.

Futuristic innovations on display for attendees to see and interact with included Samsung Virtual Reality technologies, “The Da Vinci Robot”, “Pocket Anatomy” etc.

Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer for HSE and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland, said: “Health Innovation Week is an exciting opportunity for eHealth Ireland to showcase how it will be enabling connected health through digital; by bringing current and future projects together, through shared experiences and new ways of working, collaborating to show the art of the possible for Health in 2030.

“It puts people at the centre of driving healthcare innovation, this is the only way to achieve true organisational change and through harnessing the power of the ever-evolving landscape to create a digital fabric and foundation that is essential to support the reform needed in our healthcare system”.

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, claimed that the showcase was a demonstration of what is possible in healthcare, now and in the future. “Innovations and digital technologies are already helping us to build a better health service, and it is inspiring to see so many ideas and creations that will shape healthcare for Irish patients into the future”.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, added: “The need for innovation is at the core of our drive for improvements in healthcare quality and patient outcomes.

“The showcase is an opportunity to see first-hand what is possible.  At the heart of these technologies are the opportunities made available to positively impact patients’ lives and to support and improve patient safety”.

Health Innovation Week is a series of interactive events that encourage creation, learning and collaboration by showcasing the innovations that have the power to transform the Irish healthcare system and build a better health service.