The Digital Health panel discussion will focus on practical feedback on starting and scaling a business:

– Lessons learned; What would you do differently?

– What supports did you access? Financial and Advisory

– How do you pilot test and scale your product / service?

– What future skills and innovation will be needed to target the sector?

We’ll also discuss the application process for the new startup programme for companies targeting the healthcare sector.

The Panel:

Sonia Neary – Wellola

Brendan Casey – SwiftQueue

Tanya Mulcahy – Health Innovation Hub Ireland

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Wellola’s patient portal offers hospitals and clinics the opportunity to revolutionise how they care for and communicate with their patients, handling real-time scheduling for in-person and online care, and ongoing correspondence in a manner that is GDPR- compliant, low cost and branded to their needs, resulting in substantial savings for that hospital and an improved healthcare experience for the patient.

Swiftqueue was founded in 2011 by Brendan Casey and Declan Donohoe. The Cloud-native Swiftqueue solution enables patients and citizens to access healthcare services provided from hospitals, clinics and specialists through a digital front door. The software is extensively deployed throughout the UK, Ireland and Canada, where it has transformed access to care and diagnostic services. This includes appointment solutions for phlebotomy clinics, diagnostic imaging, vaccination services and multiple care pathways across acute and community services. The company was acquired by global healthcare software provider Dedalus in November 2021.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) was established by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to drive collaboration between the health service and enterprise. They offer companies the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and the health service access to innovative products, services and devices that they may not otherwise be exposed to.

eHealth Embark is a suport programme for early stage digital healthcare start-ups providing them with the tools and support needed to validate their business proposition, as well providing access to technical, clinical, regulatory and business expertise to support the development of innovative product roadmaps and pathways to market.Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) are delivering the programme through the dConnect Digital Health Innovation Hub (dConnect) and the Connected Health and Wellbeing Cluster (CHW Cluster), who are both co-funded by Enterprise Ireland.