Monday 16th December 2019. Health Innovation Hub Ireland today launched a national call to business to provide innovative solutions for healthcare as well as a specific call for the prevention, early diagnosis, and self-management of chronic illness.
Applications may be submitted to either the Open Call, for innovations that address ANY healthcare need or the Focussed Call for innovations that address a HSE identified priority theme. For December 2019, it centres on Supporting Self-Management of Chronic Disease including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes.
Dr. Colman Casey, Director of HIHI explained the specifics of the call. “While the innovations submitted to the HIHI Focussed Call should support the day-to-day self-management for those diagnosed with one (or more) of the identified chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes), it may also include early detection and identification of risk factors and provide options for disease prevention. The solution must demonstrate how it could integrate or work co-operatively with current healthcare supports for chronic illness in Ireland.”
Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, said “I welcome the launch of Health Innovation Hub Ireland’s third call since 2016. I am happy to see that this call has both an Open Call for innovation in healthcare and also a focussed call that relates to ‘Supporting Self-Management of Chronic Disease’. In Ireland approximately 1 million people suffer from Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Cardiovascular disease.
‘I am delighted to see that this call is in line with one of Sláintecare’s programmes which focuses on implementing Integrated Care Programmes focused on people with chronic conditions and older people.
There are also many projects around the country which received funding through the €20 million Sláintecare Integration Fund which focus on people with chronic disease and supporting them to engage in chronic disease self-management.
This will also compliment the additional investment of €40m in 2020 in the reformed GP contract to commence the roll out of a structured Chronic Disease Management Programme in January 2020 targeted at GMS clients aged 75+ with specified chronic disease, focussing on prevention, more treatment in the community and hospital avoidance.’
The work of HIHI has great potential to improve patient experiences and outcomes. I look forward to seeing what innovative ideas and projects come from this call.”
Welcoming the call to enterprise Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said: “As Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation I would strongly encourage enterprises working in this space to respond to HIHI’s calls to address healthcare needs.
Ireland has a wealth of indigenous and international innovative med-tech companies and I would like to see them get involved in this initiative which can benefit both patients and
Why Chronic Disease? According to the WHO, ‘the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide. It has been calculated that, in 2001, chronic diseases contributed approximately 60% of the 56.5 million total reported deaths in the world and approximately 46% of the global burden of disease. The proportion of the burden of non-communicable disease (NCDs) is expected to increase to 57% by 2020. Almost half of the total chronic disease deaths are attributable to cardiovascular diseases; obesity and diabetes are also showing worrying trends, not only because they already affect a large proportion of the population, but also because they have started to appear earlier in life.’
Since it was launched in September 2016, HIHI has managed 265 company engagements, 166 of these have resulted in follow-up support activities and 60 of these have developed into active projects within the Irish healthcare system.
HIHI is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation. As a unique joint government initiative, HIHI offers companies the opportunity for pilot and clinical validation studies and provides the health service with access to innovative products, services, devices. HIHI works to impact Irish business and Irish healthcare in 3 key areas.
1. Industry: HIHI matches companies with relevant clinical teams, overseeing a study of each product in an Irish clinical setting.
2. Healthcare: HIHI works with healthcare staff to assess ideas that address problems they have encountered in their work. HIHI provides advice and direction on commercialisation and product development and links innovators to the healthcare innovation ecosystem in Ireland.
3. Education: Delivering a series of five HIHI workshops and a Diploma
in Healthcare Innovation, HIHI is embedding an innovation culture in Irish healthcare.
HIHI issues an annual call but also welcomes direct engagement through any of its offices in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
Dr. Tanya Mulcahy, National HIHI Manager outlines the application process
“The HIHI call is open for submissions until 5pm on Friday January 31st, 2020.
Companies must submit an application form, available for download on hih.ie. Short-listed applicants are invited to pitch to an expert HIHI panel. The panel is comprised of subject matter experts along with representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board and the HSE. For each successful application HIHI oversees a study of each product in an Irish clinical setting and then authors a report upon completion of the study. The completed report can offer leverage for products in international markets, enhance distribution opportunities and inform further development.”
Enterprise Ireland Director of Life Sciences, Deirdre Glenn added: “Ireland’s Life Science’s sector is continuing to flourish and contribute to the improvements being met across healthcare services and better outcomes for patients.
“Since it was set-up, the Health Innovation Hub has fostered several innovative healthcare products and services that have gone on to achieve major success. This latest call to businesses to step forward with their technologies and solutions not only benefits patients but is aimed too at helping Irish-based companies to sell their products in new markets overseas.
“We have been so pleased to support the initiative since it was established, and Enterprise Ireland remains focused on supporting companies in the sector that are improving the health of others living with chronic diseases, and in parallel are further elevating Ireland’s status as a global leader in healthcare solutions.”
Laya Healthcare announces new jobs for Galway as it creates a national network of Health and Wellbeing Clinics
- Laya Health & Wellbeing Clinics will create 80 new jobs in different regions
- Up to 20 new jobs for Galway
- Major Multi-Million Euro Plan aims to ‘reimagine healthcare from the ground up’
- Aim to improve affordability and access to healthcare at the lowest level of complexity
- Clinics will support reforms proposed by Sláintecare, delivering care in the community
Laya Healthcare today announced a major multi-million-euro plan to create a nationwide network of Health and Wellbeing Clinics in Ireland, creating 80 new jobs across different regions. The first laya Health and Wellbeing Clinic will open in Cherrywood in Dublin in December, with a Galway Clinic due to open in early January 2020. This will be followed by Limerick next summer. Two more Clinics will open by 2022 with locations to be confirmed.
The new laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will open from 10am – 10pm, 365 days a year and will offer a comprehensive breadth of services including walk-in urgent care for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries for patients as young as 12 months+, alongside a breadth of Wellbeing services that are focused on health promotion, health protection and disease prevention.
Health and Wellbeing services will be phased-in over time. In addition to urgent care, services will include the delivery of minor surgical procedures and treatments, specialist Consultant outpatient services, vaccinations and flu management services, face-to-face Counselling services (by appointment), Chronic Disease Management and Homecare support services including IV and infusion services.
Open to all
Laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will be open and accessible to everyone, meaning that those with health insurance and those without can access the network of Clinics for their urgent care needs.
There will be special benefits for Laya Healthcare members including direct settlement payment for urgent care and face-to-face access to popular member benefits including HeartBeat cardiac screenings, Healthcoach consultations, and access to qualified Counsellors (by appointment) as part of laya healthcare’s 24/7 Mental Wellbeing Support Programme.
Speaking at the launch of its new network of Laya Health and Wellbeing clinics, Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of Laya healthcare said, “Ensuring our members can access healthcare at the lowest level of complexity that promotes the best medical outcome for their needs is the reason why we’re creating our own nationwide network of Laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics.
“In the short-term, we expect our Laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will quickly relieve some of the pressure in acute hospital settings and allow people to be seen more quickly 365 days a year. While providing urgent care is a key offering, our Clinics will be equally focused on the areas of preventative health and wellbeing, with screening services and experts in place to focus on health promotion, health protection and disease prevention that support our members’ physical, social and mental wellbeing. Right now, there is no other single destination you can go to that will look after your urgent care needs alongside your wellbeing needs, so our Clinics will break new ground in this regard”, Clancy added.
New Job Creation
New jobs will be created in phases; 45 new jobs will be created in the initial roll-out of three Clinics in Briarhill in Galway, Cherrywood in Dublin and Limerick in the coming months. A further 35 new jobs will be created with the addition of two more Clinics by 2022.
The laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will directly support the Government’s Sláintecare strategy, which aims to deliver more non-complex healthcare in the community. This progressive shift of healthcare from acute hospital settings into integrated primary and community care settings will help people get the right care, in the right place and at the right time.
Urgent Care treatment for minor injuries and illnesses
The Laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will be open from 10am – 10pm, 365 days a year, offering walk-in urgent care for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses for those as young as 12months+. The Clinics will treat a range of minor fractures, dislocations and sports injuries along with a wide range of illnesses including high fever and vomiting, infections and rashes, allergies, minor eye and ear injuries, minor head injuries, cuts and wound care, minor burns, insects and animal bites.
Laya Healthcare is partnering with MyMedical, experts in the urgent care space. Dr. Martin Rochford, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine has been appointed as Medical Director and Clinical lead of the laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics.
For details on what services the laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics offer members and non-members please go to layahealthcare.ie/clinics.
2 December 2019
John Breslin receives President’s Award at Galway Chamber Business Awards 2019
John Breslin, a Personal Professor in Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway’s College of Science and Engineering, received this year’s prestigious President’s Award.
The President’s Award, sponsored by PwC, is given to an individual who has made a contribution to the business life of Galway that is outstanding in every way.
John has a wealth of experience in a range of sectors and is Co-Founder of many businesses such as Galway City Innovation District (PorterShed), Boards.ie, Adverts.ie and StreamGlider
He is also Director and Vice-Chair of WestBIC, Director of Emeritus, American Council on Exercise and Advisor to AISLER, AYLIEN, Pocket Anatomy and Rep.ly.
Dave Hickey, President of Galway Chamber said, “John Breslin has played a major role in the success of Galway’s entrepreneurial eco-system through his work at NUI Galway as well as his contribution to founding PorterShed, as a director of WestBIC and many, many other projects he has started or participated in. Through his work in NUI Galway’s ‘Innovate’ programmes, John has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to acquire skills they would otherwise take years to acquire.”
2 December 2019
Sweeney Oil wins Galway Chamber’s Business of the Year Award 2019
Galway Chamber Business Awards and Gala Ball 2019 was hosted by President Dave Hickey on Friday 29th November and was attended by a record number of businesses.
The Awards celebrates all that is good about Galway’s business community with the theme for this year being ‘Imeall an Iarthair- Ag Obair As Lámha a Chéile’ or ‘Western Edge, Working Together’.
We believe that the theme captures the spirit and community feel of Galway businesses, to make their enterprises succeed locally, nationally and internationally by working together.
In a wide-ranging address to the attendees, Chamber President Dave Hickey said “Our Business Awards provide an opportunity for Galway’s business community to recognise outstanding achievement by their peers across Galway,”
He also added “The breadth and quality of the entries, nominees and ultimate winners shows that we have a vibrant and talented business community based here.”
He spoke about the importance of collaboration to make Galway the best place in Ireland in which to live, work and to visit.
The President’s Award sponsored by PwC.
This year’s recipient is John Breslin.
The Category Winners of the Galway Chamber Business Awards 2019, in association with Shannon Group plc were:
Dr. Chris Coughlan Award for Best Emerging Enterprise sponsored by WestBIC and Galway Technology Centre
Best Innovation/R&D sponsored by EY
Winner: Loci Orthopaedics
Best SME sponsored by AIB
Winner: Sweeney Oil
Best Customer Service sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Best Marketing including Social & Digital Media sponsored by Galway City Council
Winner: Connacht Hotel
Best CSR/Sustainability sponsored by Magnet Networks
Winner: University of Sanctuary Campaign & Movement @ NUI Galway
Best Tourism Product/Campaign sponsored by Shannon Airport
Winner: Trad on the Prom
Galway Chamber are thrilled to confirm the return of our Christmas Business Lunch, sponsored by KPMG.
Date: Friday 13th December
Time: 12.30pm. Starting with a festive mulled wine reception.
Venue: The Hardiman Hotel, Eyre Square.
Kindly sponsored by KPMG.
Guest speaker: Mr Cathal Hughes.
Cathal Hughes is Chairman of the Hughes Group, which includes Portwest, Hotel Westport and Westport House.
The Group, which is Headquartered in Westport, is owned by the Hughes family and is run by Cathal together with his brothers, Harry and Owen. In addition to the hotel and leisure operations in Westport, it has a retail presence in Ireland, with the principal activity of the group being the design, manufacture and distribution of protective clothing and associated protective equipment. Portwest trades in 130 countries and employs over 4,500 people worldwide.
Over the years, Cathal has also been a prolific charity campaigner and was named the 2019 Mayo Person of the Year by Mayo Association Dublin in recognition of his business and charitable activities. Cathal was one of the original founders of The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, was chairperson of the Foundation at the critical time of its inception and is currently co-patron alongside former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
Galway Chamber are delighted to partner with Shannon Airport for the ‘Shop Local, Fly Local’ pre-Christmas campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to promote the benefits of supporting your local economy with an exciting pre-Christmas promotion that celebrates the launch of three fantastic new routes from Shannon Airport to Paris, Barcelona and Vienna.
Galway Chamber CEO Kenny Deery says “We are thrilled to partner yet again with Shannon Airport. It is really important for the success of Galway businesses that we shop local. This partnership with Shannon Airport re-enforcing the importance of supporting local business.”
Local retail members of the Chamber have come on board and consumers can enter the competition in store while doing their Christmas shopping. Those who enter are in with a chance of winning flights to one of Shannon Airport’s three new routes.
Keep an eye out in stores such as McCambridges, Ó’Máille, Rituals, Kilkenny Shop, Galway Crystal & the Eyre Square Shopping Centre for a chance to enter and follow the hashtag #ShopLocalFlyLocalGalway online.
A live draw for the tickets will take place on Friday 20th December, just in time to kick-start the Christmas break.
On Thursday 14th of November, Galway’s GoBus.ie added to their impressive list of awards and accolades as they won Coach Operator of the year 2020 – Intercity at the Fleet Bus & Coach Awards.
GoBus.ie, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is locally owned and operated by Managing Director; Jim Burke and his sons Dara, Transport Manager and Donal, Fleet Engineer from Corofin Co. Galway.
The company provides Non Stop round-the-clock services between Galway, Dublin and Dublin Airport and Cork, Dublin and Dublin Airport and earlier this year set up its first Regional Connect Route between Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris, Tuam and Galway City.
Jim Burke has said that he “is delighted to have won the award. The entire GoBus.ie team work extremely hard on making sure our passengers have the most comfortable and convenient trip possible. We update our fleet every year so when travelling GoBus.ie, a passenger can be assured of every modern convenience whether they want to work or relax while on board.”
The Fleet Bus & Coach Awards take place every two years and is organised by Fleet Publications, the largest publisher of transport-orientated magazines in Ireland. This year, the awards were held in the 4 Star Johnstown Estate in Enfield, Co. Meath with the key decision makers of Irish Passenger Transport Industry in attendance.
Finalists in the 2019 Galway Chamber Business Awards are pictured at Shannon Airport during a networking event organised by the awards sponsor Shannon Group in conjunction with Galway Chamber. The finalists received a presentation from Mary Considine, the newly appointed Shannon Group CEO, on their commitment to growing air connectivity at Shannon. They were taken on a tour of key elements of the Shannon Group campus, included in a behind the scenes tour of the airport operation and an opportunity to learn about the Group’s €100 million investment across its three companies since established in 2014.
Welcoming the finalists to Shannon, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “Shannon Group is proud to once again sponsor the Galway Chamber Business Awards. These awards, which bring the business community together in a unique way, provide an invaluable opportunity for businesses to connect.
Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber spoke of the “critical importance on our regional airports to economic development in the West of Ireland. He outlined he was delighted to work with colleagues in Shannon Group plc on these business awards and was proud to lead a delegation of Galway Business representatives to meet with the management team of Shannon Group”.
“Our event here at Shannon was a wonderful opportunity for the finalists to network and for us to show how Shannon Group operations are helping to stimulate growth in Galway through air connectivity which allows businesses connect globally and tourists to access the Wild Atlantic Way. Now more than ever it is crucial that the business community explore opportunities to work together to drive business for the West of Ireland and ensure that Government , through its Project Ireland 2040 plans, delivers on its promises to drive 75% of growth in regions outside of Dublin.”
The Galway Chamber Business Awards, now in its 16th year, has established itself as the premier awards event of the year for businesses across the region. The winners of each category, along with ‘Overall Business of the Year Award 2019’ and the ‘President’s Award’, will be announced at the Galway Chamber Gala Ball on Friday 29th November in the Galmont Hotel & Spa.
Pictured above finalists in the Business Awards with Shannon Group plc team & Chamber Team.
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan (MKO) is an exemplary Irish S.M.E. success story.
Started by three people, with an obvious passion to do good work and deliver a really high level of service, it has grown over the last 20 years to be the largest company of its kind in the country.
With a workforce of 66 today MKO delivers a high quality of service in the areas of Planning, Environmental, Ecological, Ornithological and Estates and Project Management.
MKO works in industry sectors, areas of our economy and parts of our society that pose some of the greatest challenges of our time:
- Energy – through the delivery of wind farms, solar farms and critical electricity infrastructure that will aid our country’s transition to a low carbon economy.
- Housing – through the thousands of housing units it has helped secure planning permission for that will ease the housing shortage in our cities and towns.
- Conservation – providing expert advice and undertaking research to halt and reverse the biodiversity crisis we face as a nation and as a planet.
- Water and Wastewater – in aiding the critical infrastructure to supply clean water and treat wastewater effective.
- Education, healthcare and transport infrastructure where the projects this company helps deliver, will serve the needs of Irish society for decades to come.
MKO officially opened their new offices on the Tuam Road on the 10th October 2019 and are looking forward to many more successful years there.
T: (091) 735611 W: https://mkoireland.ie/