Mon, 16 Dec 2019

Digital innovation in health sector in Ireland gets boost

Conor Trindle
16 Jul 2019, 16:43 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Stryker on Monday announced the opening of its Digital Platform Services Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland, and a strategic collaboration with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) to develop digital solutions for use in emergency and specialist care settings.

The aim of the two organisations is to provide more seamless care coordination for patients suffering from time critical medical emergencies.Stryker will locate its Digital Platform Services Innovation and Ideation Hub in RCSI's Smurfit Educational and Research Centre (pictured), located on the Beaumont Hospital campus. The collaboration will focus on developing digitally enabled care products and performance metrics.

"RCSI has a proud legacy of over 230 years of clinical innovation as well as unrivalled expertise in surgical training and practice," Professor Cathal Kelly, RCSI CEO said Monday.

"Today, our dynamic research culture has a global reach, driving discoveries and innovations that enhance patient care and outcomes. Engaging with industry is an integral part of our research culture and partnerships, such as the one announced today with Stryker, are vitally important to delivering on our mission to improve human health and patient outcomes on a global scale."

"We recognize the importance of being deeply connected to healthcare professionals to understand their challenges and gather insights to develop solutions that drive value and improve patient outcomes," Shaun Braun, Vice President of Digital Platform Services at Stryker said Monday.

"This partnership will enable knowledge-sharing and ensure we are grounded in clinical reality as we build digital products that make a difference for our customers and their patients."

Mary Buckley, Executive Director IDA Ireland added: "Ireland has become a digital hub and a leader in digital innovation. This is reflective of our growing, flexible and well-educated talent pool. With our vibrant technology and life sciences clusters, Ireland is an ideal hub for convergence and innovation around areas like connected health. We are uniquely placed to benefit from investment such as that of Stryker's new Digital Platform Services Centre of Excellence."

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies offering products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine.

Stryker has six locations in Ireland and employs over 3,500 people. The company marked its 20th anniversary in Ireland last year.

RCSI is a dedicated health sciences institution specialising in medical education, surgical training and research. As a global institution with medical schools in Dublin, Bahrain and Malaysia, and Leadership Institutes in Ireland and Dubai, RCSI seek partners like Stryker with a broad international reach to advance patient outcomes worldwide.

RCSI has been awarded Athena Swan Bronze accreditation for positive gender practice in higher education. RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2%) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations.

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