HEALTH INNOVATION WEEK 2016 H ealth Innovation Week is a set of 4 different events revolving around technology in healthcare. The events focused on creating and stimulating public awareness of the amazing projects underway in Irelands health system. One of the main objectives is to inspire clinicians, university students, children of all ages and the general public to think about modern healthcare with an overall aim of putting Digital Health at the heart of the national agenda. “Looking Beyond 2020 in Connected Healthcare Innovation” This section of the exhibition will be taken over by suppliers, SMEs, start-ups and the QIC Programme, an eHealth Ireland internal innovation programme that demonstrates their disruptive technologies and innovative platforms capable of transforming the Irish healthcare system by 2020. These companies have been interacting and developing partnerships with Irish healthcare system working with the Health Innovation Hub and eHealth Connect programmes. This interactive section will allow patients, healthcare professionals and the general public an opportunity to see, touch and try some of the platforms that are going to be the systems of the future and enable the companies to engage with the potential users of their technology. Richard Corbridge said: “Disruption in health is here. Digital Health is a pre requisite, a driving force amongst healthcare and mobile is to be the dominant platform to access digital information. Research has found that 83% of businesses will be digital by 2020. We need to work with SME’s and the public to be innovative and iterative in our projects to provide the appropriate health care that citizens need.” The Minister for Health Simon Harris commented: “The delivery of eHealth to the doctors and nurses of Ireland is such a positive development and I am pleased to announce that eHealth Ireland will host a two day eHealth showcase in November at the Trinity Science Gallery. This innovation showcase will enable anyone in Ireland to see the work that has already been done in the last 18 months and be part of the future development of technologies that will make real progress for people in their interactions with health services.” Ensuring a sustainable legacy is key to the success of the projects. With this in mind, eHealth Ireland is working with Temple Street Children’s Hospital to facilitate the continued hosting of the innovation centre beyond the exhibition, ensuring that the projects are developed and further innovation encouraged into the future. To ensure nationwide participation and engagement, elements of the exhibition will be rotating around other venues in Ireland including other Irish Hospital groups. eHealth Ireland will be working to inform schools and universities about the event encouraging engagement and continued education around all the developments in health both in the Science Gallery and with future hosts of the Innovation Showcase.