The Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC) is delighted to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Health Service Executive (HSE) Digital Transformation and Innovation.

The MOU was officially signed and announced at an event on 25th March 2022 at the HSE National Digital Health Innovation Lab in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

At the event leading digital health entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, clinicians, patients, academics and others met to discuss the Digital Health Strategy and Action Plan for the HSE. The aim of the Action plan is to combine the intellect, assets and energy of digital health leaders and organisations in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and beyond to enable digital improvement. MOIC is one of the organisations involved in this project.

Speaking via video at the event, Health Minister Robin Swann said:

“This MOU will build on existing collaborations that MOIC has built throughout Europe in delivering one of its key objectives to share learning. This collaboration will enable joint working and will look at innovative ways in which technology can be used to enhance healthcare within our region. The MOU also offers the opportunity to explore the potential benefits of research and co-innovating digital health solutions, while also building a culture of partnership and collaboration within the health service of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland as well as the private sector and that is to be welcomed.”

Professor Mike Scott Director of MOIC added:

“It is really great to sign this MOU today with HSE Digital Innovation as it chimes perfectly with key MOIC aims of collaboration and innovation and will enable us to work more closely in terms of research service development and funding opportunities in the whole area of digital enablement.”

The MOU with MOIC and HSE Digital Transformation and Innovation will facilitate researching digital solutions that are aligned with both the HSE Digital Transformation Strategy of ‘Stay Left, Shift Left’ and the HSC Digital Innovation Strategy.

The new digital health innovation lab established in Tullamore offers significant opportunity to enable joint working with MOIC and the HSE particularly as Northern Trust has a digital health innovation test bed in Antrim Area Hospital, thereby creating an attractive infrastructure for industry.

A digital health innovation lab provides tech infrastructure for testing new devices and technology products to check if they work within healthcare settings and this MOU will enable products and devices to be tested in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.