18/05/2014 - Pictured at the launch today of the new Connected Health Technology Centre was Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Û5 million Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology Centre is funded by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and is also supported by IDA Ireland. ARCH is hosted at University College Dublin (UCD) where researchers from clinical, engineering, technology, policy and economic fields - with input from University of Limerick (UL) and almost all Higher Education Institutes in the country with connected health research capabilities - will collaborate to deliver on the connected health research agenda defined by its industry steering group. . Gary O' Neill

18/05/2014 – Pictured at the launch today of the new Connected Health Technology Centre was Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The Û5 million Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology Centre is funded by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and is also supported by IDA Ireland. ARCH is hosted at University College Dublin (UCD) where researchers from clinical, engineering, technology, policy and economic fields – with input from University of Limerick (UL) and almost all Higher Education Institutes in the country with connected health research capabilities – will collaborate to deliver on the connected health research agenda defined by its industry steering group.. Gary O’ Neill

Minister Bruton Launches €5 million Connected Health Technology Centre

Digital medicine will improve patient experience and reduce costs to
healthcare system

18th May 2015

Healthcare services in Ireland could be transformed as a result of research
conducted at the new Connected Health Technology Centre launched by Richard
Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today (Monday).

The €5 million Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology
Centre is funded by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and
is also supported by IDA Ireland.

ARCH is hosted at University College Dublin (UCD) where researchers from
clinical, engineering, technology, policy and economic fields – with input
from University of Limerick (UL) and almost all Higher Education Institutes
in the country with connected health research capabilities – will
collaborate to deliver on the connected health research agenda defined by
its industry steering group.

Launching ARCH at a demonstration of the connected health technology in the
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital this morning, Minister Bruton said:
“Healthcare is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action
Plan for Jobs, and we have put in place a range of measures including the
establishment of a national healthcare innovation hub to support more Irish
companies to establish and grow jobs. The technology centre we are
launching today will be another crucial support for job-creation in this
area. By investing €5 million, and above all by bringing together industry
and researchers to work on common problems, we can develop cutting edge
technologies and accelerate job-creation right across the country”.

Connected Health is the utilisation of “connecting” technologies i.e.
communication systems – broadband, wireless, mobile phone, fixed phone
lines – and medical devices and treatments for healthcare applications.  In
addition, technologies relating to sensors, alarm systems, vital sign
monitoring devices, health informatics and data management systems are also
fundamental to the development of connected health solutions.

Explaining the need for a connected health approach to delivering clinical
services, Michael O’Shea, ARCH Centre Director said; “Every country in the
world is facing infinite demand for healthcare services from finite
resources, spiralling costs caused by the invention of new drugs, medical
equipment and procedures, higher patient expectations and an ageing
population (by 2051, close to 40% of the EU’s population will be older than
65). Combined with shortages of health professionals, the scale of the
challenge is daunting. However advances in technology, such as those being
developed through ARCH, are enabling a shift towards personalised
healthcare and information-based health services which will improve patient
experiences and reduce the cost of delivering healthcare.”

During the initial research phase, the team at ARCH under the direction of
UCD’s Professor Brian Caulfield, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy
and Population Science, focused on caring for patients with dementia. The
ARCH model will now be applied to a broader range of clinical conditions as
determined by industry and healthcare needs such as diabetes and heart
disease.

ARCH is headquartered at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at UCD,
and there are currently 15 industry partners steering the ARCH research
programme including; ADA Security Systems, Boston Scientific, Hermitage
Medical Clinic, ICON, OpenHealth, Novartis, Relate Care, S3 Group,
Swiftqueue, Theya Lingerie, Two Ten Health, Vitalograph, Philips, Resmed
and Vu2Vu; all actively involved in the connected health sector.

Representing the industry steering group, its independent chairman Oliver
Tattan said; “The ARCH approach enables us to shift from a reactive
episodic healthcare model to a more proactive model that connects
stakeholders across the spectrum – from the home to the acute care setting
– throughout the lifespan and puts the patient at the centre of the
process. In doing so, a Connected Health approach has the potential to
empower patients, clinicians and healthcare planners alike by means of
delivery of pertinent information at appropriate intervention points in the
care pathway.”

Speaking at the launch Gearóid Mooney, Research & Innovation Manager,
Enterprise Ireland, said: “Market-focused technology centres such as ARCH
are an effective model for ensuring that the application of State-funded
research in Ireland is closely coupled to industry needs.  Experience to
date has established that it can deliver real results for the companies,
the research community and ultimately accomplish the state’s objective of
investing in the commercialisation of research in sectors of strategic and
economic importance to Ireland.”

ENDS

For more information contact:

Grace Labanyi, Enterprise Ireland Press Office: 00353(0)873286404
grace.labanyi@enterprise-ireland.com

DJEI Press Office, (01) 631 2200 or press.office@djei.ie

Notes to the editor:

During the initial research phase of the Applied Research for Connected
Health (ARCH) Technology Centre (2013) the group focused on assessing and
treating patients for the condition of dementia.

Amongst the outputs of the initial pilot study on dementia were that ARCH;

i.   helped individuals with dementia lead fuller, authentic lives in the
home and their community,

ii.  developed and evaluated tools that allow carers manage stress,
physical strain and isolation as they care for loved ones,

iii. developed tools that allow clinicians monitor cognitive
function, symptomatic management and general wellness of
dementia-suffering patients and allow patient stratification in
respect of both therapeutic intervention and response and

iv.           developed tools that allow the carer(s) to be integrated into
the provision of medical          care to dementia sufferers.

Measures of success to date in the dementia pilot have included the
reduction in functional decline and other co-morbidities, decreased
hospital admissions and the use of other care facilities. In the case of
carers, improvements in measures of wellness and the ability to contribute
to social and economic life are especially important. In the case of
healthcare professionals, improved therapeutic interventions, earlier
diagnosis and decreased under and/or over medication are required outputs.
To find out more information about ARCH visit  /
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