Health founders on the front line of digital health

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RCPI:bECOMING A FREE RADICAL

January 15th 2015

Our Johnny Walker has been busy, attending a number of events on the last 2 months:

- Health IT Conference for 2016 |#HIMSS16: Johnny interacted with the people that are on the edge of Digital Health Care, and got to see that best of what is to come first hand! Check his twitter account for the best pictures, @JohnnyHF1 ;
- 2016 Entrepreneur Experience |@CorkBIC: 24hours, 24 enterprise; Johnny was there for Health Founders and his Keynote Speech wasn't for the faint of heart! Listen to him sharing this experience on Newstalk FM:
- Next on the list: Health 2.0 Europe 2016 in sunny Barcelona! Follow us on twitter @healthfounders and don't miss anything!
 
 

 

Today we visited the Royal College of Physicians where Johnny talked about innovating for change. The energetic session, attended by healthcare professionals from around Ireland, was part of a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare in partnership with the HSE. It's through discussions and debates like this that we can truly find the pain points of our healthcare ecosystem.


future health launch

January 8th 2015

It was an early morning start today in EY for the launch of the NDRC & UCD health sciences pre-accelerator programme. The aim of the programme is to impact, disrupt and solve the global healthcare challenges that exist today.

David Kavanagh chairing the panel discussion

David Kavanagh chairing the panel discussion

The launch involved a panel discussion from leaders in the healthcare space, including Ken Cahill (SilverCloud Health), John O'Dea (Crospon), Leonora O'Brien (Pharmapod) and Andrew Murphy (Sláinte Healthcare).

The discussion discussed how the patient needs to be at the centre of the spiders web and stressed the importance of knowing how to communicate with the patient.

Leonora spoke how transparency is important when working in the healthcare business. Ken Cahill followed up that "Along every step of the journey we must keep an open mind to regulators".

All of the panelists agreed that the only way to make real change to healthcare is through collaboration and partnerships.

We're looking forward to seeing what successes will come out of this brilliant initiative!


dotMED: The creative Medical conference

December 5th 2014

In a celebration of the future & heart of medicine, Dr. Ronan Kavanagh and Dr. Muiris Houston hosted a creative medical conference like-no-other. An opening remark has stuck with me since hearing it:

"Illness is what you have on the way to the doctor, disease is what you have on the way home"

Smock Alley

The morning session consisted of talks and a panel discussion about increasing and embracing the narrative with patients in medicine. Dr Marc Triola spoke about using the 5A's (analytical, access, adaptivity, assessment & agility) to help educate his medical students.

Before we left for lunch, 4 startups presented their ideas for improving healthcare and patient outcomes. They consisted of TickerFit, Medical Exam Tutor, GoodSAM, and MedXNote.

Avril Copeland presenting TickerFit - a novel cloud-based application for health care professionals

Avril Copeland presenting TickerFit - a novel cloud-based application for health care professionals

The latter half of the day embraced the creative side in a way I had not experienced before. It was broken up into three segments; art, poetry and music.

  • Art - Emma Barnard & Dr Jonathan Tomlinson showed us, through images, a different perspective of a patient's journey through the healthcare system.
  • Poetry - Thomas Lynch, an undertaker and poet from Michigan, spoke about his many experiences with death and the multitude of ways we approach it. Kevin Barry next spoke about his various encounters and experiences with being a writer in the changing digital landscape.
  • Music - Sam Jackson led a musical interlude, and although not related to medicine, it had a fully attentive audience - glued to every beat & note played. Dr Zubin Damania (more commonly known as ZDoggMD), an entrepreneurial-physician from Las Vegas closed the conference with yet another approach to medicine - rapping.

It's difficult to convey the experience of dotMED, but it really is a unique experience which is akin to a breath of fresh air.


Connected Health & Me: The Patient Perspective

November 24th 2014

Dublin Castle was the venue yet again for a one day conference focussed on creating a patient-centred perspective on connected health and how to provide them with digital tools to educate and empower them. IPPOSI and INSIGHT were the hosts of this event which consisted of health hacks, video conference calls from America and in depth panel discussions with health care leaders from across Europe.

The Move 4 Parkinson's choir sang two songs on the stage

The Move 4 Parkinson's choir sang two songs on the stage

The minister for health, Leo Varadkar, spoke about the need for a more substantial health IT infrastructure here in Ireland. He announced that the budget for its implementation will increase by 30%.

Dave deBronkart (more commonly known as ePatient Dave) video called the conference and recounted his experience with stage 4 cancer. He explained if it was not for online patient forums, he would not be alive today.

Panel discussion hosted by Aine Lawlor on current challenges with connected health. [(L-R) Dr Shane McKee, Pr Seamus Donnelly, Pr Fionnuala McAuliffe, Dr Dermot Power]

Panel discussion hosted by Aine Lawlor on current challenges with connected health. [(L-R) Dr Shane McKee, Pr Seamus Donnelly, Pr Fionnuala McAuliffe, Dr Dermot Power]


The GET Health Summit

November 13th & 14th 2014

Dublin Castle accommodated the Global Education & Technology Health Summit this week. Hosted by iHeed and the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), the event focussed on how we can leverage healthcare ecosystems and information technology to bridge the health-workforce 'gap'.

The two days consisted of plenaries and breakout workshops with topics ranging from mHealth tools to mobile money.

Gender eMpowerment workshop: The Role of Women in Frontline Health Worker Training

Gender eMpowerment workshop: The Role of Women in Frontline Health Worker Training

In the Gender eMpowerment session, we were fortunate enough to hear Coumba Toure Skype in and tell us about how the Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) strive to empower women through their Zero Mothers Die initiative.

We at Health Founders are delighted to have been an event partner supporting such great initiatives happening in communities globally!


The Web Summit

November 4th-6th 2014

This week we attended the Web Summit in Dublin's RDS. With over 22,000 tech enthusiasts attending, this event has become an important mark on the calendar for many start-ups not just in Ireland, but globally.

Having read that just over 50 mhealth startups were attending, we wanted to see the latest and greatest of the digital health world.

The Internet of Things and Humans (IOTH) became the topic of much discussion over the few days. The underlying challenge always came back to the issue of big data.

The summit also gave us a chance to hear insights from key opinion leaders like Peter Thiel and Tim O'Reilly.

PeterThiel

Google For Entrepreneurs Day

October 21st 2014

Today we were invited along to Google for Entrepreneur's Day, a one-day summit looking to help to further develop the Irish startup community.

We heard insights from entrepreneurs and Irish startups about scaling and fuelling your ambition.

Rhona Togher from Restored Hearing spoke about how her Young Scientist project turned in to a viable venture.

Google For Entrepreneurs

Life Sciences Summit

October 15th 2014

The Gibson hotel hosted the 3rd Annual Life Sciences Summit on Wednesday. Dr Johnny Walker spoke about innovation for smart ageing and how to capitalise on the power of big data for healthcare.

Panelists (L-R): Dr Mark Wolff, Judith Moffat, Prof. Brian Caulfield, Dr. Darrin Morrissey, and Dr. Johnny Walker

Panelists (L-R): Dr Mark Wolff, Judith Moffat, Prof. Brian Caulfield, Dr. Darrin Morrissey, and Dr. Johnny Walker


AIB Start-up Academy Night

October 9th 2014

Our own Dr. Johnny Walker spoke at the AIB Start-up Academy night in 4 Dame Lane. Johnny talked about the importance of being honest and 'naked' in front of your customer.

The night, hosted by Gary Quinn, also featured talks from Jacquie Marsh (The Butler's Pantry), Dave McGeady (Wyldsson Elite Nutrition) and Niamh McHugh (Spruced).


PMI Breakfast Seminar

September 25th 2014

Today we attended a breakfast seminar hosted by the Pharmaceutical Managers' Institute (PMI). The topic of choice was "Digital Marketing - It isn't virtual - It's Real". Dr. Johnny Walker spoke about using the power of digital platforms to move healthcare to the community. Graham Nolan from CKSK, a creative digital agency, also spoke about his experience of using digital-means to reach new audiences.


Innovation in Health Night

September 3rd 2014

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland hosted an evening focussed on improving the quality of healthcare delivery. The event featured a range of speakers introducing their approach to disrupting healthcare.