MATER Private Cork and Tyndall National Institute have teamed-up to bring together the clinical and academic communities in Munster to discuss advancements in technology to meet the needs of the population, clients, customers and above all, patients.
GPs and professionals from the health, education and technology sectors attended an information event at the Mater Private Cork Orthopaedic and Spine Centre at Citygate, Mahon, Cork.
Solutions for the patients of tomorrow often come from such meetings because the problem statements elaborated by the clinicians inform the researchers which solutions are needed in the future.
Dr Dominic Hegarty, Consultant in Pain Management & Neuromodulation at Mater Private Cork, said: “We need to understand that medicine is going forward. We need to adapt to be ahead of the curve and that’s why such a collaboration with Tyndall is necessary. It’s important to reassure the GPs that when they forward patients to our care that we can deliver the best that’s available to patients – the best technology, the best clinical skills. They know that when they are coming through the front door that they are going to be managed properly with top class clinicians, surgeons, technical support mechanisms. It really makes a big difference and that’s the quality that we want to deliver in the Mater Private Cork in conjunction with Tyndall, University College Cork and the whole environment.”
The researchers at Tyndall are attempting to transform healthtech in the continuum of care going from early diagnosis to early rehabilitation and treatment. However, one of the challenges is to identify problem statements with clinical utility and commercial opportunity.
Dr Paul Galvin, Head of the ICT for Health Programmes and Head of the Life Sciences Interface Group at Tyndall National Institute, said: “30% of the activity undertaken by the 500 research and support staff at Tyndall is related to Healthtech. This event allows us to hear directly from leading clinicians in a variety of specialities and liaise with them and industry across the spectrum. We can then build an ecosystem, which is essentially combining all the different stakeholders from leading tech companies in Ireland.”
Other speakers at the information event included Professor James Harty, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mater Private Cork and Professor Mícheál Ó Riordáin, Consultant Gastroenterologist and General Surgeon at Mater Private Cork.
For more information, contact Avril Coleman, GP Liaison, Mater Private Cork at Avril.Coleman@materprivate.ie.