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Better outcomes, lower costs, healthier people: the power of digital transformation


Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 09:00 - 14:30


The Royal Irish Academy 19 Dawson Street D02 HH58 Dublin 2


Free online event booking essential

A Royal Irish Academy- Health Services Executive Digital Transformation Unit workshop

Digital transformations in the health service have the potential to deliver a significant step change in the delivery of people-centred health care delivery, supporting individual wellness and improved access to services.  
In October 2022, the Irish Digital Health Leadership Steering Group proposed a set of principles/guidelines to inform the digital transformation of global health services to the UN Science Summit and will return in March 2023 to explore the potential for a global pilot of the same. 

This workshop provides senior civil service, health leaders and patient advocates in Ireland with the opportunity to shape the further development of these principles with a particular focus on identifying the necessary technological, legislative, fiscal and other actions required to deliver this step change in health care for Irish and global citizens.
Speakers will include 

  • Martin Curley MRIA, Director Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Services Executive
  • Dr Michael Harty, former Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health
  • Professor Linda Newnes, Professor of Cost Engineering, University of Bath


08.45 Registration

09.00 Welcome: Brian Norton, Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Royal Irish Academy

09.10 Session 1: Digital transformation—Ireland. Chair: Dr Michael Harty

  • Ireland’s digital health transformation: Shift Left, Stay Left 10x, Martin Curley, MRIA, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive
  • Health 2050 and the path to AI excellence, Mr John Shaw, Legato Health Technologies
  • Implementing digital health safely, Ms Liz Ashall-Payne, Orcha
  • Digital health: case study, Dr Michael Cullinan, Akara Robotics
  • Understanding the economics of digital health transformation, Dr Charles Larkin and Dr Aída García-Lázaro, University of Bath

10.45 Session 2: Perspectives. Chair: Professor Nick Pearce, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

  • Lessons from Estonia’s experiences in deploying digital health solutions, Mr Tobias Johannes Koch, consultant on digital public services
  • Lessons from New Zealand: experiences in deploying digital health solutions in Canterbury, Ms Carolyn Gullery, Lightfoot Solutions

11.30 Break

11.45 Session 2 reconvenes

  • Lessons from the UK: digitalisation and change, Professor Linda Newnes, University of Bath
  • The patient perspective, Ms Averil Power, Irish Cancer Societ
  • Lessons from the UK: achieving the effective implementation of digital in an all-of-government approach, Mr Paul Maltby, Faculty

13.1 Launch: Manhattan Manifesto

13.10 Interactive workshop. Chair: Dr Charles Larkin, University of Bath

14.10 Closing: Dr Charles Larkin, University of Bath

14.15 Lunch

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