How is technology revolutionizing healthcare in Ireland? We take a look at some of the 2022 innovations for Ireland.
Medical negligence cases in Ireland have seen a worrying increase in recent years as figures reveal that in the period 2019 to 2020 there were approximately 4,022 files open at any time.
As in many other sectors, many believe that the answer to improving health and medical care in Ireland lies in cutting-edge technology and in this article we will look at some of the new technologies that will transform health in Ireland into 2022.
Monitoring vital signs (heart rate, pulse, and respiratory rate) is an essential first defense in detecting possible medical problems. By monitoring these factors, healthcare professionals can provide prompt treatment to prevent a condition from getting worse.
Founded in Galway by David Toohey, SyncroPhi provides wireless patient monitoring services. This smart innovation allows patients, doctors and nurses to monitor vital signs of changes and issues remotely and is already proving to be a vital addition to the Irish healthcare network.
My OT and me
Occupational therapy interventions are resources designed to help young children develop essential motor skills such as hand strength, manipulation and endurance skills, which are needed to perform basic tasks.
A lack of these resources in Ireland led Jess Kennedy and Sean O Tuama to launch My OT & Me. ot and me is an online health technology platform filled with pediatric occupational therapy resources for children and youth.
The platform also provides lots of useful information, blogs and courses for parents.
Winner of the 2021 competition InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition, Gasgon Medical is the inventor of AirVault, a device that removes air bubbles from fluids in intravenous infusions. Launched in Cork by Vincent Forde, this device eliminates the need for nurses and medical staff to intervene to remove air bubbles that can lead to problems.
The device also allows for the administration of more precise doses of intravenous infusions, resulting in faster patient recovery. If left undetected, air bubbles in intravenous fluids can lead to air embolisms that block blood vessels and can lead to serious illness and, in some cases, death.
Ireland has made some serious inroads in health and medical-based wearables, with some notable companies. These include Dublin-based PacSana, which has developed wristbands that provide movement and activity data, as well as wearable thermometers and fingertip pulse oximeters.
Think Biosolution, founded by Dr. Shourjya Sanyal and Koushik Kumar – Think Biosolution creates wearable devices and private label software that harness the power of sensor technology to enable remote patient monitoring.
A 2021 report revealed that waiting times for x-ray examinations have increased by around 16% in Ireland in recent years, meaning that many patients are waiting an unacceptable length of time to receive a diagnosis.
Dublin-based health tech start-up xWave Technologies, led by CEO Mitchell O’Gorman, aims to change that. With €600,000 raised in pre-seed funding, xWave Technologies has developed xRefer, a smart healthcare platform that will allow doctors and clinicians to send referrals via computer or phone, as well as a search, to quickly determine the most appropriate test for a patient and to search for availability.
We’ve all heard jokes about many doctors’ illegible handwriting when issuing prescriptions and, joking aside, this can sometimes lead to errors that impact a patient’s health. MedDeus aims to eliminate this problem with its cloud-based ClearScribe system.
The system can be used by physicians and other healthcare professionals to generate error-free prescriptions at the point of care.
Venous leg ulcers are chronic, long-lasting sores that usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle. If left untreated, these ulcers can be painful and uncomfortable and can, in some cases, spread to other parts of the leg.
Galway start-up FeelTect has developed Tight Alright – a pressure sensing device which, when attached to a compression bandage, measures and monitors pressure. Created by Dr. Andrew Cameron and Darren Burke, Tight Alright will provide assistance to healthcare professionals in monitoring patients.
Many new mothers are forced to suffer in silence due to a lack of adequate postpartum care. A New Mum, developed by PPR Healthcare, has produced a range of over-the-counter products and information resources to help new mothers deal with infections and discomfort as well as postpartum depression after childbirth.
Health technology innovations help reduce patient wait times
In 2022, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are under more pressure than ever, as tight budgets and staffing shortages continue to create obstacles. While training and making the industry more attractive to talented medical workers remains a priority, technology is becoming increasingly essential to support hard-working employees.
Technologies such as wearable monitors work alongside healthcare professionals to provide more comprehensive care, while allowing patients to have much greater control over their own monitoring and treatment.
Likewise, new applications and platforms allow patients to better understand their condition and engage more effectively in their treatment.
As we move forward, new technological advances will almost certainly help close the gap between health services. Therefore, reducing wait times and more efficiently delivering vital services to patients