Winner of the 2017 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards hosted by Medical Communications Ltd



The sector’s finest were out in force as the 2017 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards, hosted by Medical Communications Ltd, got underway.Now in its 18th year, the annual event is dedicated to celebrating those whose exceptional expertise and contribution to their profession have transformed the provision of healthcare for the better. This year the 300-strong crowd gathered in Belfast within the elegant setting of the Europa Hotel.Taking home the award for Most Innovative Use of an eHealth Solution for Patient Care and Safety was Professor Jim McLaughlin and the team at the Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Centre (NI CHIC).NI CHIC bridges the gap between health, academia, and commercial entities by attempting to identify unmet needs in healthcare and bring together the skills of the triple helix to meet these needs. The team created a mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting 12 common medical conditions. NI CHIC, Intelesens Ltd, CIGA Healthcare, and Randox have together developed this medical diagnostics platform – known as the XPRIZE Tricorder. It is designed to enable consumers to take part in their own healthcare, in which the user interacts with a user-friendly ‘Tricorder’ smartphone app.Speaking of the win, Professor Jim McLaughlin said: "The recognition by a panel of digital healthcare experts, is rightful acknowledgement that our research is making a real impact by improving the quality and safety of health and social care in ways that reduce delays in diagnostic decision-making, join up services and, above all, enhance the patient experience.”Stephen McComb, Manager of NI CHIC, added: "The Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Centre was delighted to win this very competitive award. The solution brought together some of the finest academics with fantastic commercial expertise to target unmet healthcare needs. The joining of skills from academia, business and clinicians seems to be a formula that will give NI a health and commercial advantage." Sean Donaghy, HSC Director of eHealth, was a judge in this category, and gave the audience an insight into how important modern technology has become in the healthcare arena. Fellow judges included Dr Sloan Harper, Director of Integrated Care, Health & Social Care Board, Fran Thompson, Programme Director for the Strategic eHealth Programme for the Office of the CIO, Health Service Executive and Dr Brid Farrell, Assistant Director of Service Development, Safety & Quality, Health & Social Care Board. Photo caption: Professior Jim McLaughlin with John Kelly of Intersystems and Sean Donaghy of HSCB