March Tech Talk “Grand Challenges for LifeScience and Healthcare”: exploring opportunities for the IT industry

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We are delighted to invite you to attend our March Tech Talk which takes place on 05 March in the Kingsley Hotel Cork.

Good health is precious-  the way we maintain and manage health today is changing rapidly. A major driver of this changing landscape is consumerisation and digitization of healthcare-   Patient empowerment, data ownership and sharing, AI, genetics, machine learning, improved processes, sensors and connected health are rapidly changing how we develop healthcare solutions and the way we deliver them. IT plays a critical role in driving this change. This IT@Cork session brings together speakers from all aspects of the healthtech sector to discuss and explore current and future opportunities.


The event will focus on People, Process, Technology, and Data in the  health ecosystem

People: Who are the stakeholders and what do they care about?

Process: Identifying opportunities for process improvement

Technology: Existing and Emerging technologies – what are the big innovations in healthcare. Examples: AI, Cloud, IoT, Blockchain.

Data: Quality, integration, governance and ethics, education.


This event is kindly sponsored by Stryker and Westbourne IT Global Services 

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Dr Tanya Mulcahy

National Manager, Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Tanya is National Manager of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI). In this role she is responsible for leading the national operations and strategic development of HIHI. Her key priority is to ensure that the objectives of HIHI; supporting companies as they navigate the healthcare system, supporting healthcare innovators to assess and develop their ideas and delivering education programmes to encourage innovation; are achieved. Tanya has been with HIHI since it started in 2012 as a pilot in UCC. Today HIHI is a national entity with locations across 4 academic locations, linked to 3 hospital groups. HIHI to date has engaged with more than 200 companies and has provided guidance on more than 75 ideas generated by healthcare staff.

Dave Shanahan

President Partnerships HealthBeacon

Dave is President Partnerships HealthBeacon and a Life Science and Business graduate. Experienced senior leader in Multinational Operations. Life Science veteran with track record building significant operating companies in healthcare and medicine. Proven team leader with strong strategic capabilities and focus on results. Diverse operational experience in large and small businesses. CEO/Founder of several Life Science companies. Government appointee to national institutions of importance. Global citizen with international work experience and significant governance experience as Chairman, Executive and Non-Executive Director of international boards.

Anne Sloane

IS Senior Director, Stryker Global Supply

Anne is IS Senior Director, Stryker Global Supply. Responsible for Information Services for Global Manufacturing footprint in the MedTech sector.
Experience in IT Leadership, ERP Strategy & Implementation, Global MES Strategy and Implementation, Business Intelligence, Solution Design, Development & Deployment, IT Regulatory Compliance.
Significant experience in multiple industries including Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Semiconductor Manufacturing as well as commercial experience in the Information Technology Sector.

Philip Mitchell

Service Transition Manager at Westbourne I.T. Global Services

Philip is currently Service Transition Manager with Westbourne IT Global Services in Cork. He is focused on supporting the company’s IT Service Desk contract with a Global pharmaceutical company which supports the client’s operations globally 24/7. Philip’s role is to manage the integration of the Service Desk function with all client led IT projects and changes. Philip has over 30 years’ experience in the life sciences industry working with medical device and pharma companies in Europe, USA, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. This experience has been on large scale IT projects and has also encompassed business process, lean techniques, six sigma tools and functional management in the Quality/Regulatory function.

Dr. Ciara Heavin

Senior Lecturer in Business Information Systems at UCC

Ciara is Senior Lecturer in Business Information Systems at UCC. Ciara’s research focuses on opportunities for using information systems (IS) in the global healthcare ecosystem and in digital transformation. As Co-Director of the Health Information Systems Research Centre (HIRSC), Dr. Heavin has directed funded research in the investigation, development, and implementation of innovative technology solutions in the health/healthcare domain. She has published articles in several top international IS journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Heavin has coauthored two books with Daniel J. Power: Decision Support, Analytics, and Business Intelligence and Data-Based Decision Making and Digital Transformation. She earned a PhD from University College Cork.

Andrew Lynch

Chief Innovation Officer, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)

Andrew is the Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research, an independent Industry-led RTO in the Irish State. Andrew is a founding Director of the EUREKA SMART Manufacturing Instrument, Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, a member of the IMR I4 Steering Committee and a national delegate to the European ManuFuture High Level Group (HLG). A member of the ECSEL LIASE Committee, Andrew is also a national industrial coordinator and a recognized manufacturing expert within Irish Commercialization funding programs and across a number of EU platforms. For 20 years prior to his current role, Andrew worked in manufacturing companies, across nearly all sectors; as a senior executive, owner manager and business consultant. In his current role Andrew has specialized in the development of large nationally funded industrial research projects, engaging multinational corporations and indigenous companies in the areas of advanced manufacturing (e.g. I4.0) and industrial energy efficiency (programs which now include 33 multinationals and over 120 SME partners).
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