New needs-led Digital Health Innovation Programme launched for Ireland’s health technology sectors 

August 30, 2023

Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association, BioPhamraChem Ireland and Connected Health Skillnet together, with dConnect and Angles Consulting today launched a new Digital Health Innovation Programme.

The programme provides tailored, needs-led innovation training for employees and intrapreneurs in Ireland’s health technology sector.

The participants will work in multidisciplinary teams on company projects and strategic focus areas throughout the programme. The course is designed specifically for R&D, commercial, clinical, regulatory, legal, finance, and operations staff from the medtech, pharma, biopharma, technology, and other aligned sectors.

On completion of the course, the participants will be aware of the tools and approaches necessary for innovating healthcare and digital health solutions. They will also learn how to develop and refine a business proposition, and how best to position it for a funding pitch.

Jennifer McCormack, Network Manager, Connected Health Skillnet, said: “The Connected Health Skillnet aims to enhance Ireland’s worldclass capability by delivering niche training to the sectors developing and deploying digital health solutions. Our recently published skills needs report, ‘Where Digital Health Thrives: Future Skills Needs’, showed that health technology companies in Ireland clearly see the potential for growth through digital health, with 87% of companies surveyed as part of that research planning to increase their digital health activity and investment over the next four years. This programme, developed by Connected Health Skillnet in partnership with dConnect, Angles Consulting and Ibec, will support this growth by embedding the mindset and methodology of needs-led innovation across organisations, in particular around digital health and connected devices, to support increased innovation capability and new product development in the sector. The programme has been tailored to industry needs to ensure participants can apply the skills and knowledge learned in real-world company projects.”

Ibec Head of Sectors, Dr Sinead Keogh, said: “The digitalisation of healthcare has the potential to fundamentally alter how we diagnose, treat and care for people. Ireland is well placed to establish itself as a leader in the digital health sector which is projected to be worth in excess of $1.5 trillion by 2030. The medtech, digital health, and biopharma sectors in Ireland stand out already as major investors with over 700 companies operating here, employing 100,000 people directly, and making a global impact with exports in excess of €120 billion. Our dedication to improving lives has seen the sector here motivated to place a particular emphasis on R&D, which is identified as a key area of upskilling for the Irish digital health sector. That new Digital Health Innovation Programme marks an important milestone in delivering the skills required by this exciting new industry sector”.

Carl Power, Director Programmes & Business Development, dConnect said: “We are delighted to partner with colleagues in Connected Health Skillnet, Angles Consulting, Skillnet Ireland and Ibec to deliver this much needed programme in needs-led innovation. Participants will learn and apply the process of investigating and identifying unmet needs, prioritising those needs, identifying potential solutions, assessing commercial potential and developing business cases for stakeholder and funding approval. It is an example of how dConnect works with industry providing exposure to leading-edge innovation and collaboration that ensures our partners grow and remain competitive.”

Aoife O’Sullivan, Skillnet Ireland Head of Network Development & Innovation, said: “Ireland has a well-established reputation as a world leader in the health innovation and IT sectors. In partnership with industry, Skillnet Ireland offers demand-led upskilling programmes that are innovative and flexible, to enhance the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the Irish economy. The launch of this new needs-led Digital Health Innovation Programme from Connected Health Skillnet, in partnership with dConnect and Angles Consulting, is significant for the health technology sectors in Ireland. It demonstrates the power of industry and academia collaborations in meeting the fast-moving technological trends of companies in this dynamic space. This programme will support the growth of the sector and further enhance Ireland’s potential as a global leader in digital health.”


To find out more about the Skillnet and the Digital Health Innovation Programme click here

To find out more about Ibec’s Where Digital Health Thrives campaign click here.


About Connected Health Skillnet

Connected Health Skillnet is an enterprise-led, learning and development network established specifically to address skills development in digital health. The network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs of members and can deliver training at a time and pace to suit business needs and shift patterns. Since its establishment in 2017, the Connected Health Skillnet as engaged with over 200 companies to upskill 1000+ trainees in critical areas such as medical software regulations and quality assurance, cybersecurity, and leadership development.

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About Skillnet Ireland


Skillnet Ireland the national talent development agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led talent development. Skillnet Ireland partners with 57 industry bodies, supporting over 24,700 businesses and more than 92,400 trainees annually, through its 70 Skillnet Business Networks across most sectors and all regions in Ireland.

Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

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About Ibec Digital Health

The Ibec Digital Health Working Group’s vision is to enable Ireland to become a recognised global hub for digital health, where companies can develop and commercialise products, as well as attract projects and investments. To drive this Ibec has brought together the Irish Medtech Association, Technology Ireland and BioPharmaChem Ireland for a special cross-sectoral campaign. Our aim is to drive cross-sectoral engagement, and increase awareness of Ireland as a place ‘Where Digital Health Thrives’ to ensure we have the right business policies and conditions to grow the digital heath sector here. For more information please visit the website: here