Skillnets are launching a newly established cross-sectoral Skillnet combining medtech, biopharma and ICT in the connected health called the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Skillnet.
The launch will take place tomorrow Friday, 3 March, 09:00 – 11:00 in Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 2 with a special address from Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD.
The network will contribute to the growth and competitiveness of enterprise through the supply of specific skills and future skills to participating companies. This comes at a time when the pace of change in healthcare is accelerating. We are increasingly seeing the lines blurring between healthcare providers, medical device companies and pharmaceuticals as the delivery of healthcare becomes about so much more than just delivering a pill to a patient. The future of medicine is about connected healthcare, personalised medicine and focused delivery. There is a change in the industry focus from delivery of an active ingredient/device to a patient to one of understanding overall health outcomes for an individual and for the overall patient population which should lead to better outcomes and longer healthier lives for all of us!.
Dr. Áine Fox, Senior Executive, Irish Medtech Association and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Skillnet quoted this morning: “The IoMT Skillnet will address the skills needs arising from the convergence of medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, information technology and software within the new field of connected health. Revolutionary changes in the commercial model used by healthcare systems globally through the move to value-based healthcare – means Ireland needs to develop a world class medtech hub to maximise emerging job opportunities. For this to happen the right skills are critical. We need to build skills in the areas of medical software, software validation, cyber security, interoperability engineering and connected health leadership to keep pace with this change. The IoMT Skillnet will facilitate companies within the sector, including SMEs, to address these current and future skills needs.”
As a member of BPCI, LSC are delighted to see this network established. It is vital that Ireland is at the forefront of healthcare trends and technology innovations to ensure a sustainable future for the sector and we would encourage industry to support this new Skillnet!