Director General of the HSE Launches IMSTA Conference

30.3.2015
Tony O'Brien
Director General of the HSE Launches IMSTA Conference
Director General of the HSE, Mr Tony O’Brien, this morning (25th) launched the Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association’s (IMSTA) Conference. The conference took place in the Crown Plaza near Santry.

“Events like today are important to help us transform from what I often reference as the industrial age healthcare to the information age healthcare expected of a modern health service”, said Mr O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien went on to explain that the healthcare system in Ireland and around the world is changing.

“eHealth is a critical enabler of new models of healthcare, population wellbeing and improving health service efficiencies. It is also an infrastructural investment in Ireland’s future, in health services delivery and in the economy as a whole. Ecosystems have economic benefits to the country – could add another 2% to 2.9% to GDP,” Mr O’Brien told IMSTA members.

IMSTA are Ireland’s largest medical and surgical Association. Over 200 members packed into the conference centre in the Crown Plaza to hear about the three main industry issues from nine different speakers. Development and evaluation of medical devices, what the future holds and procurement reform. This year IMSTA wanted to highlight how collaboration and a partnership approach from all the healthcare industries can bring about the best results for patients.

Justin Carty, Chief Executive of IMSTA, said, “Today’s conference was about placing the patient at the centre of the healthcare system. We want to help nurture and develop advancements that will not only improve the treatment patients receive, but also do it with a better economic framework around the treatment.

There was a strong link with the HSE at the conference this morning with a session running parallel called ,”Meet the buyer”. This involved senior procurement professionals from the HSE engaging with industry suppliers. This is the only event in the country that provides that sort of interaction.

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