“Another excellent IMSTA conference this week. I found it very useful . .”

Mark McIntyre (Boston Scientific) seated with Speakers

The IMSTA Annual MedTech Conference held on 6th April in the Crowne Plaza in Santry is one of only two flagship events that the medical supply industry puts on every year.  The event presents an opportunity to have industry issues publicly debated by recognised experts.  The participation of senior figures from the Irish health system and international thought leaders is testament to the high regard afforded to IMSTA events.

It was very encouraging to notice at this year’s event that the language has changed. Senior government officials and Chief Executives of our hospital groups are now talking of partnering with industry, consulting with industry, working together in an effort to deliver value-based healthcare. Even with the unfortunate last minute cancellation of the excellent Dr Rhona Mahony, we managed a programme that was interesting and relevant to delegates.

Many senior figures from government and it’s agencies attended and the feedback so far has been excellent. Commendations like “IMSTA conferences are always excellent”,  “A very good meeting and great speakers with lots of food for thought” and “another excellent IMSTA conference this week. I found it very useful . . “  are typical of the responses we receive, and they are not from members.

Jim Breslin (Dept. of Health) at podiumFinally, it is noteworthy that the Secretary General at the Dept. of Health, Jim Breslin, took the time to share the strategy and perspective of the department with us, he hasn’t gone to such lengths at other similar events. It must be good for members to hear what government’s thinking is, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Note that all the presentations are available below.

Mind Maps of the presentations areavailable at:  MIND MAPS 2016.

OPENING ADDRESS – Jim Breslin, Department of Health

VALUE-BASED HEALTHCARE, A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR SMARTER PROCUREMENT – Gotz Gerecke, The Boston Consulting Group AG

eHEALTH A CRITICAL ENABLER, Richard Corbridge, HSE (short version)

PRIORITISING VALUE IN A MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY – Ms. Eilish Hardiman, Children’s Hospital Group

ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN DELIVERING HEALTHCARE – NO PLAN, NO MONEY, NO VISION – Prof. Barry McMahon, Tallaght Hospital and TCD

SBIR, GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, GOOD FOR PATIENTS – David Connell, SBRI Management Board