IMSTA MEDTECH AWARDS 2015

Joe Brolly and Mark Pollock Help Recognise and Inspire the Med Tech Industry, at Awards Night.

Joe Brolly was this year’s master of ceremony at the IMSTA MedTech Awards, held in Croke Park on Thursday evening. Guest speaker on the night was Northern Ireland adventurer Mark Pollock. However the big prize on the night went to Dr David Hickey. When accepting his award Dr Hickey gave a special mention to Joe Brolly and thanked all those who have helped him through the years:

Joe has been a significant contributor to the transplant effort over the last four or five years. I’m very honoured to accept this award but I must emphasise I’m accepting it as a member of a team. The transplantation of a kidney involves almost 100 people, from the supremely heroic donor family, to the Gardai, Air Core and all the nursing staff, Doctors, porters that make a transplant possible.” 

Mark Pollock spoke about how medical technology has helped him live a full life after he became blind and paralyzed. He also explained how he has been trying to develop new medical technology so he might walk again:

“At this point in history there has been no cure for paralysis, we as a human race have failed to find a cure for spinal cord injury. But of course history is filled with the accounts of the impossible being made possible through human endeavour. I figured there must be explorers out there working on the fringes of medical science. Trying to change this impossible of medical paralysis into a possible.” 

Once both men spoke the awards were handed out my IMSTA Chairman Mark McIntyre. Winners on the night included McKesson QICS, The HSE, Mater Hospital, Wassenburg, Rotunda Hospital, Accuscience, Smith & Nephew, Beaumont Hospital, Roche NTproBNPassay and Most Innovative Produce Winner –  Intersurgical. 

CEO of IMSTA Justin Carty said, “The awards are designed to recognise the contribution innovation and innovative companies make in health care delivery. This is our fourth year and the event keeps growing / getting better. The fact two men as inspirational and influential as Joe Brolly and Mark Pollock attended shows the industry is effective and giving benefits to those who need help.” 

Mark Pollock’s fundraiser Run in the Dark is taking place this November in cities across the world, including Dublin and Belfast. The money will go towards raising funds for spinal cord injuries. A link to the website is below. You can also follow all of IMSTA’s upcoming events on Twitter or go straight to their website.

www.runinthedark.org/dublin/

www.imsta.ie/

https://twitter.com/IMSTA_IRL?lang=en

MED TECH AWARD WINNERS  2015

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sponsored by PROSPECTUS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS

David Hickey is a former Gaelic footballer and current selector for Dublin, now a doctor and the current Director of Transplantation in Ireland.  Hickey was awarded two all-stars for Dublin in 1974 and 1976. He won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship with Dublin on three occasions in 1974, 1976 and again in 1977. David has won two National football league medals with Dublin in 1976 and 1978.  Hickey is a retired consultant urologist and transplant surgeon, based at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT Sponsored by ENTERPRISE IRELAND.

INTERSURGICAL – i-gel – Second Generation supraglottic airway device.   i-gel is a truly unique second generation supraglottic airway with a soft, gel like, non-inflatable cuff.   A second generation airway is described as a device that incorporates specific design features to improve patient safety by protecting against regurgitation and aspiration.

BEST IMPROVEMENT IN PATIENT SAFETY Sponsored by CHUBB INSURANCE

McKesson QICS -& HSE National Radiology Quality Improvement Programme.   The central aim of the programme is to ensure enhanced patient care and patient safety with timely, accurate and complete radiology diagnoses and reports.  It is a fully national system. Every hospital in the country will partake in it, which will deliver a great improvement in patient safety. It is a game changer in terms of the Irish care system; once fully live in 2016 Ireland will be the only country in the world to have a national quality programme for Radiology.

MOST COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCT/SERVICE Sponsored by UCC/HEALTH INNOVATION HUB.  

Community Audiology Services – Adult Integrated Audiology Service – Mater Hospital. Improves the Care Pathway for Adults requiring Hearing Aid Management.   Benefits include greatly reduced waiting times from diagnosis to intervention from +12 months to 6 weeks – and no replication of hearing tests.  The improved pathway and corresponding efficiency reduce workload resulting in a much more efficient service for the Mater Hospital Patients.

CLINICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD  Sponsored by BEAI

Wassenburg – Training to Endoscope Reprocessing Unit Users and Technicians.  The Wassenburg Ireland Periodic Testing of an Endoscope Washer Disinfector and Drying & Storage Cabinet training programme is designed to deliver the theory in relation to effective decontamination / reprocessing of flexible endoscopes whilst ensuring a practical based session is provided to give users the opportunity to perform hands on testing requirements to the level required.

 

HEALTHCARE INNOVATION AWARD Sponsored by Health Research Board

Rotunda Hospital Thrombosis Committee, THROMBOCALC.   Universal postnatal risk assessment for venous thromboembolism using the novel electronic scoring tool “THROMBOCALC“.A novel electronic risk assessment tool that facilitates improved compliance with assessing risk of potentially fatal blood clots in women following delivery.

BEST TECHNICAL SERVICE SUPPORT COMPANY Sponsored by ARVATO. 

ACCUSCIENCE  – a PHARMED Co. – Technical Services Department.  Accuscience offers a complete technical service and calibration function to support the medical and scientific division of the Pharmed Group. This includes installation, training, commissioning, validation and after sales support. The company provides 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and 365-days-a-year support to customers throughout Ireland.

EDUCATION and TRAINING USER PROGRAMME AWARD Sponsored by RCSI.

Smith &Nephew – GWA Global Wound Academy.  An educational resource dedicated to the training, knowledge and progress of medical professionals and their patients. The GWA educates Healthcare Professionals on all aspects of Woundcare and also addresses the main Chronic wound groups such as Pressure Ulcers, Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Venous Leg Ulcers.   The GWA provides a great opportunity for professional development with access to in-depth quality education in wound management at a local level without the prohibitive barriers of cost and travel.

eHEALTH AWARD, Sponsored by HISI / ICS.

Patient Buddy Transplant Ap. – Beaumont Hospital  Patient Buddy is a patient self-management platform for Kidney Transplant patients to take control of their condition. The solution is empowering Kidney Transplant patients through a smartphone application with home monitoring and diagnostics, helping them to improve the lifespan of their Transplant and giving their transplant care team additional data to improve their care.

BEST PRIMARY CARE / COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Sponsored by Mangan O’Beirne Solicitors.

Roche NTproBNPassay.  Briefly, Heart Failure Prevention through use of NTproBNP guided therapy – STOP HF Mid-Lands Programme.  The STOP-HF Midlands project is a screening programme utilizing NT-proBNP and collaborative care to detect left ventricular dysfunction in an asymptomatic diabetic cohort.