Government officials and healthcare professionals in Ireland are taking a look at the potential benefits of telemedicine and mHealth, says a new report published in the Irish Times.
The news of this expanded effort comes as calls for greater adoption of mHealth are increasing from inside the nation.
Ireland should move quickly to develop its mobile healthcare industry and make a name for the country in the sector, says Enterprise Ireland’s Robert Bushnell.
“We think it’s going to be a very big area in that healthcare costs are very high, not just in Ireland but in the whole western world and they’ve gone up a lot,” Bushnell explains. “On the other side the mobile tech has become much better, much more ubiquitous. It’s much more reliable than it used to be, more robust.”
“We’ve talked about mHealth for years,” he says, “but now it’s going to happen because of those two drivers.”
Enterprise Ireland sees the main opportunity for Ireland in the software side of the business, making products that look at particular diseases and can be rolled out worldwide.
“Ireland is strong in mobile technology. Certainly for our size we punch above our weight in that. We’ve got some very good companies. We have a cluster of connected companies as well,” Bushnell says.
Hitting the ground running, next week Enterprise Ireland will bring mobile companies and IT health firms together at a free seminar on the mHealth industry at the Science Gallery.