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The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation is expanding its research collaboration with IBM Research Ireland to drive exciting new healthcare innovations

22 May 2018

The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) – the research centre for Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery – is expanding its research collaboration with IBM Research Ireland. The expansion will see TCPHI researchers work with Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts from IBM Research Ireland to advance a programme of research focused on finding effective and innovative solutions for integrated care and self-management in healthcare.

The programme seeks to advance the understanding of applying AI to help interpret, in real-time, the vast volume of data and patterns captured from patients via smart and embedded medical devices. The analysis of such data, at scale, has the potential to transform clinical decision-making across the continuum of healthcare delivery.

Director of TCPHI, Dr Catherine McCabe, said: “TCPHI has been particularly successful in developing research collaborations with industry and this has culminated in this evolving research collaboration between the centre and IBM Research Ireland.”

“The use of data analytics and AI solutions will further help to ease the transitions in care, complex health systems and services. Studies show that to improve productivity among caregivers is to make it easier for them to capture and to share information, which allows them to focus on the priorities of care and clinical decision making. AI can help play a key role at identifying the right information and supporting this decision making.”

This exciting and timely co-operation between TCPHI and IBM Research Ireland will involve:

  • Collaborative funding applications and research projects in the field of digital health and integrated care
  • Collaborative publication of research and innovation in the field of digital health, AI and integrated care
  • Development of PhD and MSc research student opportunities in the field of digital health, including internships with IBM Research Ireland
  • Development of education programmes in digital health
  • Development of Adjunct Professor roles from IBM to TCPHI
  • Participation in international conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and other activities agreed by both parties
  • Exchange of academic materials and other information

The new collaboration follows on from a successful link-up in recent years between IBM Research Ireland and TCPHI on ProACT (Integrated Technology Systems for ProACTive Patient Centred Care) -- an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, which targets Europe’s 50 million multimorbid patients to proactively self-manage and offset the EU’s annual €700 billion cost of chronic disease management. ProACT aims to develop and evaluate an ecosystem to integrate a wide variety of new and existing technologies to improve and advance home-based integrated care for older adults with multimorbidity, including associated co-morbidities

Collaboration is critical to success in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, with unprecedented availability of health related data being produced in increasingly complex care systems. But what we do with that data? How do we effectively use it to innovate across and within health systems, with colleagues, and with service users to effectively improve the quality of healthcare? Research driven by the expanded collaboration should provide some answers to these pivotal questions.

Group Photo (left to right)
John Dinsmore, Health Innovation Lead /Deputy Director TCPHI
Prof Linda Doyle, Dean of Research, TCD
Dr Wendy Belloumini, Director of IBM Research Ireland
Dr Spyros Kotoulas: Manager of the Health and Person-Centered Systems Research Group, IBM Research Ireland
Prof Anne Marie Brady, Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery
Prof Catherine McCabe, Director of TCPHI
Dr John McKeon, CEO Allergy Standards Ltd and Entrepreneur in Residence (TCPHI)