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Bursary for M.Sc in Mobile Apps for Authistic Children

The Institute of Technology, Tralee has announce details of its 2013 Postgraduate Bursary Programme. Graduates holding a relevant level 8 honours degree (H2:2 or higher) are invited to submit an application to be considered for entry to the Institute’s register of masters by research programmes. Successful applicants will be awarded a bursary of €12,000 (€6,000 per annum), and the Institute will cover all student fees, for a maximum period of two years. Postgraduate students are expected to…


Added by Peter Given on July 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Community college training schemes in Health IT in US, an evaluation of results

Training programmes for Health IT have been running for 4 years in the US under the HITECH act. These are short, specific courses which are non-degree in nature and are carried out in Community Colleges. The US government has invested $67m so far in the programme. An evaluation of the results shows most students to be min-career, mid 40's, with about 50% having a health background while the rest are converting to Health IT. Further details…


Added by Peter Given on May 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Dr Farzad Montashari discusses eHealth workforce training, Boston cow paths and MOOCs

As part of the discussions at eHealth week, Dr Farzad Montashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services shared some thoughts about workforce training in eHealth. The stimulus package in the US provided $117m for workforce programmes and an evaluation of the impact will be available soon. However Dr Montashari has some interesting points to make.

The funding was spent in a number of areas:

Curricula development for 5 eHealth roles with…


Added by Peter Given on May 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Dr Farzad Montashari discusses HITECH results at eHealth Week in Dublin

Dr Farazad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services gave us an update on the state of play of eHealth in the US. Like the rides in Disney, which stipulate you must be "this tall" to play, he proudly announced that after 4 years of implementation of the HITECH act, the US had grown a bit and was now ready to play.


Dr Montashari…


Added by Peter Given on May 21, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

eHealth week in Dublin - EU-US Health IT Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

I attended the EU-US Health IT Cooperative Assembly event during eHealth week 2013 in Dublin. There were some excellent presentations from Alex White from the Department of Health, Ireland, Karel de Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner, Dr Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health, Peter Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Health and Well-being, DG CNET, Enda Kenny, Taoiseach, Therese Murray, President of Massachhusetts Senate, Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US…


Added by Peter Given on May 21, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

eHealth Week 2013

eHealth Week will be held in Dublin from MAy 13-15 this year. It looks like a very exciting program, especially the mobile health symposium which is being hosted by HIMSS Europe. 

 “eHealth solutions are critical in the delivery of a world class health system and offer significant opportunities for stimulating economic growth” said Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health in Ireland."

Added by Peter Given on April 6, 2013 at 4:38am — No Comments

HISI Conference 2012 Papers available

The papers presented at the Health Informatics Society of Ireland Conference last November are now available here

Added by Peter Given on February 8, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Java Developers needed for Medical Company

Chase Resourcing are recruiting for a client in Munster. Their client is well on its way to becoming an international entity with plans to expand their services to mainland Europe. This is a superb opportunity to join a…


Added by Peter Given on December 5, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Health Informatics Job

Shimmer have advertised for a Senior Embedded Software Engineer to work on product development for their wearable sensor devices. See the links for more information.  

Added by Peter Given on August 30, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Scholarship for M.Sc in Assisted Living using sensor technologies

The Institute of Technology in Tralee is offering a very generous scholarship for an M.Sc by research which includes the following:

Fees Paid x 2 years - €5,000 per year
Stipend - €6,000 per year x 2 years
Travel - €1,000
Consumables - €1,000
The M.Sc will commence in September 2012 and will last for two years. It would be suited to a graduate of computer…

Added by Peter Given on May 3, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Health Informatics Society of Ireland Conference

I couldn't make the Health Informatics conference in November due to lecturing commitments but I had a look through the powerpoint slides for the conference presentations which can be accessed online here. There is a lot of very exciting Health Informatics research taking place in Ireland at the moment, despite the recession and the difficulties getting funding. Take a look for yourself …


Added by Peter Given on April 14, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

FREE places on Higher Diploma in Computing (Healthcare Software Stream)

Dundalk IT has announced 20 FREE places on the higher diploma in Science in Computing (Healthcare Software stream). This course is part of the Irish Government's ICT Skills scheme. It offers a one year conversion program for graduates of non-computing disciplines and focuses on specialist modules in…


Added by Peter Given on April 14, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Connected Health among 14 groups for funding of 500 million euro

The Irish Government steering group on research prioritisation has recommended 14 areas for a total funding of 500 million euro. One of the priority groups mentioned is "Connected Health and Independent Living". The following quote is taken from the document;

"This priority area is focused on technologies that facilitate remote delivery of…


Added by Peter Given on March 7, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Health Informatics Jobs in Ireland

There are a growing number of healthcare related companies in Ireland looking for IT staff. Here are a few links if you are interested. I will post any further links I am made aware of on this blog


WhatClinic uses a search engine to gather health related information that  make it easier for a patient to choose a clinic. They are looking for…


Added by Peter Given on August 4, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Blog Statistics

I thought it would be fun to summarise what I have been blogging about these last few months. Wordle can fast track through a blog and find the most common words. You can click the image below to get a larger view. However it doesn't pick up phrases like "Health Informatics" or "Electronic Healthcare Record"!



Added by Peter Given on May 20, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

ICTs role in Healthcare Transformation - one year on from a national report, what has been achieved?

A report entitled "ICTs role in Healthcare Transformation" which was commissioned by HISI was presented to the HISI conference in 2009. The recommendations from this report include; a modern IT-enabled healthcare system becomes a national priority for government, the HSE triple its ICT spend over the next 3 years from 0.75% to 2.25%, a unique health identifier and national EHR be… Continue

Added by Peter Given on November 27, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

The HL7 workshop at the Health Informatics Society of Ireland Conference 2010

I attended the first day of the HISI conference this year. There was a good attendance and quiet a buzz around the place. Day one usually consists of workshops, seminars and tutorials and I took the opportunity to refresh on some skills and to chat with some of the people in attendance.

I attended a workshop on HL7, sponsored by HIQA and presented by Dr Kai Heitmann. Dr… Continue

Added by Peter Given on November 24, 2010 at 12:16am — No Comments

Gait Analysis

Mike Walsh of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) invited me along to see a gait analysis session in Limerick over the summer. The CRC have a mobile gait analysis laboratory. I was interested to see if the Shimmer platform we have worked with in Tralee might have some application in gait analysis or if some other collaboration was possible. The CRC team use… Continue

Added by Peter Given on September 4, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Shimmer Research in IT Tralee

We had a visit toTralee by Kieran Daly (VP Business Development) and Florin Stroiescu (Principle Hardware Engineer) of Shimmer Research over the summer. They were on a tour of Irish institutions that were using Shimmer technologies and called to see us between visits to UL and CIT. They were impressed with the ways we have used Shimmer technology in Tralee. I showed them… Continue

Added by Peter Given on September 3, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

A National Strategy for Health Informatics Training

A HISI meeting was held in the Irish Computer Society buildings on June 23rd 2010 to discuss the needs for Health Informatics courses in Ireland. Present were Gerard Hurl (Chairman of HISI), Patrick Felle (UCD), Peter Given (ITT), Lucy Hedderman (TCD), Pamela Henry (DCU), Rosaleen Killalea (Mater Hospital), Thomas Kropmans (UCG), Micheal Lane (UL), Michael Schukat (UCG), Mary Sharp (TCD), Mary Cleary (ICS).

Gerard Hurl began by presenting some sildes from his presentation "Developing… Continue

Added by Peter Given on August 17, 2010 at 1:41am — No Comments

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