NI aims to nurture health technologies

Leading healthcare firms from the US and Europe could test their latest technology in Northern Ireland as Health Minister Edwin Poots meets representatives from the industry in Boston.

Mr Poots said Northern Ireland’s healthcare system offers a perfect platform for firms to test-run new innovations.

He said that the plans would benefit the public, who would receive a cutting-edge service, as well as the companies themselves.

The trip to the US will last four days and Mr Poots hopes the meetings will result in enhanced service provision in Northern Ireland, with more care given in people’s homes rather than in hospitals.

Innovations in technology are a crucial part of the minister’s intended reforms.

Northern Ireland has recently introduced telemonitoring equipment that patients can use to record their health and send the information directly to healthcare professionals.

In addition to attending the eHealth Marketplace event in Boston, Mr Poots will co-chair a gathering at Massachusetts State House in the hope of fostering connections between Northern Ireland and business leaders from both continents.