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ARCH Newsletter 

September 2015

Welcome to the September ARCH newsletter. It was a busy summer at ARCH with our industry-driven Core research projects getting underway and new staff coming on board to facilitate our programme of research.

This newsletter highlights the next call for the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme, which opens for 2 weeks on 9th September. We take this opportunity to share some positive feedback from companies we have recently collaborated with through this scheme to illustrate the impact of our work and to highlight the benefits of teaming up with us.

We continue to proactively engage and collaborate with our Industry Members to identify and address their research needs, and facilitate translation of these results into tangible commercial outputs. We are 'open for business' and look forward to working with new and existing Industry Members to achieve this goal.
Enterprise Ireland – Innovation Voucher Scheme – Opens 9th Sept 
Worth €5,000, this scheme could help your company explore a business or technology idea.The next available opportunity to apply for a Standard Innovation Voucher is just around the corner on Wednesday 9th September. The call will be open for 2 weeks only. If your company is considering applying to this scheme and is interested in finding out how ARCH can help you explore your business idea, please get in touch!

"The outputs of this research have been used to advise and inform a larger comparative study – it has also been used for marketing, sales and product development."  – Theya Lingerie
New Faces at ARCH
We're delighted to welcome Brenda Reginatto on board as Research Lead of the Care team in ARCH. Prior to joining ARCH, Brenda worked as Clinical Research Lead at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in UCD. Brenda is passionate about creating technology products to support older people, people living with chronic conditions and caregivers. Contact Brenda if your company could benefit from her insight and expertise e: t: 01 716 5403

Dr Gemma Moore also recently joined the Change team at ARCH as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Gemma holds a Masters of Social Science degree from UCD where she specialised in the Sociology of Health and Illness. Her initial role in ARCH will be to explore the change requirements and barriers to the implementation of eHealth in Ireland. Her specific interests are the organisational cultural changes required versus the persistence of established norms and legacies in healthcare settings, as well as the processes and pathways that are required for the successful adoption of Connected Health technologies. You can contact Gemma on e: t: 01 716 5405.

Last but not least, our newest recruit is Etain Quigley. Etain holds a first class honours Master of Social Science degree from UCD where she specialised in the area of Sociology of Health and Illness. She graduated from the Honorable Society of Kings and undertook PhD research in the area of contemporary policy and practice in the Irish youth justice system in the Sutherland School of Law, UCD. She most recently concluded work on the FP7 Diabetes Literacy Study at Quinn School of Business UCD. Her core research interests include patient self-management, technology, health literacy, care pathways, system evaluation, and patient level costing. Contact Etain on e: t: 01 716 5406.
Next ARCH Breakfast Briefing – Friday 25th September
Our last Breakfast Briefing with Dr Eileen Furlong on ‘Monitoring Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy Using Mobile Phones’ was a great success.

We're delighted to announce our next Breakfast Briefing will be held on Friday 25th September when Brenda Reginatto, Research Lead on the Care team in ARCH, will be speaking on 'Can Wearable Technology Help Older People Remain Mobile and Independent'. It's set to be a great event and we hope to see you there – further details will be announced on our website next week.
ARCH Breakfast Briefing
Core Research Projects Underway
Industry members steer the research agenda at ARCH and are encouraged to propose research projects that would benefit their company’s needs, but which are also relevant to the broader industry membership. These research projects, known as Core research projects, can be fully funded by ARCH. Three Core research projects involving Industry Members are now underway with several more in the pipeline: 

1. An Analysis of the HSE's eHealth Implementation

Regarding this first Core project, Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer in the HSE said ‘By their very nature, eHealth initiatives are disruptive to business as usual, and healthcare transformation programmes are challenging to implement. By engaging ARCH to work with us, we will be able to assess what’s working and what’s not as we roll out our eHealth programme. We can use this information to understand how best to proceed with our implementation, so that we can provide a sustainable model of eHealth which has buy-in from all of those involved in the process.”  

2. Examining How Connected Health can enable a Patient-GP-Pharmacist Network

3. Hospital & Community Pharmacy Practice and Management: Towards an e-Health Strategy

Several more core projects are currently in development and we will keep you updated of their progress in future newsletters. Find out more about completed and active ARCH Research Projects
New Members
Latest Companies to Join ARCH
Hewlett-Packard and Patient Buddy are the latest companies to join ARCH, bringing our membership up to over 20 industry partners.

ARCH can help industry achieve a competitive advantage by enabling access to the innovative capacity and expertise available within our team.

Find out about the broad range of benefits available to ARCH Industry Members and how your company can enquire about becoming a member
ARCH Launch
Upcoming Events of Interest
18th September – 2nd Irish Ecosystem Meeting, Clyde Hotel, Dublin
24-25th September – The Learning Health System in Europe Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium
30th September – Dr Maria Quinlan, Research Lead on the Change team, will be representing ARCH and speaking at the eHealth Summit in Carton House Co Kildare
13th October – Health Revolutions, Research driving innovation in the world of health and well being, will take place in the University of Limerick
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