International Digital Health Summer School

26th and 27th June 2024, Maynooth University
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Event Overview

The second International Digital Health Summer School will be hosted at the Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University on June 26th and 27th 2024.


Digital Health is emerging as a completely new discipline, one which combines intersecting disciplines of health, technology, engineering, economics, demographics and much more. While current health systems have served humanity very well yielding a more than doubling of life expectancy over the last two centuries, the systems are now facing a major crisis with full hospitals, a demographic timebomb and record clinician attrition. However one half of the world’s population don’t have access to affordable healthcare and the other half who do have access are increasingly finding it unaffordable. This global healthcare is facing a perfect storm and what Thomas Kuhn would call a Model Crisis.

Digital Health is emerging as a potential ‘silver bullet’ solution which can address critical issues such as accessibility, affordability, variability, quality and clinician work life balance. The cutting edge Digital Innovation Methodology ‘ Open Innovation 2.0’ and the Manhattan Manifesto Stay Left Shift Left 10X developed at the UN Science Summit Digital Health Symposium in New York in September 2022 will underpin the compelling frontier agenda of the second International Digital Health Summer School.

Using the #StayLeftShiftLeft-10X doctrine as the lens and canvas for the two day Summer school, the Summer school will focus on two key topics AI in Health (26th June) and Data and Electronic Health Records (27th June). Come listen and interact with world leading thought leaders and practitioners in an intimate setting to help learn and co-create a new ‘win-win’ healthcare future for all. Two day attendees will receive a framed Innovation Value Institute parchment upon completion of the Summer School.

The centrepiece of the Summer School will be a distinguished lecture from Russ Branzell, President and Chief Executive of CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives).

A compelling line up of speakers from across all of the four quadrant of the quadruple helix will speak including clinicians, venture capitalists, CEOs, policymakers and most importantly patients.

Apart from Education a key goal of the Summer School is to create an intellectual supercollider which accelerates the emergence of a directed Digital Health Open Collaborative Ecosystem.

Agenda Day 1 (June 26th)

Time Topic of Discussion Speaker Speaker Designation
Principles and Leadership
9:00-9:15 Welcome and opening Prof Martin Curley Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University
Prof Eeva Leinonen President of Maynooth University
9:15-9:20 Opening Prof Eeva Leinonen President of Maynooth University
9:20-9:55 SL2-10X fundamentals Prof Martin Curley Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University
9:50-10:15 SL2-10X in Action Dr Donal Bailey CEO of CareConnect
Karen Kelly CEO of Panacea Flow
10:15-10:30 Short Break
10:30-10:45 Opening Comments: Robert Watt
10:45-11:30 Leapfrog Leader Panel Robert Watt Secretary General, Department of Health
Dr Louise McBride President of NMBI
Prof Rob Landers President of ICHA
Hugh Nelson Head of Community Wellbeing
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Dr Jennifer Martin National Director, Health Service Improvement, HSE
Prof Joyce O’Connor IIEA Digital Chair, BlockW founder
Susan Tracey CEO of Healthtech Ireland
John Farrelly CEO, Mental Health Commission
11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-13:00 Distinguished Lecture Russell Branzell President of CHIME
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Electronic Health Records
14:00-14:05 EHR fundamentals Prof Martin Curley Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University
14:05-14:20 Signature Keynote: EHR Landscape and outlook Tbc Tbc
14:20-14:40 OpenEHR Tomaz Gornik CEO, Better
14:40-14:55 Nursing and the EHR Dr Louise McBridge ATU and President of NMBI
14:55-15:15 Shared Care Records Mark Hindle Orion Health care
15:15-15:30 Acute EHR David Clancy CEO of Oracle Cerner Ireland
15:30-15:50 Break
15:50-16:10 Digital Health for Vulnerable People

Maxine Radcliffe

Service Director, Social Inclusion, CHO7, HSE

Pete Boyd

CEO OpenPlanIT

16:10-16:25 NHS UK Experience Dr Amar Ahmed Wilmslow NHS
16:25-16:40 Cushla – PEHR Richard Egan CEO at Cushla
16:40-16:55 Transforming GP practice

Dr Frank Kenny

David Mulville

DataFlow International

Hanover Medical

16:55-17:05 Implementing EHRs Best Practice Miriam Roche EHR lead of Mater Hospital
17:05-17:45 International Panel: Lessons from abroad USA – Russ Branzell CHIME
Canada – Zen Tharani Zenex Consulting
Denmark – Peter Soogard Aalborg University
Nepal – Suman Pant Prime Ministers Office, Nepal
Peru, Malaysia – Walter Sifuentes  
17:45-18:30 Break and walk to Renehan Hall

Reception at Renehan Hall, South Campus

Artificial Intelligence
Book Launch & IVI Digital Health awards
Human and Artificial Intelligence and Summer School Reception
Professor Piero Formica IVI, University of Padova: MOIM-Master in Open Innovation Management

Workshops (June 26th)

Time Topic of Discussion Speaker Speaker Designation
Expert Deep dives and workshops
14:00-15:00 EU SHAPES project – an SL2-10X exemplar Prof Mac MacLachlan Co-Director, ALL institute, Maynooth University
Network Centric Healthcare
15:00-15:50 Network Centric Healthcare John Dooley EE, Maynooth University and SFI Connect
15:50-16:10 Break
16:10-17:00 National Masters in Digital Health Transformation – Projects Showcase Annette McElligott University of Limerick
Prof Anthony Staines Dublin City University
Clinician Graduates  
Novel Innovations
17:00-17:15 Myovista, AI and ECGs Andy Webber HeartSciences, Inc.
Karen Kelly PanaceaFlo
17:15-17:30 Global Virtual Observatory Chuck House AstroVirtual Inc

Agenda Day 2 (June 27th)

Time Topic of Discussion Speaker Speaker Designation
Data Innovation, Governance, Protection and Security
09:00-09:05 The Power of Data Professor Martin Curley Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University
09:05-09:35 HSE and Digital Health Dr Colm Henry Chief Clinical Officer, HSE
09:35-10:05 The Environment and Health Dr Laura Burke EPA, Engineers Ireland
10:05-10:35 The power of Data Prof Derek O Keefe NUIG, National Diabetes Lead, HSE
10:35-11:00 Networking Break
11:00-11:30 Data Protection Lessons Helen Dixon ComREG
11:30-11:45 EHDS – what we can learn from SWIFT Dermot Doyle CEO, Dynaaccurate. Luxembourg
11:45-12:00 Data Protection Vanessa Fitzsimons DPO, Blood Transfusion Service
12:00-13:00 Citizen and Patient Panel – Staying and Shifting Left

Jess Kelly


Richard Wyatt-Haines


Doreen Enright

Patient Innovator

Lorna Kerin

PPI lead UL

Stephen McMahon


Gary Boyle

Patient Advocate

Anne Lawlor

HSE Patient Lead

Derek Mitchell

13:00-14:00 Lunch
Artificial Intelligence in Health
14:00-14:30 AI in Health Dr John Sheehan Blackrock Health
14:30-15:00 AI in Health II John Shaw CEO Carelon
15:00-15:15 AI in Retina Scanning Prof Kate Coleman Mater Hospital
15:15-15:30 AI in Cervical Screening Neill Dunwoody CEO, Spryt
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-16:05 AI in Health Niall McDonagh Google Health
16:05-16:25 AI for VO2 Max – a 10X example Prof Peter Soogard Aarborg University
16:25-16:40 AI Avators Prof Ray O’Sullivan VoxAi
16:40-17:00 AI in Palliative Care Ciara Heavin University College Cork
17:00-17:15 Closing and Summary Prof Martin Curley Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University

Workshops (June 27th)

Time Topic of Discussion Speaker Speaker Designation
Expert Workshops
11:00-12:00 Digital Culture Zen Tharani CEO Xenex Consulting
12:00-13:00 Pathfinding Protocol Keith Finglas CSO, Waypoint
Toby Farren CEO, Waypoint
OI2 Living Labs as rapid radical transformation method
14:00-14:30 Introduction

Dr Monika Surayavashi

/Bror Salemin

Director, Concus International

/IVI Research Fellow

14:30-14:40 PAH @the Mater Dr Ciara McCormick, Richard Wyatt Haines, Richard Kennedy

MU,HCI, Janssen

14:40-15:10 Teledermatology Eoin O’Reilly Allview ,CEO
15:10-15:30 Cardiology at NGH Celine Coffey Cardiology Dept Head, Naas Gen Hospital
15:30-16:00 Tbc    
Novel Innovations
16:00-16:30 Social Prescribing in Northern Ireland Claire Ramsey, Sabrina Lynn HSCNI
16:30-17:00 Bed App in Northwest Aislinn Gannon 4OC

Agenda subject to change.

Featured Speakers

Professor Martin Curley

Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Digital Health Lead at IVI

Professor Eeva Leinonen

President, Maynooth University

Dr Colm Henry

Chief Clinical Officer at Health Service Executive

Robert Watt

Secretary General at Department of Health. Public Sector Leader and Reformer. Highly Experienced Economist. Strategic Advisor.

Dr Louise McBride

Academic/Researcher & President Head of Nursing Healthcare ATU Donegal & NMBI President

Dr John Sheehan

Clinical Director of Radiology at Blackrock Health

Helen Dixon

Commissioner for Communications Regulation, ComReg

Professor Peter Søgaard

Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital; MD, Department of Cardiology

Professor Rob Landers

President, Irish Hospital Consultants Association

Laura Burke

Director General at Environmental Protection Agency

Eric Sutherland

Senior Health Economist, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Dr Monika Suryavanshi

Executive Director at Helios Health GmbH

Dr Donal Bailey

Chief Executive Officer of Care-Connect

Karen Kelly

CEO PanaceaFlo Ltd.; Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Ade Stack

Managing Director at Stacks Pharmacy Group


Russell P. Branzell

CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

Professor Piero Formica

Author, One Health

Dr John Sheehan

Clinical Director of Radiology at Blackrock Health

Professor Ciara Heavin

Professor, Business Information Systems, Cork University Business School. Co-Director Health Information Systems Research Centre, University College Cork. Chair, University Ethics Committee, University College Cork

Professor Paolo Benanti

AI Advisor, Pope Francis; Franciscan of the Third Order Regular, theologian; Professore presso Pontificia Università Gregoriana

Prof Rachel Dunscombe

President, OpenEHR; Visiting Professor, Imperial College London; Director(non renumerated), ECHAlliance; Non Exec Director (non remunerated), The Digital Health Society

Professor Ray O’Sullivan

CEO/ Founder of Vox-AI and Associate Professor of RCSI

Alison Gilliland

CEO of CWHT and ex Lord Mayor of Dublin

Zen Tharani

CEO and Founder of Xenex Consulting Inc.

Tomaz Gornik

CEO at Better and co-chair of openEHR International

Vanessa Fitzsimons

Data Protection Officer of Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Toby Farren

Founder/CEO of Waypoint

Andy Webber

Director of Business Development EMEA, HeartSciences Inc.

Richard Wyatt-Haines

Director of HCI

Mark Hindle

Vice President, EMEA, Orion Health

David Clancy

Country General Manager at Oracle Health

Fintan Foy

CEO, Irish College of General Practitioners

Richard Egan

CEO & Founder at Cushla

Miriam Roche

EHR Programme Lead at the Mater Hospital Dublin

Dr Amar Ahmed

Director, NHS Wilmslow Health Centre

Susan Treacy

CEO of HealthTech Ireland

Hugh Nelson

Head of Community Wellbeing for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Keith Finglas

Chief Success Officer at Waypoint

Dr.Ciara McCormack

Dr.Ciara McCormack, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, IVI, Digital Health

Dermot Doyle

CEO, Dynaccurate

Prof. Mac MacLachlan

Co-Director, ALL institute, Maynooth University; Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, Maynooth University

Further speakers will be announced shortly.

Accommodation Options


Glenroyal Hotel :

Promotion code: GA001635 or quote ”International Digital Health Summer School”


Barberstown Castle :

Please email and ask for MUI rates to book during the summer school.


Maynooth University Accommodation:

Promotion Code: DHC_02/24

Booking instruction can be downloaded here.