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The Rotunda Innovation Hub will function as a multidisciplinary virtual department within the hospital and will nurture progressive ideas from staff and patients that meet the triple aim of improving the patient experience, optimising outcomes and reducing costs.
The Hub will establish links with potential funders and commercial partners in technology and health research domains and will work on commercialising and applying the Rotunda’s research outputs.
Commenting, Prof Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda, said: “This novel Innovation Hub approach is a further example of the Rotunda’s leadership in solving common problems in challenges in maternity, newborn and gynaecologic care for families in our community. Developed organically from within, the Innovation Hub draws on the best and brightest ideas from Rotunda staff and patients and has provided practical, real-world solutions to common clinical problems. We anticipate that the Innovation Hub will continue to grow from strength-to-strength in advancing care for our mothers, babies and families.”
Last week, the Rotunda held an Innovation Day, which invited healthcare professionals, innovation experts, entrepreneurs, industry partners and patients to join forces and promote innovation in maternal and newborn care.
Some of the challenges tackled on the day included: How to improve the signage in the hospital to help patients and staff navigate more easily and efficiently; how to help mums and babies bond if both are physically unable to visit each other; and how to secure breathing tubes for premature babies in the NICU in a way that is more comfortable and effective.
Pictured L to R launching the Rotunda Innovation Hub at the Rotunda Innovation Day: Mr Les Corbett, Health and Safety Manager, Rotunda Hospital; Dr Richard Drew, Consultant Microbiologist, Rotunda Hospital; Dr Joanna Griffin, Director of Research, Rotunda Hospital; and Prof Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital.