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Irish technology company, SureWash recently announced that their innovative hand hygiene training solution has been adopted by the Seattle-based haemodialysis group, Northwest Kidney Centers. The announcement caps a busy year for the Dublin-based company in the Pacific Northwest, which included a visit by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. to SureWash’s technology in a new health and wellness science exhibition.
Dublin-based, SureWash has developed an interactive hand-hygiene training system with three core benefits: the ability to save money, time, and lives. The company is now putting their innovative technology to use in the US market.
Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), there has been a strong push towards reducing costs in the healthcare sector. SureWash’s technology saves money by reducing the labor needed to train and audit hand hygiene compliance. It saves time associated with hand-hygiene training and operating by providing e-learning to healthcare professionals on hospital wards at their own convenience.
By promoting effective hand-hygiene techniques, SureWash can help reduce the number of hospital acquired infections which ultimately saves lives. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans die from hospital acquired infections each year and costs the US Healthcare system $30 billion a year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of these hospital acquired infections could be prevented by better hand-hygiene. This validates the need for SureWash’s technology in US hospitals.
The Northwest Kidney Centers delivers more than 200,000 treatments a year in 15 dialysis centers and 11 hospitals to people suffering from kidney disease. The chance of contracting hospital acquired infections is especially prevalent among patients with kidney disease due to their weakened immune systems and therefore susceptibility to infections. Within its facilities, the Northwest Kidney Centers was committed to reducing the chances that patients, staff, and visitors would spread infections. To do this, they chose SureWash.
Earlier this year, representatives from Northwest Kidney Centers attended a SureWash reception at the PacificScienceCenter. Also in attendance was An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. who acknowledged and congratulated SureWash’s Co-FounderSeanBay on developing an innovative solution for a global problem.
This month SureWash will be showcasing their technology at Med in Ireland, an Enterprise Ireland medical technology & healthcare conference, exhibition and partnering event. With over 300 international guests, Irish companies such as SureWash will be looking to explore new partnership opportunities. It will be a great chance for SureWash, and the Irish medical device sector to showcase their capabilities.
Sean Bay, Co-Founder and Director of SureWash demonstrating the hand hygiene training technology at an event in the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA earlier this year
Find out more about SureWash at www.surewash.com or follow on Twitter @surewash
For more information on Med In Ireland, visit http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Events/OurEvents/MedinIreland2013/ or http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Med-in-Ireland-2013-3814058/about. Follow on Twitter @MedinIreland
As we enter October, Enterprise Ireland is in the final stages of preparation for the internationally acclaimed event, Med in Ireland. Med in Ireland is Enterprise Ireland’s high-profile medical technology & healthcare conference, exhibition and partnering event. Taking place every two years, it is a national showcase for the entire spectrum of the Irish medical technologies sector. On October 23, representatives from prominent medical device companies around the world will gather at Dublin’s Convention Center. There they will get the chance to see and interact with world-class Irish companies leading Europe in the field of medical device technologies, top clinicians, and academic experts.
This year features four keynote speakers: Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, John Dineen, President & CEO of GE Healthcare, Dr. Wolfgang Hofmann, SVP Pharmaceuticals of Fresenius Medical Care, and Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki, Health Operation Director PHCS of Dubai Health Authority. These four speakers are world renowned experts in the medical device industry. Alongside them is Conference Chair David Cassak. David is the VP, as well as Content & Managing Director of Medical Devices for Elsevier Business Intelligence. Together they will be discussing latest innovations and developments in the healthcare industry.
Key Note Speakers:
There will be over a thousand attendees; among them will be over 350 international guests. These attendees will be gathered for a welcoming event the night prior to the conference. The next morning they will hear from the key note speakers followed by a Q&A session. The afternoon is when the Irish companies will get the chance to hold private one-on-one meetings with the international buyers. Finally, the day ends with a networking dinner at Dublin’s iconic Guinness Storehouse.Speaking at the last Med in Ireland event in 2011, Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said, “There is no doubt that [Irish Medical Technology] is a sector where we can genuinely say that we’ve created a real cluster of strength.” Med in Ireland 2013 will allow for the Irish medical device sector to showcase its extraordinary capabilities.
For more information about Med in Ireland, contact Thomas Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is an annual gathering for the Microsoft partner community to learn about Microsoft’s roadmap for the upcoming year, network and build connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and learn new skills and techniques.
This will be Enterprise Ireland’s 3rd year attending the conference and we are excited to announce these Irish companies (below) will join the scene in Houston this July 7-11 to share their business-ready solutions with the Microsoft reseller channel. Organise a meeting through WPC Connect!
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Record €16.2 billion exports from Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2012
North American Market leads the way with 20% export growth in 2012
Enterprise Ireland client companies achieved record exports in 2012 breaking €16bn for the first time, up from €15.2bn in 2011. The outstanding geographical performance came from USA, where exports grew by 20%.
The main growth sectors to USA were software, lifesciences, including medical devices, business services and advanced engineering. Forty two percent of all software exported by Irish companies is sold in USA.
Executive Director for North America Gerry Murphy said: “This was an outstanding achievement by Irish owned companies in a year of sluggish economic growth in the US. We are proud of the companies we work with and their tremendous achievement in continuing to increase export sales which are crucial in sustaining and growing jobs in Ireland. As the world’s largest technically advanced economy, the United States is a key trading partner for Ireland and offers a relatively low-risk operating environment for Irish businesses”.
He thanked the members of the Irish Diaspora in USA who continue to provide a crucial role in mentoring and advising Irish companies and linking them with business opportunities
Enterprise Ireland is increasing its activities to support clients win new export business and build business networks and partnerships across America.
2013 will see a record number of trade missions and trade fairs in sectors as diverse as Financial Software, Telecommunications, Digital Media, Oil and Gas, Animation, Information Security and Healthcare, all aimed at linking Irish companies to American buyers.
An Taoiseach (Head of the Government of Ireland), Enda Kenny T.D. visited the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington on the 22nd of March to meet with the Enterprise Ireland technology company, SureWash.
Dublin-based SureWash have developed an interactive hand-hygiene training system with three core benefits – the ability to save money, time and lives – which the company now intends to leverage in the US market.
Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as “Obamacare”), the emphasis on cost-containment and reduction in the US healthcare environment cannot be underestimated. SureWash’s technology has the ability to save money by reducing the labour needed to train and audit hand-hygiene compliance – the first core benefit of the technology. Secondly, the technology can also save the time associated with hand-hygiene training and compliance by providing e-learning to healthcare professionals on hospital wards at their convenience.
Significantly, SureWash’s technology promotes effective hand-hygiene techniques which can lead to a reduction in hospital acquired infections and ultimately save lives. The importance of hand-hygiene in the US hospital environment should be underestimated – it is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans die annually from hospital acquired infections with an associated cost for treating these infections of approximately $30 billion each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 50% of these hospital acquired infections could be prevented by better hand-hygiene – validating the need for SureWash’s technology in the US hospital environment.
The purpose of the Taoiseach’s visit to the Pacific Science Center was to acknowledge the inclusion of the SureWash technology in a new health and wellness exhibition. The “WellbodyAcademy” is the first new permanent exhibition in the Pacific Science Center in more that a decade and was established to demonstrate good living practices in hygiene, nutrition, exercise and sleep.
The inclusion of SureWash’s hand-hygiene training system in the new exhibition was supported by a group of clinical experts associated with the Pacific Science Center. Furthermore, each of the three SureWash hand-hygiene training systems on display were sponsored directly by the Seattle Children’s Hospital – further validating the opportunity for SureWash’s technology in the US healthcare environment.
Following a demonstration of the SureWash technology, the Taoiseach congratulated SureWash’s Sales Director and Co-Founder, Sean Bay on their inclusion in the new exhibition and acknowledged SureWash as an example of an Irish technology company that had developed an innovative solution for a global problem. The Taoiseach made reference to the significant impact that SureWash’s technology had made in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and wished the company success as they introduce the solution to the hospitals in the US.
From Dublin, SureWash has forged strong links with the Seattle area through the use of Microsoft licensed solutions and the Microsoft Kinect Camera in their interactive training system and the Pacific Science Center where their technology is on display is strongly supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also in attendance at the event were a number of SureWash’s key contacts in the Seattle area including representatives from Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the North West Kidney Centers.
All photographs courtesy of © Shelly Oberman Photography
George Moore, a US-based specialist in the field of data/precision analytics, has been announced as the technology Start-up Ambassador for the US, as part of its strategy to promote Ireland and to encourage overseas entrepreneurs to locate their start-up businesses in Ireland. This follows on from earlier appointments of Start-Up Ambassadors for key markets in the UK, China and Middle East, and for the life sciences sector in the US.
Mr Moore is a pioneer in the development of real time analytics and information technology for business applications, with many years experience in the region. He has particular expertise in the area of consumer scoring technologies for real time applications in the telecom, media, and retail industries. He will now bring this vast experience to working closely with Enterprise-Ireland to highlight Ireland and what it has to offer for technology start-ups.
This announcement marks the fifth international start-up ambassador appointed by Enterprise Ireland over the past year. It follows on the appointment of Dylan Collins for the UK market, Paul Kenny for the Middle East, Liam Casey for the Greater China Region, and Dr Art Rosenthal as Life Sciences Start-up Ambassador for the US.
The announcement follows on the launch late last year of a dedicated €10 million International Start-Up Fund to target investor ready overseas entrepreneurs to start their business inIreland. Administered by Enterprise Ireland, the fund is open to company promoters anywhere in the world, but is targeted particularly at the Irish Diaspora, international expatriates, the ‘New Diaspora’ (people from overseas who have previously worked or studied in Ireland), as well as serial and mobile entrepreneurs.
Lorcan O’Sullivan, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Overseas Entrepreneurship Department, said: ‘We are delighted to have a high profile figure such as George Moore as a US Ambassador for Enterprise Ireland’s international start-ups programme. George has not only experience of running large multinational operations, he has also extensive knowledge of start-ups as an investor. An increasing number of mobile international entrepreneurs are coming to Ireland as their location of choice to start a new business. The volume of enquiries is double that of last year and this is certainly encouraging for us. It is a tremendous boost to have a person of the calibre of George Moore, with his extensive experience and business networks and based locally in the US, who can support this programme and share his experience with other US entrepreneurs looking to start up in Ireland’.
George Moore added:
To find out more about the International Start-Up Fund and Ireland as a location for your business visit: www.startinireland.com