HSE teams up with Dell for programme to help modernise healthcare system

Six-month course will help make Ireland a leader in Europe in digital health, director says

Dell Technologies has teamed up with the HSE to deliver a six-month educational programme for health staff to help modernise the healthcare system.

The free course, Digital Futures in Healthcare, will take place over six months and will help staff develop skills and provide the knowledge to apply new technologies and accelerate digital transformation within healthcare.

The programme is designed to give participants insights into next generation diagnostics, and the digital workplace of the future. It will present the opportunities brought by connected health, emerging technologies and personalised health solutions, while also protecting patient data.

“From our doctors and nurses to those innovating behind the scenes, the Digital Futures in Healthcare course will prove invaluable to all those involved in providing healthcare services in Ireland,” said Martin Curley, director of digital transformation and open innovation at the HSE.


“Technology has become an important tool in the fight against Covid-19 and a driver in the broader modernisation of our healthcare system through Sláintecare. We’ve seen the reduction in barriers to digital innovation over the past 18 months and that is something we must build up in the months to come as we look to achieve better outcomes for patients.”

Mr Curley said the programme would help with healthcare transformation, and help the State to become a leader in Europe in digital health.

The programme gets under way on September 22nd, with six webinars due to take place between then and February next year.

Subject experts

Among the subject experts due to speak as part of the programme are James Norman, healthcare chief information officer for the EMEA region at Dell Technologies; Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, and Neil O’Hare, professor of health informatics and chief information officer at Children’s Health Ireland.

“The past year and a half has proven to be a turning point for digital transformation in healthcare, with frontline workers embracing technology at unprecedented speed as they bravely treated those impacted by the pandemic and dealt with the challenges of recent months,” said Jason Ward, vice-president and managing director of Dell Technologies in Ireland. “By equipping more people with digital skills, the healthcare system in Ireland has a unique opportunity to accelerate the deployment of technology to improve patient outcomes, protect patient data and support the vital work of all those providing vital healthcare services.”

More than 800 people have already registered for the programme, with further information available from https://hsedigitaltransformation.ie/digitalfutures2021.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist