Challenges of building a world-class health service tackled at UL International Conference

Michael Dowling, President and CEO, Northwell Health, Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research, Prof Austin Stack, Director, Healt

What innovations in healthcare should Ireland be looking to in creating a health service for the 21st century? How can we build healthier communities in tackling issues of physical activity, positive ageing and public participation in healthcare? What drug, surgical and diagnostic inventions will be available to the patients in the future? These questions and more were tackled at Health Revolutions an international healthcare conference recently held at the University of Limerick.

Keynote speaker Michael Dowling, President and CEO, Northwell Health, USA represents one of the largest healthcare systems in the USA. Mr Dowling delivered a keynote address entitled ‘‘Breaking with the status quo - Building a World-Class Healthcare System. Speaking at the conference, Michael Dowling highlighted the need for innovation in healthcare; “Every industry has had to transform, healthcare is no different.” Dowling also pointed out the need to have “an extraordinary focus on the customer and the patient.” When asked to highlighted the most important area to focus on, Dowling added; “building a healthier community starts with our children.”

Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research said: “The establishment of the Health Research Institute (HRI) is a cornerstone to the UL Research Agenda. We are building world-class multidisciplinary research teams with global reach who are tackling the today’s healthcare challenges. Health Revolutions provides a unique opportunity to bring leaders in healthcare across diverse areas together to discuss innovations of the future which will benefit patients and our society as a whole”

Prof Austin Stack, Director, Health Research Institute and Consultant Nephrologist, University Hospital Limerick said; “We are delighted to welcome our panel of esteemed national and international speakers to discuss the challenges of health and well being in Ireland.”

The conference was chaired by Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor, The Irish Times and includes speakers from USA, Australia and Ireland. The speakers included: Prof Stephen Smith, University of Melbourne, Dr Thomas McGinn, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Northwell Health, Dr Peter K. Gregersen, Northwell Health, Feinstein Institute, USA, Keith Wood, W2 Consulting and Chair of Healthy Ireland, Niall O’Leary, Executive Director and Site Head, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Prof Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, Anne Connolly, CEO, Irish Smart Ageing Exchange, Prof Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer, UL Hospitals, Prof Calvin Coffey, Foundation Chair of Surgery, University of Limerick and UL Hospitals, Prof Michael Larvin, Head, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Conn Murray, Chief Executive, Limerick City & County Council and Director, Age Friendly Ireland, Katie Murphy, Cystic  Fibrosis Ireland, Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research, UL, Prof Austin Stack, Director, Health Research Institute.