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UL to lead collaboration to deliver new Masters in Digital Health Transformation

Prof. Martin Curley, Chair of the Digital Academy Forum, Dr. Colm Henry, HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, Prof Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies at UL and Dr. Michael Harty, Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee
Sat, 07 Sep 2019

University of Limerick is to lead a collaboration that will deliver a unique new Masters to train digital leaders in the health service.

The new MSc in Digital Health Transformation has been hailed as a “step forward for digital innovation in the Irish Healthcare system”.

The programme, which will be led by UL, will train digital leaders in delivering innovative and cost effective health services in Ireland. It was co-designed by the HSE Digital Academy and the eight Irish universities.

It was launched by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, at the inaugural Digital Academy Forum at Dr Steevens’ Hospital in Dublin this Wednesday.

“This is a great example of Open Innovation 2.0, which will help build Digital capacity and capability not just in the HSE, but across the entire Irish health ecosystem. The collaboration and support of the eight Universities has been exemplary. The new Masters will train digital leaders who will deliver more cost effective and better health services for Irish citizens,” said Dr Henry.

Professor Ann Ledwith, UL’s Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, said: “UL is delighted to lead a collaboration between the Irish universities and the HSE to deliver this unique Masters programme, aimed at educating Digital Leaders and enabling a digital transformation within our health system.”

The programme will run over 18 months with taught modules delivered over two semesters. In addition, participants will undertake a substantial digital health transformation project, the duration of which extends just over a year.

For the taught element, in each semester participants will attend a residential block and five in-house blocks. Residential blocks will take place at the University of Limerick while the locations of in-house blocks will rotate among the participating institutions.

The first residential block will commence on January 20, 2020. Registration is now open.

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