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Public Symposium - Technology in Healthcare

Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 14.00 - 15.30
Venue: Stanley Quek Theatre, TBSI, 152-160 Pearse Street
This free event is open to the public, NO booking required


14.00 Professor David Coleman, School of Dental Science Automated Decontamination of Water Networks in Healthcare
14.20 Dr Deirdre D’Arcy, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Using ICU Electronic Health Record Data for Research: a Treasure Chest or a Tease?
14.40 Dr John Dinsmore, School of Nursing & Midwifery ProACT: Developing a Digital Integrated Care System to Support Persons Managing with Multimorbidity
15.00 Professor Neil O'Hare, St James's Hospital Electronic Patient Records
15.20 Q&A Session to conclude  


14.00 Automated Decontamination of Water Networks in Healthcare

Developing new automated systems to eradicate microorganisms from water networks in hospitals and healthcare facilities and developing new ways to enhance decontamination of medical devices, especially those supplied with water. Integrating detailed academic knowledge of the biology and behaviour of infection causing and environmental microorganisms with applied microbiology and engineering systems designed to minimise infection risks.

Professor David Coleman received his B.A. (Mod.), Ph.D. and Sc.D. from Trinity College Dublin. Joining the School of Dental Science in 1989, he is now Professor of Oral and Applied Microbiology and head of the division of Oral Biosciences. He is a Fellow of Trinity (FTCD) and the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath.), London, member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and winner of the RIA silver medal for microbiology. Published in 180+ articles in peer-reviewed international journals, his research interests focus on translational microbiology including automated minimisation of infection risks from water networks and medical devices, and the population biology, evolution, genomics and antibiotic resistance mechanisms of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), other staphylococci and pathogenic Candida species.

14.20 Using ICU Electronic Health Record Data for Research: a Treasure Chest or a Tease?

Comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs), such as those used in intensive care settings, can record vast amounts and types of clinical data. The availability of this data should help to answer important clinical research questions much more easily and quickly than manually collecting research data from paper charts and files. However, accessing and recording complete, accurate data from EHRs brings its own challenges. Our experiences in conducting research with the ICU department in Tallaght hospital have shown us that EHRs have huge potential to support more efficient research, but that a new way of thinking about data collection methods is required.

Dr. Deirdre D’Arcy is an Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. A qualified pharmacist since 1999, with experience in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology research, she is leads the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Group. She has actively collaborated with Tallaght Hospital since 2009, specifically with the Intensive Care Unit and Haematology and Pharmacy Departments, in the research area of pharmacokinetics. Pharmacokinetics involves exploring the drug concentrations obtained in the body over time after administration of a specific dose, and helps to guide best dosing, with her research with Tallaght Hospital focussing on dosing of antibiotics. Her other research interests include developing methods to study dissolution/release of drugs from dosage forms.

14.40 ProACT: Developing a Digital Integrated Care System to Support Persons Managing with Multimorbidity

This talk will discuss Phase 1 of a Horizon 2020 project entitled ProACT, which targets Europe’s 50 million multimorbid patients to proactively self-manage and offset the EU’s annual €700billion cost of chronic disease management. ProACT aims to develop and evaluate an ecosystem to integrate a wide variety of new and existing technologies to improve and advance home-based integrated care for older adults with multi morbidity, including associated co-morbidities. The ecosystem will connect four key care and support models central to understanding and implementing effective, continued and coordinated patient centric care (including self-management). These models are 1) homecare (including informal care); 2) hospital care; 3) community and social care and 4) social support networks.

Dr. John Dinsmore is an Assistant Professor in Digital Integrated Care and the Health Innovation Lead/Deputy Director of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) at Trinity College Dublin. His role involves building and leading teams to research and develop (R&D) technologies, services and practices in a wide range of healthcare areas, which include:

• Proactive digital integrated care (including connected health)
• Behavioural change and health technology use
• Proactive chronic disease (including multi-morbidity) self-management and/or management
• Ageing, patient empowerment and the use of health technologies
• Digital health and service re-design
• The adoption and use of home based health technologies

With a background in health psychology Dr. Dinsmore’s research aims to combine understanding in the above areas to develop behavioural change frameworks to improve the adoption, sustainability and scalability of new healthcare technologies and services as part of an integrated, proactive ecosystem of healthcare. Dr. Dinsmore is also the Coordinator/PI of the Horizon 2020 project ProACT outlined in the talk (please visit:

15.00 Electronic Patient Records