WHO Chief Information Officer headlining NUIG medtech forum

Galway Daily news WHO Chief Information Officer headlining NUIG medtech forum

The Chief Information Officer of the World Health Organisation will deliver the keynote address at a virtual medtech conference at NUIG next week.

The annual MedTech Forum held by NUI Galway will take place on Monday, November 23, and its virtual format is completely free and open to the public.

This year’s forum will focus on theme of ‘Campus Innovations for COVID-19 Global Solutions’.

Prof Derek O’Keeffe, Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUIG and Consultant at UHG is the event organiser for the forum.

He said that the annual event highlight the “cross discipline research collaborations” that happen on campus to deliver new an innovative medical device solutions.

“This year the focus is specifically on the great work that we have done on COVID-19 MedTech innovations that have impacted locally, nationally and internationally.”

Mr Bernardo Mariano Jr Chief Information Officer and Digital Health Director of the WHO, will deliver the keynote address for the Forum which runs from 9am to 1pm.

He commented that he is looking forward to discussing the WHO is helping to encourage a “digital transformation” of the healthcare sector by building “trusted and ethical” systems.

Professor Tim O’Brien, Dean of the College of Medicine praised the “depth of talent that is present both on campus, in our hospitals and in our industry partners”, which is seen at the forum.

“This year’s excellent programme highlights the result of harnessing this network of excellence to create novel solutions when COVID-19 brought so many problems.”

“One of the key clinical transformations that occurred during the pandemic was the adoption of digital technologies to deliver care and our keynote speaker Bernardo Mariano Jr, will discuss this phenomenon and subsequent health opportunities from a unique global perspective.”

The NUI Galway MedTech Forum is a free event and open to the public. For more information and to register visit: https://bit.ly/3lB8lbS.