Collaborating Across the Ocean
As one of the top 10 innovative health systems in the United States, OSF HealthCare through OSF Innovation partners with a number of organizations in an effort to bring emerging technologies and platforms to patients and medical providers.
Enterprise Ireland is the government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets and is one of the largest venture capital funds in the world.
The two sides met this week to discuss potential partnerships moving forward.
"This is an opportunity for us to bring some Enterprise Ireland companies who are visiting health care systems across United States, bring them here to Peoria and meet with our key opinion leaders both in our clinical and administrative functions and understand what our potential partnerships might be with these start-up companies," explained Matthew Warrens - Vice President of Innovation Partnerships – OSF HealthCare.
What we are trying to do is to connect Irish companies with opportunities here in the US and that's about building strategic relationships with organizations like OSF," added Donal Cummings – Vice President, Digital Health & Life Sciences – Enterprise Ireland.
OSF Innovation and Enterprise Ireland first collaborated a little over a year ago on the application known as Silver Cloud. The SilverCloud Health tool offers evidence-based therapeutic programs patients can use to manage their mental and behavioral health. The customizable, interactive application includes various mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, mood and lifestyle charting as well as coaching to meet weekly goals.
Both sides hope to see more efforts of this kind in the future, with a goal of making a greater impact on the care continuum.