Foster addresses International Health Summit in Brussels

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today addressed a 100-strong delegation of international businessmen, academics and clinicians at the Third European Connected Health Leadership Summit in Brussels.

The Minister was speaking about the economic benefits from Connected Health, an emerging healthcare sector concerned with using technology solutions, such as remote patient monitoring, to deliver cost-efficient health benefits.

The summit is being run by the European Connected Health Campus, a Northern Ireland based collaborative network supported by Invest Northern Ireland. The campus, set up in 2009 to promote Connected Health in Europe and North America includes Bosch, Intel, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster as its members.

Speaking at the summit the Minister said: “By developing innovative solutions to manage chronic disease and help our citizens enjoy independent living into old age we can also strengthen our knowledge base and encourage investment in this key sector.

“At a time when health and social care expenditure is under significant pressure, the connected health agenda is an opportunity to strengthen our economy while reducing costs and improving healthcare services.

“Northern Ireland’s world-class research capability in health technology means that, despite its small size, it has been able to push forward the Connected Health agenda. The European Connected Health Campus is helping to promote wider collaboration in Europe and North America and the establishment of the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection shows how regions can work together for common good.”

The Leadership Summit is part of European Connected Health Week, during which the Minister will also be meeting with key stakeholders.