Future Health Summit – Ireland’s premier healthcare event attracts over 2,000 delegates

The Future Health Summit, Ireland’s premier healthcare event, was officially opened by Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health yesterday at Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre.  The top European event for current and future healthcare leaders, patients and wellbeing experts attracted over 2,000 delegates over two days, as it puts the full range of health issues facing society under the microscope with over 160 speakers; over 100 exhibitors, with sector leaders and innovators from across the globe and patient group workshops.Future_Health_Summit_3

The event covered 15 distinct topics including mental health, corporate wellness, homecare, med tech (such as the latest advances in apps, wearable technology and mindful tech), oncology, diabetes, ehealth and clinical leadership.   Two days of patient workshops were a key feature that focused on a diverse range of health issues and are hosted by groups including Headstrong, with an emphasis on youth engagement; the Irish Cancer Society across two sessions; Diabetes Ireland; The Migraine Association; Neurological Association of Ireland and the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations.

Formerly known as the National Healthcare Conference, the event returned for its 10th year and the organisers, Investnet Healthcare secured a line up of global thought leaders including Dr Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health – one of the USA’s largest health systems, with $7.8 billion in annual revenue; Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers; Richard Corbridge, HSE Chief Information Officer, spearheading ehealth and roll out of electronic health record (EHR); Bill Maher, CEO Bon Secours Hospital Group; Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director of Health and Wellbeing; Prof. Arne Björnberg, Chairman, Health Consumer Powerhouse, which produces open comparisons of healthcare systems against different indices; Veronica Kavanagh, National Guard Health Affairs, Saudi Arabia; Dr Sandrine Thuret, Head of the Neurogenesis and Mental Health Laboratory at King’s College London and many more.

Billy Kelleher TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health said: “This event attracts over 2,000 health and wellbeing professionals from all around the world. The sharing of ‘best practice’ is a great asset to Ireland.”

Marc Butterly, Investnet Healthcare Director and co-creator of the event comments: “The Future Health Summit has grown over the years to become a firm fixture in the heath and wellbeing calendar as health has become a multi-faceted concern at the heart of the mainstream. We have evolved the two days to include greater involvement from patients, their families and representative groups”

David Neville, fellow Investnet Healthcare Director and event organiser added: “The event provides a meeting place for progressive healthcare leaders and who want to drive change and improve healthcare delivery.”

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