GE Healthcare invest 3m Euro in Independent Living Centre

Global healthcare corporation GE Healthcare has announced a €3m investment in the Irish Technology Research for Independent Living Centre (TRIL).

Current partners in TRIL include Intel, UCD, Trinity and NUI Galway.

The centre studies the physical, cognitive and social consequences of ageing and designs technologies to help address them.

The centre focuses on the ways in which technology can help older people remain independent for as long as possible, thereby easing any strains on countries’ healthcare systems.

GE Healthcare specialise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions.

TRIL have welcomed the commitment as part of their plan to secure industry partners to advance their effort.

TRIL was founded in January 2007 by Intel and the IDA and is based at St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

Over 600 elderly patients have been assessed at the clinic in the past three years, and others have taken part through TRIL’s home deployment programme.

Dr Brian Caulfield, academic director, said: “We are excited about welcoming a new industry partner with the technology expertise and stellar reputation of GE Healthcare.

“Their focus on innovative thinking and commitment to improving healthcare while reducing costs will make them a valuable contributor to our research efforts.”

Agnes Berzsenyi, general manager of GE Healthcare’s Home Health business, said: “The world is getting older and this is presenting enormous healthcare challenges in the care of elderly citizens and the prevention and management of chronic disease.

“We are looking forward to working with TRIL to drive innovation in this emerging area and ultimately transforming the lives of elderly citizens.”