TUH Wins EAHM Best Innovation Award

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Pictured from left: Dr. Natalie Cole, Head of Innovation; Prof. Paul
Ridgway, Consultant Upper GI. HPB &General Surgeon, Niamh Wilkes, Project Manager. Una Kearns, My Patient Space; Sinéad Gill, Clinical Innovation Specialist and Marie Egan, Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Pictured from left: Dr. Natalie Cole, Head of Innovation; Prof. Paul Ridgway, Consultant Upper GI. HPB &General Surgeon, Niamh Wilkes, Project Manager. Una Kearns, My Patient Space; Sinéad Gill, Clinical Innovation Specialist and Marie Egan, Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Tallaght University Hospital Dublin has won the Best Innovation Award from the European Association of Hospital Managers for the development with Trinity College, Dublin of a new app which will enable the hospital to care for patients with chronic pancreatitis in their own homes and communities.

TUH research has shown that Ireland has among the highest numbers in Europe suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

The new SmartCP app enables patients with chronic pancreatitis to report red flags like worsening malabsorptive symptoms and signs of new diabetes so that doctors can intervene earlier to achieve better outcomes. Those who suffer from this particular condition have a higher than normal risk of developing pancreatic cancer and therefore the detection of red flag pancreatic cancer symptoms would allow for crucial early diagnosis and treatment.

The hospital’s Interdisciplinary Chronic Pancreatitis Service, TU Dublin Innovation team and Trinity College, Dublin applied for and received funding for the new App.

Being able to care for patients in their homes and communities, aligns with TUH’s vision of being a hospital without walls. It will also be the first ever digital tool of its type to help those suffering from chronic pancreatitis.