Stormont adds weight to US push for improved healthcare
Healthcare professionals are collaborating with business people and academics from Northern Ireland at a US conference in a bid to make the best of the sector.
Stormont leaders attended yesterday's conference in Boston and praised companies at the top of their field in the global market.
Addressing the EU-US Connected Health Conference, First Minister Peter Robinson said the Stormont Executive's Programme for Government placed creation of jobs and the modernisation of health and social care services among its top five priorities.
The conference brings together businesses, academics and the healthcare sector to encourage improvements in patient care and economic success.
"In Northern Ireland we have a strong and vibrant technology and health sciences sector," Mr Robinson said.
"Dominated by entrepreneurs such as Almac, Randox and Norbook, Northern Ireland companies are doing business with leading global pharmaceutical giants and have a well earned reputation as a leading region in Europe and beyond for innovation in healthcare," he added.
Health Minister Edwin Poots told delegates: "I believe that in Northern Ireland we now have the necessary elements in place to enable innovation to become fully embedded into healthcare service delivery.
"I believe that we can now begin to realise our connected health and prosperity vision, and in so doing significantly enhance the quality of health and social care for all the people of Northern Ireland, while at the same time boosting the local economy."