ECPD International Fellow wins funding from Ireland's Dragons' Den
20 April 2017
International Fellow for the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD), Olive O’Connor, has secured funding for her personal health organiser, MediStori, from Ireland’s Dragons’ Den.
Olive is a social entrepreneur who has undertaken extensive national research with patients, carers and a wide range of health providers to develop an innovative personal health record system, called the MediStori.
MediStori is a diary for patients and their carers to keep track of medical history, treatments, appointments and medications all in one place. It aims to provide the sustainable monitoring of a person’s health throughout life and aims to connect the gaps in healthcare, which exist mainly because of people working in unsustainable silos in design, development and implementation of health care services.
Her innovation has been driven by her practical need to manage complex chronic conditions at home in the family, as both a patient and carer- through caring for her three children each have had complex conditions, her father who had 22 different prescribed medications, her husband who had a stroke at the age of 42, and her own complex cardiac and arthritic conditions.
This collaborative project has been supported by the Health Services Executive in Ireland, the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) , An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny and the Clinton Global Initiative in the USA, to name but a few. The key to the success of the positive outputs of the research, were not just through it as a product – but through the way in which it was given to patients at the point of care. This approach has paid off when she won the backing of the Dragons Den Ireland which aired on RTE on Sunday 16 April.
The funding will now enable Olive to deliver her MediStori nationally to patients in Ireland through local pharmacies, which will enable people who are looking for access to similar support to manage their long term conditions more effectively and independently at home. It is also available online.
Olive is an international fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development in recognition of her passion to drive, promote and educate all stakeholders on the importance of proactive health and effective sustainable collaboration in health care environments, using practical tools and training.
You can read more about Medistori here