Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:45 pm, 19th March 2013

I am very supportive of the development of innovation in healthcare.  I had the opportunity to visit C-TRIC, so I know the excellent work that goes on at that facility.  Project Kelvin brings an added dimension, with the ability to pass information very quickly to and from the United States of America in particular.  We are in an advantageous position on a lot of these things.  Northern Ireland needs to develop innovation in healthcare.  That is why we have the memorandum of understanding between Invest NI and the Department of Health, which was signed by Arlene Foster and myself.  That is why we have established an ecosystem.  That is why we have established a task and finish group between the Department of Health and Invest NI, with support from other people in business and academia, to identify how we can deliver on innovation.