Carlo-based business HelloCare, a digital health innovation start-up whose founders include NetWatch’s David Walsh and Niall Kelly, was the only Irish company to participate in the prestigious SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) lab in Davos, Switzerland last week. was invited to.
Johnnie Walker, another co-founder, said he began working with Walsh and Kelly six years ago to develop sustainable ways to care for older people.
Walker, an Australian, said the aim was to change how we care for people at a time when health workers are in short supply and the population is aging. They have developed technology that can help older people connect with friends and family, as well as monitor health and safety. It is supported by the company’s CareHub of Medical Staff in Carlo. “There are few diseases that we can safely manage from home, rather than taking that person to the hospital,” he said last week.
HelloCare CEO Sarah Jane O’Dwyer, herself a critical care nurse, said the service can support the private and public health system and the company is lobbying for greater use of digitally supported homecare in HSEs .
It is starting with a project on aged care with HSE in July and is also working on projects with public hospitals.
The company, which was founded a year and a half ago, now has 30 employees and plans to double that in two years. A fund-raising with a commission with a body such as the HSE or the NHS is planned over the next six to six months.
Aer Lingus files claim against Swissport in US
Aer Lingus has been embroiled in a dispute with Swissport over alleged damage to the wing of one of its planes.
Legal documents filed in the US show Aer Lingus seeking compensatory damages from the airline company.
It claims that Swissport employees were pulling down a plane in May 2018 when they damaged a winglet that had to be replaced and repaired, causing approximately $70,000 in damage. It said Swissport has not definitively responded to its claim, or reimbursed it.
Swissport said it would not comment on the pending litigation.
Aer Lingus did not respond to a request for comment.
Increase in sales of oral care sisters
Entrepreneur Galway sisters Lisa and Vanessa Creven’s Spotlight Oral Care has certainly improved sales.
According to its most recent results, for the year ended June 2021, the oral healthcare products company’s turnover increased from €10m to over €16.6m.
Despite the jump in sales, Spotlight reported a pre-tax loss of just over €3m, up from a loss of around €648,000 in 2020.
Last year, Spotlight raised €12m in funding.