Pharma Managers Series – High Tech Hub

Venue Clarion Liffey Valley Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin
Date Thursday, June 28th , 2018
Time 7:30 am - 9:00 am

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In December 2017, the HSE in collaboration with the Irish Pharmacy Union, began a phased implementation of the High Tech Hub, which will increase across various therapy areas. 

The High Tech Hub was created in response to the significant annual increasing expenditure on the High-Tech Drugs Scheme – with spending rising by almost 10% between 2016 and 2017.  The Hub aims to reduce the value of high-tech medicine stock that does not have an active patient, and to reduce the levels of out-of-date stock held in pharmacies.

Join us on June 28th as Anne Marie Hoey and Carmel Burke will give an overview of the High Tech Hub, how the implementation plan is going, and the next therapy areas and drugs to be included in the scheme. 

This will be an invaluable opportunity to meet with a senior member of the PCRS and gain visibility of the plans for the High Tech Hub. 


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Anne Marie Hoey, Assistant National Director, PCRS

Anne Marie Hoey is Assistant National Director for Primary Care Reimbursement and Eligibility.  The HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Service supports the delivery of a wide range of primary care services to the general public, through over 7,100 primary care contractors across a range of community health schemes. The annual budget for PCRS is €2.560 bn. The National Medical Card Unit /eligibility function assesses and grants eligibility for schemes including medical cards and doctor visit cards where the current client base is 2.084 m people.

The primary care schemes form the infrastructure through which the Irish Health System delivers a significant proportion of Primary Care to the public.  Anne Marie has previously worked across a range of HSE services in community and acute hospitals.



Carmel Burke, Head of Operations, HSE PCRS

Carmel Burke is Head of Operations for Reimbursement, Primary Care Reimbursement Service. Carmel’s team is responsible for processing and making payments to some 7,100 primary care contractors on a monthly basis, and also the High Tech Co-ordination Unit which manages the High Tech arrangement and issues payments, totalling approx. €600 million per annum to High Tech suppliers.

She has worked in a number of functions across the organisation including the area of Statistics & Investigations.



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Date: 28/06/2018