Ireland Health Tech Facts and Statistics

Have you ever wondered about the state of health tech in Ireland? Today we wanted to sort the facts from the fiction, so here’s what you need to know about Ireland’s health tech industry based on the facts.

  • Ireland medical technology (med tech) industry generated roughly €12.6 billion in exports annually and still growing, representing 8% of Ireland’s total merchandise exports. [1]

  • Over 38,000 people in Ireland are directly employed for the med tech industry in Ireland, making it the sixth highest EU country with direct employment in the industry. [2]

  • With approximately 79 people directly employed in med tech industry for every 10,000 Irish, Ireland is the greatest employer of med tech professionals in Europe. [3]

  • There are as many as 450 med tech companies in Ireland, including 9 of the world’s top 10 med tech companies. [4]

  • 5 out of 7 of the world’s top 10 technology companies have a base in Ireland. [5]

  • Mater Private hospitals in Cork and Dublin has performed more than 2,000 robotic-assisted surgeries. [6]

  • 1 in 4 graduates of higher education came from STEM source. [7]

  • Ireland boast the strongest availability in the EU of skilled workers capable of filling technology roles. [8]

  • It is expected that 4000 more jobs in Ireland’s med tech industry will be added by 2020. [9]

  • Ireland is one of the most connected countries worldwide. [10]

  • Ireland is the second largest exporter of med tech products from the EU and the seventh largest in the world in 2014. [11]

  • 33% of the world’s contact lenses, 80% of global stent production, 75% of global orthopaedic knee production, 50% of ventilators used in acute hospital and 25% injectable devices for diabetics comes out of Ireland. [12]

  • Now that you know these facts, which one of these facts surprised you the most? Let us know in the comment! Also, if you have an interesting fact about Ireland’s healthcare, don’t forget to share it with us. We’d love to learn from you!

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