A €5m Government-backed centre, which will develop new connected technology for use in the healthcare sector, is to be officially launched today.

Connected Health involves connecting communications systems such as broadband, fixed line and mobile phones, with medical devices and treatments like sensors, monitors and analytical software.

By using such technology, healthcare staff can remotely gather data on, monitor and treat their patients.

The aim is to make healthcare more personalised and information-based, thereby improving patient experiences and reducing costs.

The new Applied Research for Connected Health Technology Centre, or ARCH, will be hosted at University College Dublin with input from University of Limerick and other third-level institutions.

It will also have close ties with industry, with 15 companies signed up to work with and help steer the research agenda at the centre.

It has already been carrying out research in the area of dementia, and will now move on to a broader range of clinical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

ARCH is one of 15 technology centres being funded by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland, with support from IDA Ireland.