The day opened with Chief Clinical Information Officer Yvonne Goff welcoming all delegates and reminding us of the leading role the Council of Clinical Information Officers is taking to deliver technology that is clinically led and patient focused in Ireland. Yvonne spoke next of the quarterly eHealth Ireland Ecosystem events which continue to re-enforce connections between eHealth stakeholders – attracting and encouraging participation from clinicians, researchers, patient organisations, start-ups, and innovators. She told the gathered members that the expert is in all of us who have ideas to deliver enhanced healthcare and the key to building on this is working together in partnership. The Electronic Health Record was identified as our main priority and Yvonne stressed the importance of continued clinical input in driving the initiative forward. Upcoming initiatives such as the online Innovation in Healthcare Repository and Clinical Risk Management Framework were outlined before Yvonne finished by welcoming our first speaker of the day Eamon Coyne.
As Ireland’s national eHealth programme develops, there is a growing need for clinical leaders to take a step forward to guide digital transformation. Rolling out Ireland’s eHealth programme requires consideration of national and local requirements across integrated platforms. Clinicians within hospitals, primary and community services will know the clinical workflows that are required to provide integrated care to the local population. A clinical service in the heart of Dublin will differ from a remote community based service in Donegal. As we already know, tailoring a digital healthcare system to the local workflows and needs of the patient and service user is key to realising the benefits of health information technology and making best use of digital systems for the benefit of patients.
The HSE eHealth Ireland team in partnership with the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore are delighted to announce an eHealth Connect event at the Research and Education Centre, Scott Building, Midlands Regional Hospital Campus.
The Digital Health CCIO Summer School took place in July. Council members of Ireland had the opportunity to attend the two day event at the University of Manchester. This provided the unique opportunity for CCIOs from Australia, the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and many other countries, to learn, network and build upon the delivery of the very best eHealth solutions. Here are the top ten lessons our Council members brought home.
The CCIO Summer School takes place this July. Council members of Ireland had the opportunity to attend last years event in the picturesque University of Leeds. This provided the opportunity for CCIOs from Australia, the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom, amongst many other countries, to learn, network and build upon the delivery of the very best eHealth solutions. We thought this would be a good time to look back at last year’s event.
Time to catch up! The recent Future Health Summit 2017 was awash with international Health IT experts, and we were delighted to hear from them at the Council’s session. However before we go abroad, I’d like to highlight two local projects which were presented to us, showing that Ireland is already innovating and developing. So take a couple of minutes to read through this resumé of the event, and make a note of what might excite you!
The Garden Shed
Our Chief Information Officer (CIO), Richard Corbridge, recently wrote a blog about being locked in the garden shed and I wondered if part of a Chief Clinical Information Officer’s (CCIO) role is spending time in the garden also – but not locked in the shed, instead down among the weeds.