CCIO Summer School

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.

Summer school Day 1


Summer School Day 2

Key Take-home Messages from the CCIO Network Summer School

  • Benefits need to be defined from the start of each project/programme and dis-benefits so that they can be tracked, managed and realised. ICT benefits are often not realised until years after the system is in place!
  • Highly skilled medical and nursing staff need ease of access and entry to data – interoperability and one entry of information only is necessary for new innovations to be harnessed.
  • Failures are stepping stones to success – learn from them! Mistakes will shape your future innovation, and provide an opportunity to innovate even more.
  • Clinical and CIO engagement from start to finish and at all stages is fundamental to getting packages to work.
  • Make sure that all new projects and solutions keep the engaged and empowered patient at the centre of innovation.
  • Hospitals without walls – systems should apply to clients regardless of locations, so pay attention to the client and cater for all health contact points and not just within hospital walls. Links with Community and Primary Care are critical, especially at transitions of care.
  • Think outside the box, or push ideas further out – look to the use of secondary data to deliver new, sensitive information or run connectathons to only engage with the very best service providers.
  • Current eHealth strategies are providing patient care through technology, and is opening the conversation towards patient centred healthcare at long last. Our next steps are to make sure that the empowered patient receives personalised care and that they have control over who they want to share their data with.




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