Health Information

Recommendations for a more integrated approach to National Health and Social Care Data Collections in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Authority has published six recommendations for a more integrated approach to national health and social care data collections.

National collections in Ireland have evolved over time in a largely uncoordinated fashion. This results in service users being asked to provide the same information on multiple occasions. This in turn prevents the safe, effective, transfer of information.

General Practice Messaging Standard

Date of publication: 
Friday, July 4, 2014

Messaging standards outline the structure, content and data requirements of electronic messages to enable the effective and accurate sharing of information. In the context of messaging standards, the term “message” refers to a unit of information that is sent from one system to another, such as between a laboratory and a general practitioner (GP). Specific messaging standards for the healthcare context, such as the GPMS, are an essential way of improving how we use technology to enable safe and effective information exchange.

HIQA recommendations SNOMED CT

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The purpose of this report is to provide advice to the Minister for Health on adopting SNOMED CT as a national standard for Ireland, including the implications of such a decision. SNOMED CT is a terminology system that can be implemented in computer systems to represent clinically relevant information reliably and reproducibly.
Clinical coding is ‘the translation of medical terminology as written by the clinician to describe a patient’s complaint, problem, diagnosis, treatment or reason for seeking medical attention, into a coded format’ which is nationally and internationally recognised.

International review on the use of information for the regulation of health and social care

Date of publication: 
Friday, April 25, 2014

Review of international regulators and quality improvement agencies which explores how these organisations use information in their work to improve health and social care services in their jurisdictions.

Catalogue of National Health and Social Care Data Collections

Date of publication: 
Monday, March 10, 2014

These collections gather large volumes of data to provide information on Irish health and social care services, and this catalogue combines information about them in a single location. The Catalogue of National Health and Social Care Data Collections was first published in 2010 and included 97 data collections. This updated version includes 108 collections, reflecting a number of new additions, while others that appeared previously are no longer in operation.

National Standard Demographic Dataset and Guidance for use in health and social care settings in Ireland Version 1.1

Date of publication: 
Friday, December 20, 2013

The purpose of this document is to remove the duplication and variation within and between service providers when collecting patients’ and service users’ demographic data. It will also assist all service providers to collect standard core data about patients and service users. Version 1.1 includes some minor updates and clarifications.

Guidance on Classification and Terminology Standards for Ireland

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This guidance aims to provide the health information community with an understanding of the systems and factors which need to be considered when adopting a classification or terminology.

National Standard Demographic Dataset and Guidance for use in health and social care settings in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Friday, October 25, 2013

The purpose of this document is to remove the duplication and variation within and between service providers when collecting patients’ and service users’ demographic data. It will also assist all service providers to collect standard
core data about patients and service users.

National Standard for Patient Discharge Summary Information

Date of publication: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013

This National Standard will provide guidance to hospital staff on the specific information they need to include on discharge summaries after an inpatient stay, making the patient’s transition back to the community smoother, safer and more efficient.

Overview of Healthcare Interoperability Standards

Date of publication: 
Thursday, July 11, 2013

This report features a thorough overview of healthcare interoperability standards in Ireland and elsewhere. These standards allow health information to be shared electronically to help patients and health professionals make decisions based on the best available information.

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