Health Information

The Health Information Directorate is responsible for developing a coherent and integrated approach to health information, based on standards and international best practice.

Information can be lost, documentation is poor, and there is over-reliance on memory. Equally, those responsible for planning our services can experience difficulty in bringing together information in order to make informed decisions. Variability in practice leads to variability in outcomes and increased cost of care. The Health Information Directorate is working towards addressing these challenges.

The Health Information and Quality Authority has responsibility for setting standards for all aspects of health information and monitoring compliance with those standards. In addition the Authority is charged with evaluating the quality of the information available on health and social care and making recommendations in relation to improving the quality and filling in gaps where information is needed but is not currently available.

The projects conducted by Health Information Directorate are: