Press Releases 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pursuant to Sections 59 and 60 of the Health Act 2007, an Interim Order was made by Cork District Court, on 29 August 2014, cancelling the registration of Glanmire Residential Care Centre of Glyntown, Glanmire, Co Cork, as a designated centre under Part 8 of the Health Act 2007, with effect from 15:30hrs on 29 August 2014.

In accordance with Section 64 of the Health Act 2007, the HSE was directed to take charge of Glanmire Residential Care Centre from such time. The matter is returnable to Cork District Court for a final determination pursuant to Section 61 of the Health Act 2007.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has begun a nationwide public consultation on new National Standards for nursing homes and residential care settings providing services to older people.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Acting Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority, Professor Jane Grimson, has welcomed the enactment of the Health Identifiers Act 2014.

Professor Grimson said that the creation of individual health identifiers is an important step forward for people who use and provide health services in Ireland. President Michael D. Higgins enacted the legislation this month following the legislation’s passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Public feedback is being sought on two draft national guidelines for health technology assessment, published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HIQA has today published recommended referral and treatment thresholds for patients who may require pre-planned common hip and knee replacement procedures or key-hole surgery of the knee and shoulder.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Electronic prescribing and the safety of electronic communication between GPs and healthcare services has been improved with the publication today of an update to the Health Information and Quality Authority’s General Practice Messaging Standard.

The GP Messaging Standard specifies the structure and content of electronic messages. It aims to standardise the transmission of these electronic messages between general practices, secondary care and out-of-hours care, leading to safer better health information in Ireland.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority is asking for comments on draft recommended thresholds that should be met before patients are referred for selected scheduled gastrointestinal procedures.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Health research ethics is on the agenda today at an information briefing to be hosted by the Health Information and Quality Authority and the Department of Health.

Over 150 people involved in the health and social care research sector are attending the research ethics briefing which will outline national and EU developments in the area of ethical approval for health research. The forthcoming changes are to be implemented in Ireland under the supervision of HIQA.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has made recommendations to the Minister for Health regarding the adoption of a national standard for clinical terminology in Ireland, an essential building block for rolling out eHealth and for the introduction of electronic health records.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A new report published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority has identified progress in the way in which services within the University of Limerick Hospitals group are being governed and organised. However, it also highlights a number of patient safety risks in the hospital group which must be addressed as a priority.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Introduction

Chairperson, Members,

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) today announced that its Director of Health Information and Deputy Chief Executive, Professor Jane Grimson, has agreed to take on the position of Acting Chief Executive.

 Professor Grimson said, “I am delighted to have been asked to act as Acting Chief Executive of HIQA and to continue and build on the work of Tracey Cooper over the past eight years.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority and the Data Protection Commissioner have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines how both state agencies will work together to ensure that people’s health and social care personal information is protected and used appropriately.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has today published Principles of Good Practice in Medication Reconciliation to offer guidance to healthcare professionals aimed at reducing medication errors.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published its first annual overview report on the regulation of designated centres for older people.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published a 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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published for consultation draft recommended thresholds that patients should meet before they are referred for certain scheduled orthopaedic procedures.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has today launched national guidelines on stakeholder engagement in health technology assessment (HTA) following a period of public consultation.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has today published an updated catalogue of national health and social care data collections.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has today confirmed that the Board of the Authority has agreed to a request from the Minister for Health to undertake an independent investigation into the services provided by the Health Service Executive at Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. This investigation will build on the findings made by the Chief Medical Officer in his recently completed review. The investigation will include an assessment of the patient safety culture at Portlaoise.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) today announced that its Chief Executive, Tracey Cooper, is moving on to a new role in the UK after seven and a half years as the head of HIQA.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority has today published updated health technology assessment (HTA) guidelines that assist decision makers in evaluating the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of health technologies. HTA can ensure that the resources available are used as effectively as possible. The guidelines are aimed at improving the accuracy of HTAs undertaken for the Irish healthcare system.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The first Irish graduates of a course in quality improvement science, jointly run by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), today received their certificates at a ceremony in Dublin.

Friday, January 31, 2014

An overview report of hygiene inspections in public acute hospitals has been published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). The report summarises information that has been outlined in the individual reports published throughout the last 14 months.

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