Health and social care are information-intensive, generating huge volumes of data every day. It is important that such information is managed in the most effective way possible in order to ensure high-quality, safe health and social care.
Safe reliable healthcare depends on access to, and use of, information that is accurate, valid, reliable, timely, legible and complete. High-quality health information is a fundamental requirement for delivering health and social care and making healthcare planning decisions.
Health information is used to improve health and social care, to inform decision-making, monitor diseases, organise services, inform policy-making, conduct high-quality research and plan for future health and social care needs, both at national and local levels.
Although there are already a number of examples of good practice in Ireland, there are also major gaps, silos of information and duplication in the country’s health information landscape. We are working to address these challenges.
Our Health Information Directorate’s functions are summarised below.