28 Aug 2014

Issue 2 of our newsletter for the family and friends of those living in residential care centres in Ireland

30 Jul 2014

Older people should be supported to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible in their own homes. However, there are some older people who will require placement in residential care, including nursing homes, when their needs cannot be met at home or in the community.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (the Authority) aims to promote continuous improvement in the quality and safety of the residential services provided to people living in residential care.

11 Jul 2014

Revised health technology assessment (HTA) guidelines that assist decision makers in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of health technologies.

11 Jul 2014

Revised health technology assessment (HTA) guidelines that assist decision makers in evaluating the budget impact of health technologies.

10 Jul 2014

Public feedback is being sought on draft national guidelines on the retrieval and interpretation of economic evaluations and on updated clinical effectiveness guidelines for health technology assessment. The consultation will run until 29 August 2014.

8 Jul 2014

Following a request from the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Authority has undertaken a series of health technology assessments (HTAs) examining clinical referral and treatment thresholds for selected scheduled procedures. This is the third round of assessments, and follows previous assessments published in April and December 2013.

4 Jul 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.

2 Jul 2014

In the latest phase in a series of health technology assessments (HTAs) of referral thresholds for selected procedures, HIQA is looking at selected scheduled gastrointestinal procedures. A consultation on these draft recommended referral thresholds will run until29 August 2014.

25 Jun 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.

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