National Engagement on Digital Health and Social Care - Professional Survey

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is carrying out a National Engagement on Digital Health and Social Care in partnership with the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE). The engagement is being conducted in the context of EU targets where the public will have electronic access to their medical records by 2030 and it will inform the forthcoming Health Information Bill. In addition, under the Sláintecare health reform programme, the Government has goals around using digital technologies in health and social care.

If you work in dentistry, medicine, nursing or midwifery, pharmacy, pre-hospital emergency care, psychology, or are registered with CORU (Ireland's multi-profession health regulator), please complete the online survey.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many accelerated changes in how people interact with health and social care services. People booked vaccination appointments online, recorded positive tests through the HSE website, or had their vaccination certificate on smart phones. Health professionals started consulting with the people they treat or care for on video or telephone calls rather than having in-person appointments. In addition, the cyber-attack in the HSE brought about potential changes in attitudes to eHealth information technologies.

It is important to seek the views of the public and professionals in health and social care on these changes. Therefore, the National Engagement on Digital Health and Social Care aims to understand the opinions and attitudes of professionals and the public in relation to the digitalisation of health and social care.

On 4 September, we launched the online survey aimed at professionals in health and social care. It will be open for five weeks. A telephone survey with the public was carried out during June and July.

For more information, see the FAQs below.

The results of the national engagement will be used by: 

  • HIQA to identify what professionals and the public see as the purpose of digital health information and services as well as benefits and barriers to development
  • HIQA to inform the development of recommendations on technical implementation
  • the Department of Health and the HSE to help develop strategies, policies, and legislation in relation to digital health and social care.
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