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The need to reform Ireland’s national health information system

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A modern, robust national health information system is required to support the delivery of an integrated and safe health and social care system for Ireland. This report provides a broad overview of the health information system in Ireland and sets out an argument for reform by illustrating the areas of good practice and also the shortcomings that exist.

HIQA is making six recommendations on reform and emphasise three key enablers as being the foundation of a robust health information system – a national health information strategy, strong governance and leadership to ensure accountability of our national health information system that is underpinned by legislation. Without these core enablers, a well-functioning health information system is difficult to achieve.

Further to this, a secure Health IT infrastructure and national standards to support the collection, use and sharing of health information and an appropriate workforce for managing health information is required, all of which are discussed throughout this report.

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