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Review of information management practices for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) within the HSE

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This review is part of an overall review programme being undertaken by HIQA to assess compliance with the Information Management Standards in all major national health and social care data collections within the HSE in Ireland.

The recent Sláintecare report and implementation strategy on the future of healthcare identifies the importance of quality health data and information as a key enabler to drive improvements in the quality of healthcare in Ireland. It is, therefore, crucially important that information is managed in the most effective way possible in order to ensure a high-quality safe health service.

Ultimately, the review programme aims to drive quality improvements by identifying areas of good practice and areas where improvements are necessary across national data collections

NIMS is the national information system for reporting and managing incidents across the HSE and HSE-funded services in Ireland. One of the HSE’s most important health information systems, NIMS is used for patient safety monitoring and learning by the HSE and for risk management, litigation and claims by the State Claims Agency (SCA).