HIQA strongly endorses the development of new national health information policy and recognises the need for a strong health information environment, which will allow health information to be used to the greatest benefit of those involved in decision-making and, most importantly, to those using our health and social care services. It is essential that a new health information policy and associated legislation is progressed to ensure a safe, effective and person-centred approach to health and social care. This policy is a critical enabler of eHealth and integrated, patient-centred care. It is also particularly relevant in light of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to be enacted in May 2018.
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