eHealth & Project Ireland 2040

eHealthIreland welcomes commitment to the provision of digital health services outlined in the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 which is part of Project Ireland 2040.

Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy initiative which is informed by the Programme for a Partnership Government 2016, as well as by the National Planning Framework to 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027.

The relevant section of the National Development plan is copied below (from page 91 of this document)

“Sláintecare Reform – eHealth and ICT the National Development Plan will support the provision of digital health services, including the development of electronic health records in many health care settings such as the New Children’s Hospital over the 10-year implementation timescale and reflects what was envisaged in the eHealth strategy for Ireland. This vision is also set out and supported in the Sláintecare report. Digital health services will enable the right information about the right patients to be available securely in the right health care setting at the right time. This will allow doctors and nurses to enhance patient safety and will also support, in time, patients being able to securely access their own health data. Digital health implementations envisage a range of systems to underpin patient safety, efficiency and the critical building blocks required to support integrated care across our health system. The National Development Plan will also fund the on-going investment in healthcare ICT to support a range of functions including electronic patient record systems, radiology, laboratory and diagnostic facilities. Building on the recent successful roll out of the Maternal and Newborn System, NDP investment will support the implementation of similar systems in many other health care settings across the acute, primary and community care areas. ICT systems such as electronic prescribing and tele-health will directly improve patient services allowing chronic disease to be managed in a more patient centred environment at community level including in patient’s homes”

Commenting on this development Jane Carolan, Interim CIO of the HSE said

We are delighted to see eHealth feature so strongly in the government’s plans for the future. This clear and continued commitment ensures that we can continue to build a digital fabric for the citizens of Ireland. eHealth Ireland will be enabling connected health through digital, supporting the building of a better health service.

You can find out more about this plan and the broader framework here