Clinical engagement is a significant part of the eHealth Ireland programme. The CIO of the HSE has placed the focus at the heart of the new structure of technology delivery ensuring that the operating model reflects the HSE's own clinical structures.
Globally, the theme that quickly emerges when examining why clinical IT programmes have failed is that, to be successful, IT projects need to be led by the business and must engage the business in the delivery of a change. It is so important that clinicians are supported to take leadership roles in digitising health. This can be a lonely business and the support and learning that can be derived from engaging with clinicians facing challenges is critical to success.
- Yvonne Goff, HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer
Dr. Áine Carroll, National Director Clinical Strategy and Programmes for the HSE sets out the interdependence of clinical improvement and eHealth:
In order to deliver truly patient centred, safe and excellent integrated care, we need integrated information management and technology. Technology allows better access to accurate information, quick and efficient sharing of patient information which releases more time to treat patients. It allows access to potentially life-saving patient information and faster access to relevant information. Perhaps more importantly, it allows individuals to better manage their own health and become active participants in planning for their own needs. In short, connected health is better health.