By @SimonCocking.  Interesting insights from Richard Corbridge, CIO, HSE who is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and using technology to deliver meaningful engagement and benefit. See more by him here and reserve your place to hear him speak at the Ammeon Transform IT Breakfast Briefing on April 26th, 2017 here

What are you currently working on?

The whole team is going through a restructure at the moment. We are looking at the operating model in place for digital health in Ireland and considering how to make it deliver at a quicker pace whilst remaining structured and governed appropriately. The ‘do more for less’ story rings true in all public sector environments, but is especially relevant for health, we need to do more and more for less!

How was the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

2016 was an amazingly fast paced year for us. So much was achieved, but so much of it was in the later stages of the year. It did feel like all the hard work paid off in the end but it was a long hard slog to get there. Engagement in Ireland in digital health is stronger than anywhere else I have looked at. That is down to the efforts of the team to ensure that there is ‘buy in’ to what digital can do to aid the delivery of efficient and integrated care. Projects like the Lighthouse projects in 2016 illustrated the art of the possible and built enthusiasm for what we can achieve and how.

What are your plans for 2017?

We want to build on the success of the last two years. A great deal has been achieved by a highly committed and innovative team.  We want to be ready to go out to procurement for an EHR ( Electronic Health Records ) if at all possible by the end of the year. That’s going to be a challenge but one we are confident we can achieve. The continued implementation of the pillars of the Knowledge and Information plan are important to us. We want to open the doors wider to new and innovative solutions that can change the way health is delivered in Ireland.

What will you be talking about at this event?

How to inspire a group of people in what digital can do, whilst maintaining credibility for day to day delivery. We want to put our message out there and get some help in return. Story-telling and sharing is powerful and we want to see what others think of our journey to help us develop it further.

What inspired you to present at Ammeon’s Breakfast Briefing?

The title, ‘Delivering Innovation in Tight Spaces’. I loved the idea of trying to define our tight space and then understanding how others would make this work. The tight space for us is created by history, funding, resources and attitudes, our delivery model also presents us with a challenge.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

DigitalHealth.net and CIO.co.uk for me are hugely influential. Social media plays such a big part in all that we do at the moment. Clinicians get a great deal from the connectivity of platforms like Twitter for real-time answers to questions and the discussion of key issues. The CIO100 here in Ireland and in the EU is a great starting point for a ready-made network of experts as is the #HIT100 list for technologists specifically interested in health technology.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Twitter for me personally, @R1chardatron or the eHealth Ireland website.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

The most important thing for us in 2017 has to be the ability to deliver the first patient access to digital information, to truly put patient information in their own hands.

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See more about Richard here

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Since December 2014, Richard has been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In these two years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare.

For the last three years Richard has been named in the top ten most influential CIOs in Europe list by CIO magazine. In 2016 he was listed in the top 25 in the global HIT100 list, as well as being listed in the top 100 global influencers for digital health by Hot Topics magazine. Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at:@R1chardatron


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