By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Department of Health and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, HSE (Health Service Executive) are holding the second health information seminar entitled “National Health Information – Better data, better decisions” on Wednesday the 4th October 2017 in Dublin Castle.

How many years has it been going?

The first “National Health Information – Better data, better decisions” seminar was held on the 1st March 2017. Following the success of this seminar we have decided to hold a second seminar on the 4th October 2017 to continue to engage with the health information community in Ireland.

What was the inspiration to start it?

The aim of the first seminar was to provide an opportunity for those working in national health and social care data collections in Ireland to meet, engage with, and learn from one another. National health and social care data collections play a crucial role in the Irish health system by providing a national overview of a particular health or social care service. In turn, they inform policy and decision-making for future health and social care needs. While the first seminar focussed on driving quality improvements in national data collections, this second seminar will focus on national health information policy in Ireland.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

This second “National Health Information – Better data, better decisions” seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to provide input into national health information policy that is currently being developed by the Department of Health. While this is relevant in light of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is also a critical enabler of eHealth and integrated, patient-centred care.

HIQA will provide an update on current initiatives to drive improvements in national health information and Richard Corbridge, the Chief Information Officer of the HSE will provide an update on the implementation of the eHealth strategy in Ireland.

A number of international speakers will take part in the seminar. Tobi Henderson from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) will present current developments in relation to health information in Canada and CIHI’s new Information Quality Framework. Natalie Banner from the Wellcome Trust (UK) will speak about their new initiative ‘Understanding Patient Data’ which aims to support discussions with the public, patients and healthcare professionals about the use of health data and information.

 What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

We look forward to welcoming a wide range of participants on the day. We recommend that attendees use this opportunity to engage with their colleagues and to learn from one another. In particular, we encourage attendees to participate in the afternoon discussion session, where they will have the opportunity to input into the development of national health information policy in Ireland.

 How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Registration for this event is free; to register and to view the full agenda please click here.

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

HIQA will be launching updated Guidance on Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Health and Social Care Sector on the day. In addition, the third revision of the Catalogue for National Health and Social Care Data Collections will be launched at the seminar.

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