Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (771)

John McGuinness


771. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the national eHealth strategy; the cost to date of setting up the project; the cost to date of consultants relative to the project; the cost of contract workers to date; the number of staff involved from set-up to date; where the project is based; the name of the person responsible for its development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22519/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The eHealth Strategy for Ireland was published in December 2013. The strategy sets out how the individual citizen, the Irish healthcare delivery system, both public and private and the economy as a whole can benefit from eHealth.

The strategy envisages that a new entity called “eHealth Ireland” is to be established, initially on an administrative basis, within the System Reform Group of the HSE. Over time this new organisation will be formed as an independent entity within the new institutional framework envisaged for the health sector as a whole. eHealth Ireland will be led by a Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Health Sector who will work closely with all of the key business organisations within the health service, in order to drive forward the eHealth strategy and ensure that key IT systems are implemented on time and to budget. The post of CIO will be advertised shortly.

No project costs have been incurred to date.