Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1245)

Shane Cassells

Question:

1245. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the expenditure incurred in external information technology costs in each year since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32301/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I assume that the Deputy is referring to ICT capital expenditure which is detailed in the following tables. Table 1 details HSE and non-HSE agency expenditure for each year from 2011 to 2018. Non-HSE agency ICT capital expenditure is drawn from my Department's Vote 38 Capital Services Grants. The equivalent HSE Vote allocation for the years 2011 to 2018 is listed in Table 2.

The Deputy will note that the increasing levels of ICT expenditure shown demonstrate a focused approach to the delivery of technology where it is needed across healthcare settings and systems nationwide.

A significant portion of the capital allocation and expenditure on ICT each year is to replace and upgrade the existing ICT infrastructure and ICT systems necessary to support patient care and to provide a range of corporate ICT systems. The balance of capital expenditure on information technology is for ICT projects that support my Department's eHealth strategy, the Sláintecare reform programme and the HSE Knowledge & Information Plan, as part of a rolling annual programme of work.

Table 1: Full Year ICT Capital Expenditure 2011 to 2018

Year

Expenditure €

Expenditure €

Total

HSE

Non-HSE Agency

2011

13,739,790

191,699

13,931,489

2012

18,693,307

317,624

19,010,931

2013

39,215,446

536,826

39,752,272

2014

39,824,906

519,584

40,344,490

2015

53,352,874

1,059,038

54,411,912

2016

52,240,935

1,120,095

53,361,030

2017

54,914,782

1,139,624

56,054,406

2018

59,592,511

742,179

60,334,690

Table 2: ICT Capital Allocation for HSE 2011 to 2018

Year

HSE Vote

2011

40,000,000

2012

40,000,000

2013

40,000,000

2014

40,000,000

2015

55,000,000

2016

55,000,000

2017

55,000,000

2018

60,000,000