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eHealth Ireland awards €90,000 contract to KPMG in the next phase of EHR preparation work

KPMG is being asked to help design a number of ‘user personas’, which the wider health system and public will also have input into. The personas will be given to the vendors competing in the EHR procurement process, HSE Chief Information Officer Mr Richard Corbridge told the Medical Independent (MI). The vendors will be asked to show how their EHR vision will benefit and be used by the different personas, which will include six patients and six clinicians and system administrators.

The EHR business case is currently with the Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform awaiting financial approval, having been already approved by the HSE board. As revealed by MI earlier this year, the EHR will cost approximately €875 million to roll-out over a 10-year period.

Pilot EHRs are currently being trialled through a small number of projects, including the three Lighthouse projects in the areas of epilepsy, haemophilia and bipolar disorder, as well as the Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS).

The MN-CMS project will see the implementation of an EHR for all women and babies in maternity services in Ireland. Next month, the first MN-CMS sites, Cork University Maternity Hospital and the maternity services in University Hospital Kerry, will go live.

Meanwhile, eHealth Ireland has prepared a proposal document for Minister for Health Simon Harris to help address the ongoing hospital waiting list challenge, where over 530,000 patients are currently waiting for an inpatient, outpatient or endoscopy appointment across the public system.

The document, seen by MI, proposes allowing patients to have secure online access to their referrals. The proposed online portal would allow patients to view and manage their referral, including changing appointment times and dates or advising the hospital that they no longer require a referral.

An eTriage system is also proposed, which would better stratify referrals by urgency into routine or emergency appointments, or refer the patient back to the community for more appropriate treatment.

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