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EHR business case is still unapproved two years on

The cost of introducing the system could reach €1 billion, with estimates based on market engagements conducted in 2015 and 2016 projecting a cost of up to €875 million over five years.

Although there has been little progress in the development of the system, which would facilitate the creation of electronic patient records in healthcare, a report is expected shortly on the Acute Hospital EHR business case.

A spokesperson for the Department told the Medical Independent (MI) that the overall business case included several components, such as the Acute Hospital EHR, a Community EHR (including primary care), and the Shared Care Record.

“Work has continued on the EHR project with the development of the full Acute Hospital EHR business case, which is currently subject to a peer review process in the Office of the Chief Information Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This review is currently being conducted and will report shortly. Work is also continuing on the detailed business cases for the community and shared care elements of the EHR,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the HSE has announced that it will commence a procurement process from July for an EHR system in acute hospitals.

An acute EHR operational solution “will support the delivery of care in the acute hospital sector”.

All Hospital Groups and their constituent hospitals are within the scope of the programme, according to the HSE.

“The individual procurement process required to deliver the totality of this aspect of the EHR solution will be advertised in due course,” HSE documents reveal.

In advance of the procurement, “a market engagement seminar” will take place in July to provide potential suppliers with an overview of the acute EHR system and planned procurement processes. 

The seminar will also seek the views of the market on “potential service delivery models”.

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