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Importance of digital advancement highlighted in NCRI plan  

By Reporter - 06th Mar 2024

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A “renewed focus” on collaborative research, and a “multi-year publication plan” are on the agenda of the National Cancer Registry (NCRI), according to its new strategic plan.

Writing in the foreword of the National Cancer Registry Strategic Plan 2024-2026, Dr Jerome Coffey, Chair of the NCRI board, also noted the other area of accelerated change, “prompted by the recent pandemic, is in digital health, with remote access to a large proportion of hospital information systems now in place.”

“This will increase in the near and medium term, with the goal of automated, real time data feeds to the Registry and faster reporting by the Registry.”

According to the text of the plan, “aligned with digital advancement, the success of this strategy depends on securing adequate funding and resources to deliver on the ambitious programme set out for NCRI to develop and enhance strong partnerships and collaborations with healthcare providers and institutions.”

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly launched the plan earlier this week.

“For 30 years, the National Cancer Registry Ireland has been helping us to better understand cancer,” said Minister Donnelly.

“Since it began nationwide cancer registration in 1994, the Registry has published annual reports on cancer incidence and epidemiology in Ireland…Since 2020, we have recognised the importance of the Registry’s functions by increasing the annual budget by 30 per cent to €4.6 million in 2024.”

The importance of digital transformation of the health service is noted in the plan.

“As we [NCRI] embark on implementation of our cancer registry’s strategy, we recognise the ever-evolving ecosystem that is the Irish health system. The anticipated advances in digital health systems are pivotal to this strategy.

“The implementation and integration of these digital systems are essential, with many of our objectives contingent on this.”

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