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EHR selection for children’s hospital still ongoing

By David Lynch - 25th Mar 2022

The selection process for the provision of an acute electronic health record (EHR) system for the New Children’s Hospital (NCH) is “still underway” more than two years after the process commenced, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. 

In February 2021, the HSE informed MI that in line with Sláintecare, the EHR for the NCH would proceed first as part of the new national EHR system. Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) went out to the market for an acute EHR in December 2019. 

More than two years later, a spokesperson for CHI told MI that the EHR vendor selection process for the NCH “is still underway” and “for legal reasons confidentiality must be maintained to ensure full integrity of the process”. 

The spokesperson added that “while we have made great progress and are eager to share results, there are still a number of very important steps ahead among CHI and prospective vendors, as well as between CHI and Government departments involved in the review of the EHR business case”. 

According to the HSE, the first acute deployment of a national EHR will be in the NCH. “The overall timeline of the deployment has been impacted by the pandemic. There is a maternal and newborn EHR in four of our maternity hospitals today.” 

Forty per cent of Irish births are now recorded and managed on the maternal and newborn clinical management system, stated the spokesperson. 

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