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HSE progressing healthcare learning analytics unit

By David Lynch - 15th Nov 2022

learning analytics

The new national learning analytics unit for healthcare professionals will be developed over “three overlapping phases” between now and 2028, this newspaper has been told. 

The Medical Independent reported in January that the HSE was providing “initial seed funding” to develop the unit, which will be hosted in the College of Anaesthesiologists. 

A presentation on the then proposed unit was made to the HSE safety and quality committee in October 2021. 

According to minutes, the purpose of the unit would be “to analyse data from existing and novel sources to identify specific actionable targets, which will deliver personalised formative feedback for doctors in training, training programme quality improvement, and clinical risk mitigation at hospitals and other clinical sites”. 

According to the HSE, since January “stakeholder engagement” had continued between “four core partners”, namely the HSE, State Claims Agency, Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres for Data Analytics and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies. 

“They have contributed to a proposal made by the HSE to fund the establishment of the unit, commencing with the health estimates process for 2023,” said the spokesperson. 

They added that the unit will be a HSE entity within the remit of the Chief Clinical Officer and headquartered in the College of Anaesthesiologists in Dublin. Prof Hendrik Drachsler (Leibniz Institute, Frankfurt) has been appointed as lead advisor on learning analytics to the project. 

A steering group will be established before the end of this year. 

“To that end, positive engagement has begun with other healthcare professional bodies, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.” 

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