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Tender launched for Bipolar Lighthouse projects

The Bipolar Disorder Lighthouse Project is one of the three Lighthouse projects being piloted under the eHealth strategy for Ireland, specifically looking at the use of the planned electronic health record (EHR). The solution requested will be tested in three community-based clinical sites as a pilot study initially.

‘The Lighthouse projects have all moved forward at a great pace in 2016, delivering different, clinically-focused benefits and results. They have become a great platform for us to learn and build our experiences ahead of an EHR for Ireland, they have enabled us to engage clinical staff and patients in the benefits of what eHealth can do for specific disease areas,” HSE CIO Mr Richard Corbridge told the Medical Independent (MI).

“Globally, mental health does not have the wealth of solutions in place to support it, and bipolar in particular is a new area for technology to deploy solutions to support it. The solutions suggested by partners and vendors so far bring exciting prospects to what can be made available to clinicians and patients to support the delivery of care in this crucial area.”

Also speaking to MI, HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer Ms Yvonne Goff said: “Clinical leadership of the Lighthouse projects has been essential from inception to delivery. This is particularly evident in the bipolar arena, where the clinical leadership has been able to shape the entire project and ensure it moves forward at a rate that delivers benefits to patients quickly and brings about an opportunity to learn lessons that can be applied throughout the delivery of care in mental health.”

The tender details are available at

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