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Work begins on e-health system for National Rehabilitation Hospital

The new facility is set to open in early 2020 and deliver a “paper-light environment” as part of efforts to introduce an electronic healthcare record (EHR) in Ireland.

The HSE is planning to conduct a literature review to support the development of the EHR programme and inform the design and implementation of the CMS-SCS and subsequent national acute community EHR programmes.

The review, which will run to 20,000 words and cost €25,000, is due to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Work has already begun on the new NRH and the hospital is working with the HSE on implementing the CMS-SCS, a system that will allow clinicians to manage patient clinical information, rehabilitation prescriptions and care delivery.

According to the HSE, the NRH “intends to complete implementation of the CMS-SCS in line with the opening of the new facility, as it is considered paramount in enabling the organisation to maximise efficiencies in the services that it delivers”.

The review will convey “key national and international knowledge, learning and considerations for EHR planning, design, development and implementation. This is to include barriers to and enablers of EHR planning, design, development and implementation.”

It will also propose a process for the transition of paper-based clinical documentation to a digital environment and outline success criteria and key performance indicators that are to be used to measure the success of the application of the framework.

A HSE business case for the introduction of an EHR across the healthcare system is due to be approved by the Department of Health before the end of the year.

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