Following on from a series of awareness raising initiatives, starting at eHealth Week in 2013 and culminating at the HISI Annual Conference in November 2015, the HSE and Department of Health appointed the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI), partnered by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), to assist the HSE in establishing, developing and managing the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem.
The eHealth Ireland Strategy defines an eHealth Ecosystem as “a network that encompasses the key stakeholders involved in delivering eHealth deployments providing a common platform for interfacing and rapid access to information and transactions between them. Such a network brings together diverse players who would otherwise be disjointed by facilitating seamless digital flows among them for exchange and reuse of health information.”
A series of Ecosystem events has brought key stakeholders together, providing the HSE a platform to share best practice and developments in priority areas and garner feedback and viewpoints from a diverse representation of delegates from third-level and research institutions, HSE, patient representative groups, hospitals, investors, industry, service providers and software vendors.
Each event is organised to focus on key, strategic areas that support the eHealth Strategy for Ireland. To date, there have been workshops on ePharmacy, Electronic Health Records and the Lighthouse projects around Epilepsy, Haemophilia and Bipolar Disorder, among others.
Each event also provides an opportunity for discussion and delegate interaction through panel debates, round-table discussions, expert Q&A and networking sessions. Delegates’ opinions and experiences help to inform the development of eHealth policy and practice.
The eHealth Ireland Ecosystem has established itself in the last year as an integral element of the HSE’s person-centred eHealth engagement strategy.
For more information and to see details of past and upcoming Ecosystem events, please visit the eHealth Ireland website.
The Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) builds bridges between computer professionals interested in health care, and health care professionals interested in computing – while supporting and embracing the new professionals of healthcare informatics.
The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) is the leading membership organisation in Europe bringing together health authorities, health providers, industry and academia to develop and deploy products and services to provide better care and economic opportunities.