Over the past thirty years, Healthcare Informatics has developed from a narrow cross-disciplinary interest to a discipline in its own right. More and more universities across the world have established Departments of Informatics within their Medical Faculties; and in Ireland too we have a growing number of full-time Healthcare Informatics professionals, in hospitals, on health boards, in universities and in service companies.
The Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) incorporates the Healthcare Informatics section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Thus, the Healthcare Informatics Society is in a position to build 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. There are currently over 700 members drawn from information technology, medicine, nursing, other professions allied to medicine, education, government and industry.
The Objectives, as set out in the Constitution, are:
The officers of the society are:
|President:||Prof. Gerard Lyons||National University of Ireland, Galway|
|Chair:||Prof. Mary Sharp||Trinity College, Dublin.|
|Secretary:||Dr. Rita Collins||University College, Dublin|
The members of the executive committee are:
|Prof. Neil O'Hare (Chair)||University College, Dublin|
|Mary Cleary||Irish Computer Society|
|Prof. Mary Sharp||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Dave Wall||Tallaght Hospital|
|Clare Harney||Irish Medical & Surgical Trade Association|
|Kay O'Mahony||SSW Hospital Group|
|Suzanne Brown IMS||Mater|
|Dr. Conor Malone||Sligo University Hospital|
|Siobhain Duggan||GS1 Ireland|
|Dermot Cullinane||St Vincent's Hospital|
The Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland:
HISI supports the Health Informatics Training System (HITS), an online certification solution for all healthcare workers using technology in the healthcare sector.
HISI also endorses Irish Council for Health Informatics Professions (ICHIP), Ireland's foremost Register for Health Informatics Professionals.
If you would like to contact an Officer of the Society or a member of the Executive Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1976 to 1996, Healthcare Informatics interests in the Republic of Ireland were represented by the Medical Specialist Group of the Irish Computer Society. This group represented Ireland at the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). It hosted the European Medical Informatics conference, MIE 82, and was associated with the IMIA Working Group 8 international symposium on Nursing Informatics held in Dublin in 1988.
In May 1996 the members of the Medical Specialist Group formed a new society, the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland (Cumann Ríomheolais Sláinte), in order to broaden the base of membership and increase the range of services offered.
The Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland was inaugurated formally at its First Annual Conference in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday 10th October 1996.