The Council of Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs) was established in March 2015 to provide clinical governance to the delivery of eHealth solutions and in particular the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Programme.

The HSE have recently instituted some changes to the CCIO management team, and as part of this Dr Seamus MacSuibhne (a Consultant Psychiatrist) has been appointed as an ARCH-liaison to help us with access and promotion of our research within the CCIO and wider HSE clinical population.

“I am extremely impressed with the blend of enthusiasm and experience of the CCIO members and and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing work.”  Dr Seamus MacSuibhne

Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer, HSE added

“it is great to have people willing to participate in the management of the CCIO, this group is really valuable to the Office of the CIO and to Irish healthcare system. To have a structured way for clinicians and healthcare professionals to fully participate and share their experience and knowledge to really important and can only improve services for patients in the long run”

This is a welcome step that will further strengthen existing linkages between the HSE and ARCH to facilitate and promote transparent research into eHealth from a clinical point of view. ARCH is already partnering with the CCIOs and the HSE on a research project as the eHealth strategy is being rolled out. The goals of this project are to understand how Connected Health implementation happens ‘in the wild’ and to explore issues of clinical engagement; sustainable adoption of new Connected Health solutions and processes; enablers and barriers to organisational change and innovation. More information on this project can be found here: An Analysis of the HSE’s eHealth Implementation.

Further details about new CCIO resources can be found on the eHealth Ireland website.