The Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) has published a report into the findings from the public consultation on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) conducted by eHealth Ireland earlier this year. The consultation sought to capture the opinions of both healthcare professionals and the public with regard to the potential roll-out of EHRs in Ireland.

The report was conducted by Andrew Staunton and Dr Maria Quinlan. Speaking about the report Dr Maria Quinlan said:

“The overall sentiment amongst respondents to the public consultation is that electronic health records are a good thing. They are perceived as being an essential requirement to improve patient safety, to assist healthcare professionals in carrying-out their work more efficiently, and to empower citizens to better self-manage their healthcare experience. Respondents also provide very valuable insight into the potential barriers which may challenge the implementation of such a system, including issues of data privacy and stakeholder engagement”.

Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Office added:

“Research on this topic is very useful and gives us insights into how EHR is viewed by healthcare professionals and the public. It explores both the benefits and potential challenges for implementation. We want to put the patient in the centre of all we do, so it is important that we are able to consult with healthcare professionals and the public as we progress to implement EHR. It is encouraging to see that 93% of respondents indicated that they understand what an EHR is and that they believe it will create a positive change in terms of how they interact with our healthcare system.”

Áine Carroll, National Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes also welcomed the report saying;

“We welcome this Public Consultation on Electronic Health Records and its review. Electronic Health Records will be key enablers to delivering person-centred healthcare, and they are at the core of the work of the Integrated Care Programmes and connecting care. We thank everyone who participated in the public consultation and its review; your contribution has produced important learnings that will inform the next critical design stages of our Programmes.”

 

To view the report please here: ARCH report on findings from the EHR Consultation June 2016.