5th June 2015

The Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) centre, which is led by University College Dublin (UCD) in collaboration with University of Limerick (UL), will work with the HSE to research and evaluate the implementation of the National eHealth Strategy.   ARCH and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, HSE have agreed this collaborative research for two key reasons, to ensure that the HSE team continue to learn as the implementation of technology into health continues and to put n place a mechanism to enable small to medium sized enterprises across Ireland to understand how the HSE is delivering and how they can get involved through the ARCH collaborative.

ARCH’s aim is to assist the HSE in understanding and promoting best-practice implementation of its eHealth strategy.   ARCH has conducted a variety of research, both nationally and internationally, into how to build and deploy sustainable models of technology-enabled healthcare, with a particular focus on how to best influence adoption, implementation and retention of eHealth solutions.

ARCH will commence its research by assessing the next phase of the eReferral implementation, pre and post roll-out. This allows all parties to develop an understanding of the key enablers and barriers to successful deployment, and to evaluate the benefits of the implementation.

ARCH is committed to participatory, human-centred research, which seeks to ensure that eHealth solutions are implemented in a way that is sustainable for all of those involved in the deployment. With this aim in mind, ARCH will be reaching out to key stakeholders so that all voices in the eHealth implementation are heard and that the opinions of those who have to adopt new technological solutions are understood.

Mr Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Office, HSE said ‘By their very nature, eHealth initiatives are disruptive to business as usual, and healthcare transformation programmes are challenging to implement. By engaging ARCH to work with us, we will be able to assess what’s working and what’s not as we roll out our eHealth programme. We can use this information to understand how best to proceed with our implementation, so that we can provide a sustainable model of eHealth which has buy-in from all of those involved in the process.”

The research that ARCH provide into eHealth in Ireland will sit side by side with the eHealth Eco-System announced last week and enable the HSE to deliver benefits through technology in an agile and inclusive manner.