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Reflecting on the Standards & Shared Care Records Team Day


Our recent gathering at the Ashling Hotel, marked a significant milestone for the eHealth Standards & Shared Care Records (SSCRs) team. Bringing together our 25 team members from around Ireland, many of whom were meeting face-to-face for the first time, this event served as a space for collaboration and insights that will shape our collective journey. Kathryn Kissane, Deputy Delivery Director for Engagement & Delivery, set the tone for the day with a warm welcome, opening remarks, and by providing a platform for our eight new team members to acquaint themselves with the wider SSCRs team.

Keynote Speeches

The day unfolded with enlightening keynote speeches, each shedding light on key areas of eHealth. Fran Thompson, CIO, kicked off the proceedings by providing an update on the reorganisation of service delivery into six Regional Health Areas, underscoring the contribution of the projects and products of Standards and Shared Care Records in the national transformation. His presentation highlighted the challenges ahead as we navigate towards a more digitally-driven healthcare landscape. Sean Toner from the eHealth Training & Development Team followed with a comprehensive overview of eHealth training opportunities and resources, ensuring that all team members are equipped with the necessary tools for success. In addition to the keynote addresses, SSCRs Team Leads provided updates on their respective areas. Gar MacCríosta discussed the Digital Health App, Tony Hamill took us through the National Shared Care Record, Patrick Marren shared insights on the MyHealth@EU initiative, and Theresa Barry provided an overview of the work going on in the Standards and Clinical Terminologies Team of SSCRs, including SNOMED, the Dataset Specification Management Process, and the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM). The afternoon session opened with an enlightening presentation by Loretto Grogan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, on Clinical Data Standardisation and how its continued impact will grow within eHealth, followed by an update from Sinead O’Connor, TCD School of Medicine, on the European Health Data Space— both presentations offering valuable perspectives on the evolving landscape of healthcare data management. Before the day drew to a close, Roisin O’Neill from the Department of Health Information Policy Unit provided an overview of the Health Information Bill, highlighting its implications and meaning for our work moving forward.


In summary, our SSCRs Team day was a resounding success, characterised by engaging presentations and the forging of meaningful connections. As we embark on the next phase of our journey, we reaffirm our commitment to the SSCRs Vision: ‘To enable the sharing of standardised, interoperable digital health records for both healthcare professionals and citizens, nationally and across borders’, and our aim to enhance the clinician and patient experience to enable improved clinical decision-making and self-management of healthcare.


To find out more information about Standards & Shared Care Records view their webpage here.