What We Do

ProRec Ireland is the Irish national body within the EuroRec Institute. Its mission is to promote the adoption and extended use of high quality Standardised Electronic Health Records and the required infrastructure.

Its guiding principles to contribute to and support national healthcare initiatives and its priorities for promoting EHRs will be informed by national objectives. It is focused on the dissemination of information and the promotion of comprehensive, communicable and secure EHRs by:

  • Raising awareness of issues related to EHRs, their potential in improving healthcare delivery, and the requirements for their development
  • Holding events such as conferences, fora, workshops/seminars, and through publications or websites
  • Providing a forum for linkages between users, suppliers/developers and those concerned with policy and resource provision in healthcare.

National Issues

Prorec Ireland is working to improve the availability of both clinical and administrative patient information through available, secure and easily usable EHRs.

The most critical factor is the lack of standards, especially in the interoperability domain. Several solutions have been consolidated and are now available from CEN, ISO and HL7. The technical problems are on their way to being solved, and effort is now required in explaining and disseminating these quite technical standards.

This is not an easy task since the target of these standards are developers/ suppliers, but the incentive to use them has to come from end-users and national agencies. No isolated initiative either led by users or by public authorities or indeed by suppliers/developers is likely to result in a successful solution that is widely accepted. A concerted approach involving all stakeholders is required and national ProRec centres aim to promote and support such an approach.

National Prorec Centres

National ProRec centres like ProRec Ireland are focused on the dissemination of information and the promotion of comprehensive, communicable and secure EHR's by:

  • Raising awareness of issues related to EHRs, their potential in improving healthcare delivery, and the requirements for their development
  • Holding events such as conferences, fora, workshops/seminars, and through publications or websites
  • Providing a forum for linkages between users, suppliers/developers and those concerned with policy and resource provision in healthcare.

Activities & Plans

  • Conferences and workshops - focus on EHRs
  • Developing Services e.g. CD ROM on EHR's
  • Consultation through the Irish Forum on Health Informatics and the Health Informatics Society of Ireland
  • Partner initiative with a large focus on EHRs
  • Networking & building understanding & participation

ANTILOPE Partner Participation

antilope Antilope drives eHealth interoperability in Europe and beyond. Between 2013 and 2015 key national and international organisations will work together to select and define eHealth standards and specifications. They will create, validate and disseminate a common approach for testing and certification of eHealth solutions and services in Europe. Together with the corresponding testing tools, Antilope will give regional, national and international projects practical guidelines to converge their eHealth platforms and practices.

Contact Us

ProRec Ireland
c/o Irish Computer Society
87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Ireland
  +00 353 1 644 7820
  michael@ics.ie