“a number of questions that I feel could have a significant impact upon the waiting list here in Ireland today” – Minister Simon Harris challenges eHealthIreland (who challenge in turn various other parties)

Probably most people who this is relevant to have already heard, and given the deadline (see below) it is a bit late for me to post this… but anyhow.I do have the excuse of being out of the country when the call was made!

On the 18th August Minster for Health Simon Harris TD posed the following challenge to the eHealthIreland team

I am asking that in two weeks they submit answers to a number of questions that I feel could have a significant impact upon the waiting list here in Ireland today.
The questions are:

  • How can we enable a patient to see their referral in real time?

  • How can we enable a patient to make administrative changes to their referral without having to attend a hospital?

  • How can we create a reminder service for patient’s referrals?

  • How can we use information on referrals to better manage capacity and demand across the system?

  • How can we use digital to safely and efficiently manage the discharge process, so the patient is in the right setting at the right time?

 
In response, eHealth Ireland’s CEO Richard Corbridge issued an open call to

..all of the partners and vendors that have worked with the HSE in recent times to understand what you think the solution sets should be for this. Our ask to you is 300 words that describe what your solutions would be in this space.

The full text of this open call is here. An extract

As part of a market intelligence and pre-procurement phase we would ask you to summarise in 300 words or less your product offering within the scope of the challenge and how you could support us during the delivery phase. If you are in a position to submit please reply and we will furnish a suggested template.

I have assigned Gregory Johnston and Michelle Kearns within the Office of the CIO to prepare response document which will be delivered to the Minister on the 5th September and to be made public on the 9th of September. If you could revert by the 30th of August that would provide enough time to incorporate your material.

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