September 2007

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Ireland to invest Euro 500million in e-health

As part of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013 the Irish Government plans to invest nearly 500million Euro in deploying ICT facilities and capacity building in public health systems over the next seven years, at the rate of 70million Euro per year.

The six-year investment plan is intended to provide the funding to deliver Ireland's National Health Information Strategy. ICT developments in the health service will be targeted at improving patient-centric systems in our hospitals and community settings. This initiative will be directed at implementing systems that improve  operational processes in public health  services by supporting healthcare professionals, while capturing information, which is necessary to ensure proper planning for future. Some of the areas which will be given support includes chronic disease management (for example diabetic care), emergency departments, medication management and health surveillance. The Irish Department of Health and Children said that they would be looking at investing in national ICT infrastructure to support health professionals working in a variety of settings. The Department also recognises ICT infrastructure as the foundation for provision of modern information systems within the health service that will help to enhance patient care.

In addition to this, ICT funds will also be used for development and improvement of support systems which are required to provide information for planning and management purposes in health services.  

University of Queensland develops telehealth robot

University of Queensland's Centre for Online Health – a world leader in telemedicine research is helping Queensland doctors conquer the tyranny of distance and improve delivery of specialist medical care. The university has developed a wireless robot- Ekka, which can be wheeled to the bedside of sick children for video-link consultations with Brisbane specialists, reducing the need for families to travel to the city for specialist care.

The Ekka robot is one of four robots that will be commissioned over the next three years, thanks to a $335,000 grant provided by mining company Xstrata (Community Partnership Program), through the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. The project is an extension of the telepaediatric research led by the Centre for Online Health, in collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Rhapsody integration engine expands NHS Trust connectivity 

Orion Health Limited, a leading provider of integration and clinical workflow technology to the health sector, has recently announced that Rhapsody

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