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:
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 like ProRec Ireland are focused on the dissemination of information and the promotion of comprehensive, communicable and secure EHR's by:
Activities & Plans
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.