Sunday 18 August 2019

Service 'finds it impossible' to keep health tech up to date


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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Technology supports needed for the new National Children's Hospital are "extensive" and will affect other programmes, the HSE's technology chief has said.

The chief information officer Fran Thompson has also said the pace of technology changes means the HSE "finds it impossible" to keep aspects of its software, or so-called "technology stack", up to date.

The briefing for new HSE boss Paul Reid says a "significant amount of management time is consumed in this area".

The document says the ratio of ICT support staff to other HSE personnel is "very low" and stands at one per 157 users and is even lower when the voluntary sector is included. There are said to be 318 IT staff for 50,000 users.

The briefing says that the "norm" would be one per 50-80. Approval was given for 52 more posts in 2019 and recruitment is taking place.

Irish Independent

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