'Can Data Cure You?' S-HELP at HISRC Event

'Can Data Cure You? The Clinical Impact of Health Information Systems' was the theme of the event held in  the business school of University College Cork on 20th May.


Dr Sheila O'Riordan of S-HELP delivered the presentation 'Addressing the Challenges of Emergency Management Decision-Making from an Information Systems Perspective' as part of the iHealth event.

Recent research by members of the Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC) indicates that existing systems in the healthcare sector are still quite fragmented, making it difficult to build a complete picture of the patient, and impossible to assess clinical progress over time. Management of hospital and community care systems is also hindered by inability to make decisions based on data from those systems. Decision support systems, like the one being developed in S-HELP with improved user interfaces and visualisation capabilities, and providing support for healthcare practitioner will enhance patient, ward and community care management and ultimately improve clinical outcomes.

Chief Operations Officer at South/South West Hospital Group, Dr Gerard O’Callaghan gave the keynote address at the event. S-HELP had two abstracts on the programme, and a stand with posters to encourage networking and discussion with other attendees about the outputs of the project. Abstract presentations at the event included Mr Salvatore Tedesco on wearable tech and Dr Brian O'Flaherty who spoke about neurological monitoring. 

The HISRC is led by Dr Simon Woodworth (S-HELP) and Dr Ciara Fitzgerald, and works closely with other research groups within and outside UCC including the College of Medicine and Health, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the ASSERT research group, the INFANT national research centre, and the Tyndall national research centre.

To find out more about this event or the S-HELP project, please email coordinator Dr Karen Neville 

Thursday, May 26, 2016