SPHeRE Network Online Symposium June 2023


Wednesday 21st June 2023, 2-3 pm, Online


Key considerations for health information in Ireland – current and future developments

with Dr. Maria Ryan


Maria is a Health Information Programme Lead with the Health Information Quality team in HIQA. HIQA’s Health Information Quality team develop recommendations, national standards and guidance, as well as managing a review programme to assess compliance with national standards for information management. The aim of this work is to drive improvements in health information to better support decision making for health and social care in Ireland.

Maria is currently leading on the revision of ‘National Standards for Information Management in health and social care’ and was responsible for delivering the recent publication ‘Key consideration to inform policy for the collection, use and sharing of health and social care information in Ireland’. Maria was also involved in establishing the review programme to assess compliance with the Information Management Standards within national health and social care data collections. She has worked with HIQA since 2017, prior to which she gained valuable experience in health information management in both academic and clinical settings. She completed a PhD through the SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-Services Research Education) Programme in 2014.

In this Symposium, Maria will discuss the key policy considerations for the collection, use and sharing of health information in Ireland. To drive transformational change this area, advances are required across four areas: undertaking ongoing and effective engagement with the public and with health and social care professionals, developing health information legislation, enhancing governance structures, and improving infrastructure and operational capacity. Maria will also discuss recent and forthcoming developments in this area and relevant programmes of work being undertaken by HIQA.