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HIQA publishes data quality guide for healthcare staff

The authority said the guide is aimed at helping front line healthcare staff ensure patient information is of the highest quality possible.

THE HEALTH INFORMATION and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published a guide for frontline health staff to raise awareness of data quality.

The guide includes a broad overview of data quality issues around personal health information and the Irish health and social care setting.

It is aimed at helping frontline staff ensure that the information they collect on patients is of the highest quality possible.

Commenting on the guide, Professor Jane Grimson, Director of Health Information and Deputy Chief Executive of HIQA, said:

Safe, reliable health and social care depends on access to and use of quality data. Accurate and up-to-date data is critical for providing high quality clinical and social care and also for research, health service planning and the management of health and social care services.

The guide has been published on the HIQA website and is being distributed to 10,000 health and social care staff around the country.

It is also being made available at this week’s Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland 17th Annual HISI Conference which started in Dublin today.

Grimson said the collection of information should not impose an additional burden on the system but should be a routine part of the job.

“Improving data quality will drive safer better care for all people using our health and social care services,” he said.

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