The ‘Lighthouse Projects’ are in the clinical disciplines of chronic diseases Epilepsy, Haemophilia, and Bipolar Disorder. The Epilepsy Lighthouse project is a partnership between several organizations – RSCI, HSE, eHealth Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, and Ergo. There are many positive outcomes and benefits for patients as well as healthcare professionals associated with using information technology within health.
Providing Individualised Services and Care in Epilepsy (PISCES) is a Lighthouse Project with several partners including HSE, eHealth Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland, RCSI, and Beaumont. In the past, there was no way for patients, academics, or clinicians around Ireland to record their medical details electronically which created numerous problems.
The PISCES Project is about using technologies to promote a model of precision, proactive, and personalized healthcare for more than 40,000 people with epilepsy across Ireland. The solution developed is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and the Patient Portal App focused exclusively on the needs of epilepsy patients. The patient portal is a mobile-first, cloud-based solution. No matter where care is delivered, information can be collected, added to the care record, and accessed by the care team regardless of geographic location or care setting. The project also involves the development of a BI solution which enables clinicians to securely use aggregated patient data to analyze and gather insights for the wider patient community to inform future care and population health.
“I think it definitely is a step of independence for a lot of people that don’t have that at all. They feel like they are kind of controlling in some way an illness that you can’t control at all.”
Clinicians now have a streamlined view of patient information through the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) – a single source of truth where all patient medical information can be recorded and accessed from anywhere nationwide. As part of the EPR, genetic data can be easily interpreted and documenting decisions and agreed actions have been simplified.