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About GPIT

The General Practice Information Technology (GPIT) Group is made up of representatives from the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Health Service. The aim of the GPIT Group is to promote computerisation in general practice and primary care. There are two parts to the group, an educational section that is currently being restructured, and a projects section with Dr Brian O'Mahony as project manager.

Education

The GPIT Training Programme has undergone a restructuring with a number of new appointments. The change is intended to meet the changing needs of GPs for advice and training and to support the many developments in primary care IT by providing GP representation on national and regional groups. The National GPIT Co-ordinator and the Regional GPIT Co-ordinators will form the management committee for the GPIT Education & Training Programme which will address all aspects and activities of the programme. The GPIT Education & Training Committee will report to the National GPIT (HSE/ICGP) Group. The new appointments to the group are as follows:

National GPIT Co-ordinator: Dr Conor O'Shea

Regional Co-ordinators: 

  • Dr Frank Hill (Southern region)
  • Dr Kieran Murphy (Western region)
  • Dr Keith Perdue (Dublin/Mid Leinster)
  • Dr Conor O'Shea (Dublin/North East)
  • Dr John MacCarthy (with responsibility for National Electronic Referral Pilot Project)

GPIT Advisors: 

  • Dr Donal Buckley (Dublin/Mid Leinster)
  • Dr John Sweeney (Western region)
  • Dr Fergus McKeagney (Dublin/Mid Leinster)
  • Mr Paul Gaffney (Dublin/North East)
  • Dr Martin White (North East)
  • Dr John Cox (South East)
  • Dr Brian Blake (Tallaght/Kildare)
  • Dr Brian Meade (Dublin)

GPs can contact the programme for advice and support through Niamh Killeen at the ICGP niamh.killeen@icgp.ie.

Projects

The projects section is headed up by Dr Brian O'Mahony and includes the following activities:

Project Tasks During past 12 Months

  • Certification of GP Practice Software Management Systems.
  • Working with Healthlink and the National Cancer Control Programme on electronic cancer referrals from GP practice software systems.
  • Working with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on Identifiers for Health Care Providers and Organisations and the GP Referral Review Project.
  • Communicating the needs of GPs and primary care to developers of information systems throughout the health services.
  • Membership of the Project Board of the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) Project, which will bring digital radiology to hospitals and electronic radiology reports to GPs.
  • Working with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner on writing Data Protection Guidelines for GPs in a project led by Dr Brian Meade.
  • Promoting interoperability and health informatics standards in the health services.
  • Writing monthly IT questions and answers for Forum, the Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners, available at http://www.gpit.ie/faq.

Dr O'Mahony is keen to hear from individuals and groups who wish to input into the certification process or any of the project activities of the GPIT Group. Please contact Niamh Killeen of the ICGP with comments and queries, email niamh.killeen@icgp.ie or phone 01 6763705.