Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael)
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158. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department has considered the proposal (details supplied) for the creation and implementation of a National Diabetes Registry to identify an accurate figure of the number of persons living with diabetes in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60731/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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In September 2019 Sláintecare Integration funding was allocated to the HSE to design and procure a National Diabetes Registry demonstrator product and develop a full specification plan for a National Diabetes Registry. It was intended that the registry would be in place by 2021. However, the project was paused as it was dependent on the input and expertise of key HSE staff who were redeployed onto urgent on-going COVID-19 work.

The development of a National Diabetes Registry remains a priority, and following substantial increases in investment in eHealth, is now being considered as part of a wider review of Ireland’s health information strategy. The diabetes registry, along with other disease-specific registries, will operate as “virtual” registries and will use existing health and social care records to enable the monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of disease in Ireland.


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