Lero announces research to boost software quality control in hospitals



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19 June 2013 | 0

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, has announced a collaboration between practicing hospital staff and academia designed to boost the quality of patient care through improved use of software.

Louise Reid, clinical audit development officer with HSE Mid-West and a PhD student at the University of Limerick, is conducting research with Lero in a number of hospitals in Limerick on the development of the Hospital Quality Assurance Program (H-QAP).

The program seeks to ensure the effective use and implementation of IT systems and could be used across the Irish hospital sector to ensure that clinicians receive timely and accurate data. The project received funding of €20,000 from the European Union project through the TRANSFoRm project.

In addition, Martha Lotter, a radiographer in the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, has been awarded an Irish Research Council Employment-based grant worth €75,000. Her research will implement a quality performance management system for radiology in the hospital. The results of both programmes have the potential to be implemented across the HSE.




"Software is increasingly been used across hospitals globally but in many cases the necessary quality control systems are not yet in place," said Dr Ita Richardson, principal investigator of Lero and Senior Lecturer at the University of Limerick.

"Regulatory control alone will not ensure that a system is successful or safe in a clinical environment. We intend that results from these research programmes involving clinicians practicing in real time health environments will boost Ireland’s capabilities in the implementation and use of quality controlled software applications in hospitals."

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, is a global leader in software engineering research. It brings together researchers in the University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, and Dundalk Institute of Technology. It is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and other Irish and international funding agencies.

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