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Ireland: Department of Health Releases Third Annual Report on Healthcare Quality, Safety Across Irish Health System.

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In Ireland, the Department of Health has released the third annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS). The National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) aims to provide a mechanism through which data about the quality of Ireland’s healthcare structures, processes and outcomes can be made publicly available so that this data may be compared against accepted standards or best practices. It allows performance and outcome measures to be compared between regions and health service providers, and to be tracked over time. It also facilitates the comparison of Ireland’s health service performance against international data.

This year’s report includes 27 indicators of performance across five key domains. Many of these indicators provide evidence that areas of the health service are performing well. Rates of hospitalization for diabetes and heart failure have decreased substantially over the past ten years and, for those who are hospitalized with a heart attack, there has been a 40% reduction in in-hospital mortality rates. Over 80% of patients who experience a stroke are now admitted to hospitals with dedicated stroke units, and 30-day mortality from haemorrhagic and ischaemic stroke have decreased by 5% and 28%, respectively, over the last decade.

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