Dr Naro Imcha (right of picture) is the first CCIO in the Mid-West
AN EXPERT in digital medicine has been appointed the UL Hospitals Group’s new chief clinical information officer.
Dr Naro Imcha is the first CCIO in the Mid-West as the role forms part of a new developing trend in healthcare globally.
Dr Imcha will lead the way in sourcing potential in digital technology as a means to evolve patient care in Limerick and the Mid-West.
“This will be achieved through developing systems to help clinicians make better informed care decisions and harnessing the potential of digital technology to drive quality improvements and to provide the data to build a more patient-centred and more efficient service,” a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group said this week.
Dr Imcha will work with frontline staff and will collaborate with the eHealth division to plan the allocation of digital resources to clinical areas that will benefit the most.
Dr Imcha said: “We are on the cusp of a new revolution in the practice of medicine which has the potential to fundamentally alter the patient experience for the better. Momentous opportunities lie ahead of us spanning the world of medicine and technology. While the cloud, virtual machines, robotic tools, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things can greatly augment our medical care, we have to proceed with caution as they also test our vulnerabilities. We must always remember that we are working with people to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.”
Brian McKeon, director of informatics said: “We are delighted to be the first hospital group in the country to appoint a CCIO.”