Health Atlas Ireland wins the Irish Public Service Excellence Award 2008

Health Atlas Ireland wins the Irish Public Service Excellence Award 2008

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Dublin, Ireland, April 24, 2008: The Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Bertie Ahern, hosted a reception in St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle where he handed over the “Prime Minister Public Service Excellence Awards” to each of the 20 successful projects selected from this year’s process.
Health Atlas Ireland was selected among dozens projects for its innovation capacity and its technical perfection. It is an innovative project that greatly improves the quality and the efficiency of services delivered by health services. Health Atlas Ireland is easily transferable to similar foreign authorities and its potential for replication is enormous. This project open the way to international software collaboration. The development of such software sharing initiatives helps underpin the sustainability of public services and makes a real difference now and into the future.
Health Atlas Ireland is an open source e-government project led by Irish Health Sector and supported by OpenApp, a Zea member SME, in charge of the technical development. It integrates geographical information technologies, database and statistical techniques. A user friendly interface supports web-enabled access across the Irish health sector and collaborating agencies. Health Atlas is a ‘voyage of discovery’ for health service planning and health event data analysis. The purpose of the system is to help answer questions related to health events, emergency response, health services and demographics, initially in the Republic of Ireland and eventually worldwide as related to Irish Health Services.