Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC): Computerised Infectious Disease Surveillance Reporting System
Computerised Infectious Disease Surveillance Reporting System
Security, flexibility and enterprise-wide reporting
Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was established in 1998 to monitor and control the spread of human infectious diseases.
Prior to the formation of HPSC, infectious disease notification was a paper-based system which caused concerns about both the quality and timeliness of the information. That information went into the country’s Department of Health which, as such a large organisation, did not always respond to data submissions.
Initially, HPSC went out to tender for the design of the system and then for the development and build and Fujitsu won both contracts. The result was a Computerised Infectious Disease Surveillance Reporting System (CIDR) which provides an integrated approach to disease surveillance. Designed to detect health threats and trends more quickly, CIDR not only manages the surveillance and control of infectious diseases in Ireland but also monitors the ability of organisms to resist antibiotic drugs. It is a shared national information system for the Health Service Executive (HSE), the HPSC, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Food Safety Promotion Board and the Department of Health and Children.