Dr Máirín Ryan, Hiqa’s director of health technology assessment and acting deputy chief executive, said a survey of 32 hospitals nationally to identify electronic systems currently in use in Ireland found limited use of such systems outside two hospitals where the technology was being used in very restricted settings. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Photo

The introduction of new technologies could lead to reduced mortality, increased patient safety, shorter waiting lists and reduce hospital overcrowding(...)

Savita Halappanavar died one week after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway when she was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying in late 2012. File photograph: The Irish Times

New guidelines have been published to improve the performance of hospitals in treating patients with sepsis, two years after the death of Savita Halap(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Dr Reilly said the new guidelines would not have saved Ms Halappanavar as she did not get an MRSA-based infection, but her death illustrated the importance of an early-warning system for patient care and proper protocols . Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The death of Savita Halappanavar has brought into “sharp focus” the need for uniformity across the hospital system in dealing with infections, Ministe(...)