RTE has set itself up as the first Irish broadcaster to establish a national database for data on the health of the Irish population.
In a statement released on Friday, the broadcaster said the database would allow it to provide a more accurate picture of the health situation of its viewers, and in turn help inform policy and practice across the island.
“This is a key challenge that we are facing, as we move towards the 21st century,” the statement said.
“With the digital revolution we are entering, our viewers are growing increasingly more connected and connected to the information they are consuming.”RTÉ aims to be the first broadcaster to create a national access database to make this happen, and will continue to work with the Department of Health, the National Health Service and the Department to establish this.
“Health data and the new digital economyThe new data will be available to the public via a new website, the Access Database, which will be launched on Thursday.RTÉ said it had already established a digital platform for the first time, and had already signed up more than 20,000 people for access to its database.”
The Access Database is a digital resource that will allow us to make our audiences more informed and accessible to health data and its use by all our stakeholders,” it said.
The database will allow users to access data from the National Practitioner Data Library, which was launched in 2014.”
There is an urgent need to have a national digital database that will provide information on health care, which we are already seeing in Ireland, and which is being used by the Irish public,” it added.”
It will help inform the digital economy, and make our economy more responsive and sustainable.””RTTE has a responsibility to inform our audience on the importance of digital information and digital inclusion, and to act as a beacon for change in our society,” RTÉ said.