NCIS Go Live St Lukes Hospital Dublin

Launching the National Cancer Information System (NCIS) at St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar

The National Cancer Control Programme is delighted to announce the launch of the National Cancer Information System (NCIS) which took place at St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar on November 21st 2019.

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Pictured are (l to r) Clinical Nurse Manager Agnes Murray, patient Greg Fleming, and Staff Nurse Elaine Nicholson in St Luke’s Hospital at the launch of the National Cancer Information System (NCIS)

NCIS went live at St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar, on Monday 13th May 2019. The system allows for the recording of information about a patient’s cancer case, diagnosis and treatment with cancer drugs and supports the care of oncology and haemato-oncology patients across Ireland.  


Pictured from left to right:Ms Patricia Heckmann (NCCP), Dr Jerome Coffey (NCCP), Ms Jacqueline Robinson (SLRON), Trevor O'Callaghan (Dublin Midlands Hospital Group), Dr Clare Faul (SLRON), Dr Oscar Breathnach (Beaumont Hospital), Michael Conroy (Department of Health)


At the launch, Dr. Jerome Coffey, National Director, National Cancer Control Programme said: “This project is making a significant difference for all patients receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (Chemotherapy) across Ireland enabling a digital support for prescribing and administering chemotherapy and working towards building a better health service.”

Jacqueline Robinson, General Manager, St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network said: "As the first site nationally to launch NCIS, today marks an important milestone for St. Luke's Radiation Oncology Network. Collaboration with the National Director, National Cancer Control Programme on this project represents a key element of our strategy as we continue to deliver excellence every day in cancer care. Thank you to everyone involved in making this possible".

Congratulations to St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar and the National NCIS Project Team on the first site  implementation of NCIS, the National Cancer Information System

The NCIS project is led by the National Cancer Control Programme in conjunction with the HSE Office of the Chief Information Officer (OoCIO) and the HSE Acute Operations Division, in response to requirements identified by Medical Oncology Consultants and other health professionals delivering cancer care services. Some of the key concerns noted included a lack of information sharing between hospitals, difficulties in obtaining patient records and the absence of a centralised IT system.

Patient Oliver Donohoe said: “Well done on your NCIS system. It meets a long overdue need to modernise cancer information availability in the Irish health system. As a user and observer of cancer treatment and information availability in recent years, I am very glad to see your project coming to fruition and I appreciate its value. Best of luck with its promotion and implementation. It deserves the full hearted support of all involved in providing cancer treatment”.

For more information visit the Cancer Care eHealth Programme.