National Cancer Information System (NCIS)

In late 2013, the NCCP established a steering group to develop a framework for the procurement and implementation of a National Cancer Information System (NCIS) for the optimal and safe delivery of systemic cancer treatment, including e-prescribing and e-administration of chemotherapy, for the treatment of cancer, in publicly funded hospitals. The steering group prepared a business case which was submitted to the the HSE Chief Information Officer and, subsequently, to the Government Chief Information Officer.

In early 2015, approval in principle for the project was received from the Government Chief Information Officer. A detailed statement of requirements is in the process of being prepared.

Contract for a National Cancer Information System awarded 2017

The National Cancer Control Programme and the Office of the CIO within the HSE, announced the recent contract award to Becton Dickinson (BD) Austria GmbH for a National Cancer Information System (NCIS). This contract award follows an EU Procurement process. As the prime contractor BD will work with their partners, as set out in their proposal, to provide the NCIS solution. This solution will include a Closed Loop Prescribing module, Multi Disciplinary Meetings capability, Patient Systemic Anti Cancer Therapy records and Communications Engine facilities.

The National Cancer Information System (NCIS) Programme is an eHealth programme under the leadership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). The goal of the NCIS programme is to provide a patient centric information system solution for Systemic Anti Cancer Therapy (SACT) in Medical Oncology and Haemato-Oncology care services.

The NCIS Project office in coordination with local hospital implementation teams is working to plan, configure and install the system into cancer care hospitals nationwide.
The first cohort of hospitals has been selected for phase 1 of the project:

  • St Luke's Hospital, Rathgar
  • Galway University Hospital
  • Mayo University Hospital 
  • St James Hospital Dublin

May 2019 marked a significant point in the project when St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar went live with the National Cancer Information System (NCIS). Work is continuing with next site for go live.

For more information visit the Cancer Care eHealth Programme: http://www.ehealthireland.ie/Strategic-Programmes/Cancer-Care-eHealth-Programme/

Last updated 28 February 2019