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We're streamlining HRB information systems

9 July 2015

Easier data entry, enhanced data quality, increased quantity of information gathered and opening up access to our data online. These are just some of the benefits from the new LINK programme, which will see the HRB national health information systems on drugs, disability and mental health move to a common platform.

There will be training and support for all users to assist in the transition.

Users of our National Drug Treatment Reporting Service (NDTRS) will see the first of these changes by the end of 2015. In short, they'll be moving from a paper based system to a web one.

The National Psychiatric In-Patients Reporting System (NPIRS) will be the next system to be migrated. Work has just begun on this and is scheduled to be completed during 2016.

The National Drug-Related Deaths Index, (NDRDI), will be the third system to move to the new web-based common platform with work commencing on system specifications around September 2016.

The final step is to merge our two disability information systems, the National Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD), and the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD) are already web based and during the merge will be expanded to enhance the quality of information collected.

The LINK programme has been funded by the Department of Health. It aims to modernise the systems, improve data collection processes, share technical and administrative functions, and improve both the quality and quantity of information that we can gather and make available to service planners.

Current arrangements for those providing data to each system remain in place. We'll be liaising with all affected stakeholders in due course. 

If anyone has queries on the LINK programme or the associated changes they should be contact Anne O'Donohoe by emailing or calling 01-2345 214.

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