Press Release

Minister Lenihan praises innovative approach to financial and information management

Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister for Children, today 15 October 2004, praised the innovative approach to financial and information management at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital

The Minister spoke at the launch of a conference based on a case study detailing the implementation of a completely integrated financial and information management system in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital.

Welcoming this development Minister Lenihan acknowledged the benefit of such a solution for its focus on responsibility, performance, and the accountability of managers for their own budgets. “This approach engages managers in the development of the hospital budget allowing for the improvement in resource usage and the empowerment of clinical and non-clinical managers in the hospital”, he said.

The new financial management system, developed over recent years by the hospital, will give hospital managers comprehensive user-defined information based on financial, budgetary, costing and statistical systems while allowing for both clinical and non-clinical performance measurement. The system has sought to transform the area of financial management into a dynamic process where hospital management are enabled and empowered by the delegation of decision making to the point at which a service is provided to the patient.

Minister Lenihan stated that a system such as this supports the objectives of Quality and Fairness – a Health System for You in that it focuses on the patient as the centre of service delivery and allows for a flexible approach to the management of information systems in the hospital environment. “This system will support both the needs of the end user of the service and indeed, the managers themselves”, he stated.