Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR)

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What is Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR)?

Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) is an information system developed to manage the surveillance and control of infectious diseases in Ireland. 

CIDR is a collaborative solution which the HPSC manage on behalf of programme stakeholders: the former health boards now Public Health Areas, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Food Safety Promotion Board and the Department of Health.

All medical practitioners, including clinical directors of diagnostic laboratories, are required to notify the Medical Officer of Health(MOH)/Director of Public Health (DPH) of certain diseases. This information is used to investigate cases thus preventing spread of infection and further cases. The information will also facilitate the early identification of outbreaks. It is also used to monitor the burden and changing levels of diseases, which can provide the evidence for public health interventions such as immunisation.

CIDR is used by laboratories, Public Health Areas and HPSC to collect, analyse and interpret notification data in order to investigate cases, prevent spread of infection, identify potential outbreaks and provide evidence for public health policies and actions.

What is the CIDR National Steering Committee?

The Steering Committee oversees programme of work of the CIDR system. It is currently made up of 17 members and one Chair. Membership of the Steering Committee is representative of the main partners of the programme. The Steering Committee meets four times a year and secretarial support is provided by the Surveillance Information Systems Unit (SISU) team in HPSC.

What does the CIDR National Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee gives advice and guidance on important technical, logistical, administrative, financial and ethical aspects of the Programme. They decide what work should be carried out and make sure this work stays within agreed policies and procedures at all times. The Committee also ensures that all activities of the Programme are fair, transparent and open to public scrutiny.

A summary of the Committee’s work is outlined in the Terms of Reference.

  • To provide strategic guidance for CIDR by approving short, medium and long-term projects
  • Agree the annual and forward programme of work and oversee its delivery
  • Review changes to the programme as it develops, including changes to current and future priorities, methodologies and budget
  • Provide support, expertise and advice that will contribute to and strengthen the design of the CIDR solution and third-party applications in line with Public Health priorities
  • Identify, monitor and propose solutions to potential risks to the programme of work, including any conflicts that may arise
  • Encourage visibility, publication and use of the data from the CIDR solution to support public health policies and actions
  • Oversee programme compliance with legal and ethical principles, in order to promote and maintain public confidence and trust
  • Advise on financial matters, including audit requirements
  • To promote collaboration and ownership of the CIDR system across the partner organisations.
  • To ensure appropriate CIDR governance structures remain in place
  • To evaluate key recommendations from and provide guidance to:
    1. National Director of Public Health
    2. Director of National Health Protection
    3. National Clinical Lead Surveillance
    4. HPSC CIDR Team
    5. CIDR National User Group
    6. National CIDR Business Rules Committee
    7. National CIDR Peer Review Group

Who is on the CIDR National Steering Committee?

These are the members of the Steering Committee:





Dr Greg Martin


National Clinical Lead Surveillance, (Chair)

Health Protection Surveillance Centre, National Health Protection Service of Ireland, HSE


Dr Éamonn O’Moore

Director of National Health Protection Service

National Health Protection Service of Ireland, HSE


Dr John Cuddihy

National Director of Public Health



Dr Charmaine McGowan

Scientific Officer,



Ms Noreen Noonan

ICT Delivery Director for Public Health,

eHealth and Disruptive Technologies, HSE

Ms Helen Coughlan

Chief Technology Officer

eHealth and Disruptive Technologies, HSE

Dr Aine McNamara

Area Director of Public Health for Public Health Area F (West/North West)

HSE Public Health Area F 

Dr Lois O’Connor


Consultant in Public Health Medicine

HSE Public Health Area A

Dr Rob Cunney


  • Dr Niamh O’ Sullivan – ISCM
  • Dr Maeve Doyle – ISCM

Consultant Microbiologist

Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists

Mr Steve Shawyer

A/C GM Information Architecture and Governance

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre



Consultant in Public Health Medicine, National Health Protection Service

National Health Protection Service of Ireland, HSE


Ms Louise Cullen

Principal Epidemiologist

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre


Mr Gareth Doherty

CIDR Technical Officer

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre


Mr Ian Fitzgerald


Chief Medical Scientist

HSE, St. James’s Hospital

Ms Nicola Boran


Specialist Medical Scientist

HSE, Rotunda Hospital

Dr Donna Kilmartin



HSE Department of Public Health Area F


Dr Phil Downes

Senior Epidemiologist

HSE Department of Public Health Area B


Ms Jennifer Doyle

General Manager, Surveillance Information Systems Unit (SISU)

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre


Last updated: 27 July 2023