Harmonization and interoperability of health information in Europe: collaboration between WHO/Europe, the European Commission (EC) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Dr Claudia Stein, Director, Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe
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  • 1. (1) Harmonization and interoperability of health information in Europe: collaboration between WHO/Europe, the European Commission (EC) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Dr Claudia Stein, Director Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation
  • 2. (2) R esearch Problem s Good luck with bridging this gap… IEA World Congress of Epidemiology Plenary Session 7 August 2011 R esearch Problem s
  • 3. (3) WHO/EU collaboration towards integrated health information in Europe OECD a partner since 2012 Vilnius Declaration 2015 …need for intensified collaboration, knowledge exchange and the modernization and integration of public health information systems in order to make evidence-informed decisions Moscow Declaration 2010
  • 4. (4) OECD a partner since 2012 Joint Action Plan: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and WHO/Europe
  • 5. (5) Adoption of Action Plan and Resolution on evidence-informed policy making 53 WHO Member States call for enhanced action to use evidence for policy: Regional Committee 2016 (RC66)
  • 6. (6) • During RC66 discussion on Action Plan, Member States emphasize need for stronger collaboration among the three institutions. • Member States express this feedback in various forums and other stakeholders in the WHO European Region support this view.
  • 7. (7) 1. Strengthening health information systems, harmonizing health indicators and establishing an integrated health information system for the European Region 2. Establishing and promoting health research systems to support the setting of public health priorities 3. Increasing country capacities for the development of evidence-informed policies (knowledge translation) 4. Mainstreaming the use of evidence, information and research in the implementation of Health 2020 and other major regional policy frameworks. Adopted by 53 Member States through resolution Concrete actions for Member States and WHO
  • 8. (8)
  • 9. (9) European Health Information Initiative (EHII) • Provides overarching coordination and guidance for health information activities within WHO/Europe • Multipartner network • Eight steering group meetings held to date
  • 10. (10) Austria Belgium Croatia Czechia Finland Georgia Germany Greece Italy Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lithuania Malta Netherlands Poland Portugal Republic of Moldova Romania Russian Federation Slovenia Sweden Switzerland The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Turkey United Kingdom European Commission Wellcome Trust European Public Health Association EHII participants: 35 and growing
  • 11. (11) Collaborations to date WHO Europe/Eurostat/ OECD joint data collection • human and technical resources for health • workforce migration module
  • 12. (12) Mutually identified areas of cooperation • to collectively increase the degree to which health information is harmonized and integrated in the European Region • to reduce the burden of reporting on the health and well-being of the population in the Region
  • 13. (13) Mutually identified areas of cooperation • Coordinate the timing of separate but related data requests where possible • Develop reusable and interoperable new online tools that allow Member States to upload health data and indicators • Expand joint data collections in areas of core mandate of each entity; review of scope of current joint data collections to identify possible variables to omit • Consider expanding joint data collections to mortality and health status indicators 1. Data collections and data exchange to produce indicators
  • 14. (14) Mutually identified areas of cooperation • Use EHII’s current indicator mapping exercise to identify indicators for deprioritization/omission from current data collections • Harmonize indicator definitions and metadata where possible • Agree on common metadata standards (as already developed under the two joint data collections) and develop metadata mapping and interoperability • Evaluate the options for producing and/or adopting a common standard population and improving clarity on which population structure is being used 2. Harmonization of indicator metadata and methods
  • 15. (15) Mutually identified areas of cooperation Improve the capability of Member States to use high-quality harmonized and interoperable health information and to collaborate on capacity- building events. 3. Capacity- building in Member States
  • 16. (16) www.euro.who.int WHO Regional Office for Europe UN City Marmorvej 51 DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark Thank you
  • 17. (17) During the RC66 discussion on the Action Plan, Member States emphasize need for stronger collaboration among the three institutions. Member States express this feedback in various forums and other stakeholders in the WHO European Region support this view.
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