Observatory launches new web platforms on health systems and financial crisis

Today, we are launching two important new tools, which promote international comparison and support evidence informed policy making in health. Through these two web platforms policy makers and other interested stakeholders will be able to monitor health systems developments taking place in countries and access the growing body of evidence around health and the financial crisis.

The Health Systems and Policy Monitor (HSPM) is an innovative web platform that allows policy decision makers, practitioners and academics to follow and understand changes in national health systems across Europe and beyond. The HSPM platform makes the Observatory’s Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series accessible on line and allows easy navigation through and between HiTs; provides up-to-date information about ongoing health system reforms and changes so that users can identify and understand shifts in policy; allows users to compare health systems information across countries.

The Health and Financial Crisis Monitor (HFCM) collates scientific evidence about the effects of the financial crisis on health and health systems across Europe, particularly in those countries most affected. The platform is intended to support and inform policy makers and those who advise them by identifying and organising publications, data and analysis on this subject. This web monitor is developed jointly by the Observatory and the Andalusian School of Public Health. It is also linked with a dedicated Twitter channel that also provides information on grey literature (press articles, opinion pieces) as well as on relevant events and activities.

These initiatives reflect and connect to the growing trend for online evidence support and electronic information tools. They are both based on the Observatory’s extensive network of partners and experts and combine various dissemination channels to feed live into health reform and policy debates.

Both monitors are presented at the European Public Health conference, taking place in Brussels on 13-16 November, and the Conference on Sustainable Health Systems for Inclusive Growth in Europe, to be held in Vilnius on 19-20 November, as part of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council.