European Health Information Initiative(EHII): First meeting of the Steering Group
The WHO European Health Information Initiative (EHII) Steering Group held its first formal meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 24–25 March 2015. Launched in 2012 with start-up funding from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, EHII is a multimember network committed to improving the health of the people of the WHO European Region by improving the information that underpins policy. This involves fostering international cooperation to exchange expertise, build capacity and harmonize data collection. Through these objectives, EHII contributes to integrating health information activities and developing a single integrated health information system for the Region. A number of countries and institutions, including an independent foundation, have contributed to specific EHII activities through funding and/or contributions in kind. The Steering Group received and discussed background information and updates, and reviewed and offered advice on EHII's scope, terms of reference and action plan for 2015–2017.