Progress towards harmonization of health indicators

The 17th meeting of the European Health Information Initiative (EHII) Steering Group took place at UN City Copenhagen on 21–22 March 2017. The initiative now has 33 participants, including representatives of Member States as well as international organizations such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

The meeting saw the participation, for the first time, of EuroHealthNet, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Marcelo d’Agostino, Senior Advisor in Knowledge Management from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also participated and gave a presentation on their innovative maturity model for Information Systems for Health (IS4H), which was received with much interest by the group and stimulated lively discussion. The latest Member States to join EHII are the Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The agenda covered a variety of themes including:

  • updates by the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation; members and partners on recent developments;
  • results from mapping the overlap between the six main health indicator sets used in Europe (Health for All, Health 2020, noncommunicable diseases, European Core Health Indicators (ECHI), Joint Assessment Framework for Health and OECD Health Statistics);
  • the importance of the support of countries and promotion of the relevance of burden of disease studies;
  • strengthened collaboration between the international organizations in this field.

The meeting closed with members looking forward to a virtual meeting of the Steering Group in June of this year.
Launched in October 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.