The BRIDGE Health project

BRIDGE Health stands for BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health policy and research. The BRIDGE Health project aims to prepare the transition towards a sustainable and integrated EU health information system for both public health and research purposes. The project was launched in May 2015 and will be running for 30 months. It includes 31 partners in 16 countries. The project bridges the best of EU projects in domains of population and health system monitoring, indicator development, health examination surveys, environment and health, population injury and disease registries, clinical and administrative health data collection systems and methods of health systems monitoring and evaluation. BRIDGE Health is supported under the EU action of the Public Health Programme implemented by the Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency of the European Commission.

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Meeting: On 20th April 2017, BRIDGE Health organised a meeting: "Health Information in the European Union - The ERIC as a tool" in the Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels. The presentations from this meeting are available for download here.

The Concept Paper is out and available here! The Concept Paper presents the BRIDGE Health analysis of the current situation and the possibilities for creating an organisational entity that could take up some of the support tasks that come with the need for strengthening the EU health information system. Using multi-criteria analysis, the advantages, disadvantages and short-term feasibility were investigated and presented in the Concept Paper.

The analysis concluded that a European Research Infrastructure Consortium on Health Information for Research and Evidence-based Policy (HIREP-ERIC) is at this time the most feasible option. This to set important steps in the right direction and fulfil some of the most important criteria for an effective organisation around the scientific underpinning of health policy and research by new and better evidence from more and better comparable data. Read our Policy Paper on the ERIC here.

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