BRIDGE Health is a 30 months project funded by the European Commission to work towards a European health information (EU-HI) and data generation network covering major European Union (EU) health policy areas by promoting the coordination and convergence of existing key projects in health information.
BRIDGE Health stands for BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health policy and research. 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.
The aim is to work towards a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable EU-HI structure, supporting evidence-based health policy and research for the EU and Member States (MSs). The project will provide blueprints and/or concepts of building blocks for a future EU-HI structure. The different structural and institutional options will be evaluated, including a comprehensive European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in health information.
BRIDGE Health has twelve work packages. The first work packages deal with coordination, dissemination and evaluation. They help facilitate the work packages which focus on the following areas:
- European Core Health Indicators Monitoring
- Harmonized population based health examination surveys
- Impacts of environmental chemicals on health
- Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
- Platform for population based registries
- Platform for Injury Surveillance
- Platform for administrative data on Health Care
- Integration of approaches in EU information system for health monitoring and reporting
- Evaluation of health care systems