Resilient health systems: Mapping of the Health Information Systems in the EU, their resilience and preparedness to join the European Health Data Space
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Sciensano, Belgium
Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium
Ministry for Health, Malta
Swedish e-Health Agency, Sweden
University of Crete and University of Maastricht, Greece
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1011
Health Information Systems (HIS) are key pillars for generating knowledge for evidence-based decision making, and consequently, contribute to better health of the population. The COVID-19 pandemic further emphasised the importance of having robust and resilient HIS and the need for digital solutions to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. To assess the functioning of the different HIS in Europe, mapping exercises are conducted across three different EU wide projects, namely the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure (PHIRI) project, the Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS), and the Health Emergency Preparedness Response Authority (HERA) IT project. These mapping exercises provide insights on the state-of-play, the components, strengths and weaknesses of the national health information systems and their health data management in more than 19 European countries. During the workshop, results of the PHIRI, TEHDAS and HERA mapping exercises will be showcased, including key findings and recommendations to promote resiliency in HIS. The methodology of the mapping exercise is based on the support tool to assess health information systems, developed by the WHO regional office for Europe. PHIRI conducted assessments to map the HIS that monitor the effects of COVID-19 on population health in 9 European countries. Concurrently, the TEHDAS conducted 12 country visits to map the state-of-play of health data management systems and their preparedness to join the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the key components of the European Health Union. Moreover, plans to extend the experiences of the mapping exercise in the framework of the HERA IT project will be shared which will focus on digital epidemiological surveillance and health emergency preparedness. Throughout the session, the exchange of knowledge, experiences and opinions with the audience will be fostered by the moderator and by using Slido. This will ensure key messages will be assimilated by the participants.

Sharing strengths and weaknesses of HIS functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing best practices and promoting resiliencePresent readiness of different countries to join the EHDS, the barriers identified within their HIS to sharing and reusing health data and their needs and expectations from the EHDS.Outline key recommendations from the experience during the mapping exercises, contributing to capacity building across EuropeCreate an opportunity for engagement and knowledge exchange, offering a space for the audience to voice their views on the topics discussed

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HIS mappings serve as a catalyst and are the starting point to strengthen HIS in various perspectives. The workshop will bring together experts in the field of HIS, highlighting the key findings from different mapping exercises conducted by PHIRI and TEHDAS and give the future perspective of upcoming mapping for HERA. The workshop will also foster a discussion between the audience and the speakers on the resilience of HIS in different European countries, the preparedness of HIS to deal with future crises, as well as the challenges and capacity building needs and tools required for countries to develop their health data management systems and join the EHDS for secondary use.

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