Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Key developments in data linkage across Europe have been the
focus of a major international event in Tel Aviv. Australia's Emma
Fuller was an invited guest.
EuroREACH - Access to health care data for cross-country
comparisons of efficiency and quality
In May, Emma Fuller of Data Linkage Australia and the
International Health Data Linkage Network, was invited to attend
EuroREACH meetings in Berlin and Tel Aviv as an External
EuroREACH is an EU funded project aimed at providing health
researchers with tools to access health data about care and
diseases for EU-wide comparability studies. Additionally, it is
intended that a framework for data linkage of European data will be
completed, with a proof of concept project focusing on the care
received by chronic diabetes sufferers. Information from patient
registries, hospital data and administrative sources will be linked
across participating EU countries.
Core EuroREACH participants met in Berlin to discuss national data
systems, data access and protection, comparability assurance, data
sustainability and stewardship and various case studies.
In Tel Aviv, external experts from Australia, Austria, Canada,
Denmark, Israel, UK, and the USA met to advise on building data
systems for health services research, linkage methods,
standardising coding systems, minimum requirements for component
data sets and balancing access and privacy.
There will be a further two meetings of the EuroREACH external
experts in 2011 and 2012.
Emma presented at both meetings about the data linkage
operations in WA and Australia and of course took the opportunity
to encourage all EuroREACH members to attend the International
Health Data Linkage Conference in Perth, May 2012.
For more information on Emma's visit click here.
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