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Eur J Public Health. 2016 Feb;26(1):65-70. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv075. Epub 2015 May 4.

Key features of an EU health information system: a concept mapping study.

Author information

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1 Department of International Health, CAPHRI, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands nicole.rosenkoetter@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
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2 Department for Public Health Forecasting, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands.
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3 Academic Collaborative Centre for Public Health Brabant, Tranzo, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, The Netherlands 4 Trimbos Institute, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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1 Department of International Health, CAPHRI, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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2 Department for Public Health Forecasting, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands 3 Academic Collaborative Centre for Public Health Brabant, Tranzo, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Despite the acknowledged value of an EU health information system (EU-HISys) and the many achievements in this field, the landscape is still heavily fragmented and incomplete. Through a systematic analysis of the opinions and valuations of public health stakeholders, this study aims to conceptualize key features of an EU-HISys.

METHODS:

Public health professionals and policymakers were invited to participate in a concept mapping procedure. First, participants (N = 34) formulated statements that reflected their vision of an EU-HISys. Second, participants (N = 28) rated the relative importance of each statement and grouped conceptually similar ones. Principal Component and cluster analyses were used to condense these results to EU-HISys key features in a concept map. The number of key features and the labelling of the concept map were determined by expert consensus.

RESULTS:

The concept map contains 10 key features that summarize 93 statements. The map consists of a horizontal axis that represents the relevance of an 'organizational strategy', which deals with the 'efforts' to design and develop an EU-HISys and the 'achievements' gained by a functioning EU-HISys. The vertical axis represents the 'professional orientation' of the EU-HISys, ranging from the 'scientific' through to the 'policy' perspective. The top ranking statement expressed the need to establish a system that is permanent and sustainable. The top ranking key feature focuses on data and information quality.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides insights into key features of an EU-HISys. The results can be used to guide future planning and to support the development of a health information system for Europe.

PMID:
25944870
DOI:
10.1093/eurpub/ckv075
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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