Health lags far behind other sectors in harnessing the potential of data and digital technology, missing the opportunity to save a significant number of lives and billions of dollars. A digital transformation is urgently needed and long overdue at a time of increasing pressure on health systems and budgets.
This means ensuring access to the right information by the right people at the right time.
The OECD is working with countries as they develop policies to strengthen their health data infrastructure, with the objective of creating safer, better and more efficient health systems and healthier populations.
GOOD AND TIMELY HEALTH DATA CAN SAVE LIVES
The COVID‑19 pandemic has brought into focus the importance of reliable, up-to-date information, needed by policy makers for:
Countries need the right data infrastructure in place for producing health statistics and measuring healthcare quality and outcomes, leveraging data and extracting information from registries, administrative data, electronic health records, and referencing them with other sources often beyond the health system.
HEALTH INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE REVIEW SERIES
The OECD helps countries review and improve their information infrastructure for better health data. This includes:
COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION AND OTHER BACKGROUND MATERIAL
OECD Health Ministers welcomed the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance at their meeting in Paris on 17 January 2017. The Recommendation lays out the framework conditions to encourage greater availability and processing of health data within countries and across borders for health-related public policy objectives, while ensuring that risks to privacy and security are minimised and appropriately managed.
The Recommendation is the product of a multi-stakeholder consultation process. The Recommendation calls upon countries to develop and implement national health data governance frameworks according to twelve high level principles, setting the conditions for greater harmonisation so that more countries are able to benefit from statistical and research uses of data in which there is a public interest, and from international comparisons.
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