The capacity to measure, monitor and report on health care quality and outcomes is largely dependent on the existence of a well-developed data infrastructure.
Appropriate governance frameworks are needed to leverage this potential while managing risks that might come from the misuse of data that are personal.
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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