Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Expert Group on Health Information (EGHI)
The Expert Group on Health Information (EGHI) is a consultative structure with representatives from all the Member States to support the overall implementation mechanisms for the health strategy with regard to health information. In particular, the Expert Group on Health Information should:
• work together with the Commission to agree on needs and solutions for European health information and reconcile the technical issues and resource constraints of this information with the overall EU policy and strategic needs;
• assist in defining and overseeing technical work needed to achieve this work;
• act as a platform for cooperation and collaboration on health information at European level.
During the Expert Group on Health Information (EGHI) meeting on 29-30 May 2013 the idea of exploring the possibility of establishing a health information European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) was introduced. See the Non-paper on "Health Information System European Research Infrastructure Consortium" – HIS ERIC, which aims to describe elements of a possible long-term health information and knowledge system.
As a result of a brainstorming during the meeting in May 2013 an Ad-hoc Core working group on a potential ERIC on health information was established and proceeded on the initial discussions. Their deliberations are summarized in the document 'A potential ERIC on Health - Scoping paper for considerations of EU Member States and EEA/EFTA countries in the Expert Group on Health Information', which was discussed during the EGHI meeting on 22 January 2014.
The work undertaken by the Ad-hoc Core working group on a potential ERIC on health information is without prejudice to possibly including or excluding any health information task or activity or any entity or Member State, associated country or third State to participate in a potential future ERIC or in any possible future application for EU funding. The Commission services shall not be involved in any preparatory process for such applications.
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The Expert Group on Health Information meets regularly. Agenda, minutes and documents are available online.