ECHO

European Collaboration for Healthcare Optimization

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 242189
EC contribution
: € 2,737,998.00
Duration
: 42 months
Starting date
: 01/03/2010
Keywords
: Healthcare performance management; healthcare quality; healthcare quality indicators; healthcare outcomes; healthcare utilization; equity in healthcare; healthcare efficiency; geographical analysis.
Project web-site
: http://www.echo-health.eu

With health systems under pressure, quality, access and efficiency of healthcare services are at the heart of many debates in health policy-making and management in Europe. Evidence suggests that there are unwarranted variations in medical practice within healthcare systems, both in terms of the place where a person lives and in terms of the service provider. Measuring the performance of European health systems in a comparable and quantifiable way would allow for addressing these variations. However, as data sets available differ, comparing performance remains a major challenge, especially when it comes to evaluate health outcomes and assess the drivers of variations.


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