EuroREACH is an international coordination action to improve access to and use of healthcare data and to enhance cross-country comparisons of health system performance.
Over the last ten years there has been an increased investment in European and international initiatives to improve health data to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems. The major impetus behind this movement has been to help national policy-makers assess the health status of their populations and to monitor how health care systems perform compared to other countries. However, progress in this field has been rather slow, since data is often focused on structural aspects of health care e.g. resources, (aggregate) numbers of procedures and treatments and cost, leading to compartmentalization of health data initiatives with a lacking focus on the optimisation of the delivery of health care to European citizens. This often impedes meaningful cross-country comparisons and research of health system performance.
EuroREACH aims to improve access to and use of healthcare data to enhance cross-country comparisons of health system performance.
The final outcome of the EuroREACH project will be a digital Health Data Navigator that will feature a compendium of international and national health data sources. The Health Data Navigator will be complemented by a toolbox, which will function as a user guide for health researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to facilitate international comparison of health data. Both outputs will include a patient-oriented, disease-driven orientation.
In order to ensure sustainability of the webtool, it is intended to link the Health Data Navigator with information systems which produce and host “real” data, e.g. the European Commission’s HEIDI tool.
The project will provide a toolbox of guidance to researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in cross-country research by:
Users will gain access to these tools through the digital Health Data Navigator. The navigator will feature an interactive compendium of health data and encourage exchange of best practices to improve comparative assessment of health system performance.