Digitalization of health data from military conscription – a pilot project
In this pilot project, the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have digitized historical health information from military medical examinations of 17 364 men born in 1950.
Similar national data can possibly be obtained in 50-60% of men born between 1941-1957. This digitalisation can give new national data including blood pressure and heart rate at age 18-19, reported known diseases and family history for approximately 200 000-240 000 men. The health records are marked with the personal identification number, which makes it possible to design important life course studies based on this cohort.
Historical data as described in the current report, can potentially be of great interest in military epidemiology, as well as medical and public health research.