EU Health Portal
The EU considers health information to be an important means of improving public health and therefore established the EU Health Portal in 2006. The portal is run by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and gathers information about public health from all members of the EU/EEA. The portal is available in all of the 20 official languages of the EU and will be an important source of information for consumers, patients, physicians, researchers and managers.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has the Norwegian editorial responsibility and contributes to give the EU Health Portal information about the state of public health in Norway. Much of the information about Norwegian conditions is in English so the portal is a good information source for people wanting to learn more about Norwegian health conditions and health statistics. The EU Health Portal is a supplement to the EU’s existing websites about public health.
Experts Group on Health Information
The EU Directorate General for Health and Consumers has established the Experts Group on Health Information (EGHI), where representatives from all Member States, plus associated countries participate. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is represented in EGHI. The group will facilitate the implementation of the overall health strategy, with health information as the main focus. One of the objectives of the European Commission is to produce comparable data on health and health-related behaviour, disease and health systems. There is broad agreement that health indicators must have a common European definition, collection method and use.
The EGHI will:
- together with the European Commission reach agreement on the needs and solutions for European health information and define which technical solutions must be in place and which resource limitations are obstacles to achieving the overall EU policy
- assist the European Commission in defining and monitoring the development and establishment of the basic technical platforms
- function as a European collaboration platform for the co-ordination of European health information
- prepare and implement EGHI meetings.
The World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe supports the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region in:
- developing and sustaining their national health policies, health systems and public health programmes;
- working to identify, prevent and overcome potential threats to health; anticipating future challenges; and
- advocating public health.
European Health for All Database (HFA-DB)
WHO/Europe runs, or has direct access to, essential databases providing authoritative health data from the 53 countries in the Region. The European Health for All Database (HFA-DB) provides a selection of core health statistics covering basic demographics, health status, health determinants and risk factors as well as health-care resources, utilisation and expenditures in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. In many ways, the HFA-DB forms the foundation for “Norgeshelsa” (Norhealth) which is administered by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. There is an increasing awareness and willingness to coordinate the statistics of the European Commission and the WHO/Europe.