Key features of an EU health information system

A concept mapping study

Nicole Rosenkötter, Peter W. Achterberg, Marja J.H. Van Bon-Martens, Kai Michelsen, Hans A.M. Van Oers, Helmut Brand

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Abstract

Background: Despite the acknowledged value of an EU health information system (EU-HISys) and the many achievements in this field, the landscape is still heavily fragmented and incomplete. Through a systematic analysis of the opinions and valuations of public health stakeholders, this study aims to conceptualize key features of an EU-HISys. Methods: Public health professionals and policymakers were invited to participate in a concept mapping procedure. First, participants (N = 34) formulated statements that reflected their vision of an EU-HISys. Second, participants (N = 28) rated the relative importance of each statement and grouped conceptually similar ones. Principal Component and cluster analyses were used to condense these results to EU-HISys key features in a concept map. The number of key features and the labelling of the concept map were determined by expert consensus. Results: The concept map contains 10 key features that summarize 93 statements. The map consists of a horizontal axis that represents the relevance of an 'organizational strategy', which deals with the 'efforts' to design and develop an EU-HISys and the 'achievements' gained by a functioning EU-HISys. The vertical axis represents the 'professional orientation' of the EU-HISys, ranging from the 'scientific' through to the 'policy' perspective. The top ranking statement expressed the need to establish a system that is permanent and sustainable. The top ranking key feature focuses on data and information quality. Conclusions: This study provides insights into key features of an EU-HISys. The results can be used to guide future planning and to support the development of a health information system for Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2016

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Health Information Systems
Public Health
Principal Component Analysis
Cluster Analysis
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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Rosenkötter, N., Achterberg, P. W., Van Bon-Martens, M. J. H., Michelsen, K., Van Oers, H. A. M., & Brand, H. (2016). Key features of an EU health information system: A concept mapping study. European Journal of Public Health, 26(1), 65-70. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckv075
Rosenkötter, Nicole ; Achterberg, Peter W. ; Van Bon-Martens, Marja J.H. ; Michelsen, Kai ; Van Oers, Hans A.M. ; Brand, Helmut. / Key features of an EU health information system : A concept mapping study. In: European Journal of Public Health. 2016 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 65-70.
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In: European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.02.2016, p. 65-70.

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Rosenkötter N, Achterberg PW, Van Bon-Martens MJH, Michelsen K, Van Oers HAM, Brand H. Key features of an EU health information system: A concept mapping study. European Journal of Public Health. 2016 Feb 1;26(1):65-70. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckv075