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World Economic Forum’s Healthcare Governors’ meeting

Towards a Global Charter for Health Data

health charterThere is wide recognition that there is a need for “better health for the world”, i.e., access to quality health care for all, while maintaining the sustainability of health systems. Health data has a critical role to play in improving the quality, accessibility and efficiency of health services and, therefore, an important role in ensuring that health systems can continue to improve affordably. Access to readily available, high quality, health data would enable more effective and efficient management of both an individual’s health and the health system as a whole, resulting in improved health outcomes.

Recognizing the role effective health data plays in the quality, accessibility, and efficiency of health services, the World Economic Forum (WEF), along with a team of professionals from several Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu member firms, has been working since early 2009 on a project to determine the viability of developing a global health data charter. The key objective was to identify the gaps that need to be addressed to achieve the vision of “better health data for better health: individual, national and global.” The group’s findings, refined by four workshops around the globe that drew on a broad cross-section of stakeholders, have been incorporated into a white paper, “Towards a Global Charter for Health Data.” Findings were presented by Dean Arnold, DTT health care sector leader, during WEF’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Attendees of the session included chief executive officers of the top global life sciences and health care companies, as well as representatives from Ministries of Health and NGOs.

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