We are very pleased to see that more and more stakeholders are getting involved in the i~HD initiative. Since our previous Newsletter in Autumn 2016, teams of European experts, in collaboration with the i~HD office, have engaged in various i~HD task forces that are making significant progress.
We also had a very successful first Hospital Workshop in February. Nearly 80 hospital participants representing 50 European hospitals who are committed to making better use of their routinely collected health data attended the meeting.
During the Hospital Workshop the i~HD Network of Excellence for hospitals, as well as our steering committee of hospital and other advisors were officially launched. We will continue to work with hospitals on key topics of relevance to them, starting with an initiative to support better data quality for all purposes.
In parallel to this work with hospitals, we have completed the development of a Quality Seal for Clinical Research Platforms (QS4RP), which is a technical and organisational assessment that research platform service providers can undertake to demonstrate the quality and security of their technology and practices, especially in the protection of patient privacy. A first service provider has already undertaken and passed this assessment, and been awarded the i~HD Quality Seal. We are in discussion with other service providers.
We have also almost completed developing Standard Operating Rules that can be adopted by research sponsors such as pharma, service providers and hospitals within their standard operating procedures to ensure that all staff behave follow good practices to safeguard the handling of health and the protection of privacy when conducting research using EHRs.
Finally and importantly, we will be holding our next Annual Conference, as a joint event with EMIF, on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September, in Madrid. We look forward to meeting you there.
President of i~HD
Around 85 delegates representing 50 hospitals from around Europe participated in our first Hospital Network workshop held in Brussels on February 9, 2017. These hospitals are all committed to making better use of their routinely collected health data to become better learning health systems, improving quality and safety of care, and re-using health data for research.
Many more hospitals than expected had registered for this event, sending a clear signal around Europe that our hospitals are ready to accelerate their learning capability from their electronic health records, and to work together to grow best practices in how to do this in a trustworthy way and how to maximise organisational value from new insights and knowledge discovery.
The Hospital Workshop participants learned from Philippe Lechat of the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Tony Amato from the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome and Giuseppe Banfi from the Fondazione Centro San Raffaele in Milan about how they have established a culture and governance around combining data from multiple local hospitals, and developed clinical data warehouses that can be analysed securely using advanced electronic health record systems and clinical research workflow systems. The speakers described how these systems have made the conduct and monitoring of clinical research more efficient, enabled accelerated knowledge discovery and the translation of that knowledge into improved health care.
During the Hospital Workshop the i~HD Hospital Network of Excellence was kicked off. It is a community of hospitals working together across Europe to help each other to improve quality and maximise their contribution to research through better use of their health data. Several of the speakers were among those who had kindly agreed to join a steering committee to help drive forward this momentum and to guide the ways in which we work together to achieve the following aims:
i~HD has developed a Quality Seal for Research Platforms (QS4RP) in order to provide assurance to the market, especially to healthcare organisations, research centres and research sponsors, that ICT products and services used to conduct research analyses using EHR information do so in secure ways that protect data privacy.
The seal criteria draw on the software requirements specifications and standard operating rules developed during the EHR4CR project, and also on the EMIF1 project´s code of practice, instruments developed by the ETRIKs2 project, the IMI Secondary Use code and ISO/IEC 27000 series of standards on information security management systems.
The EuroRec3 Institute was selected to develop the content of this Seal and to conduct the formal assessments of products and services. EuroRec is Europe´s leading body for quality labelling electronic health record systems, and brings nearly a decade of experience in developing quality seals and conformance-testing of EHR systems.
Based on a test report issued by EuroRec,i~HD will issue a Quality Seal of Conformity to successful service providers.