Few weeks before the, really important, kick-offs in Russia started, Joint Action on Health Information (InfAct) work package 10 (WP10) had its own kick-off in Zagreb, Croatia.
On 24th and 25th of May 2018, Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH / HZJZ) hosted seven WP10 partners from five European countries and institutions working on the, sometimes elusive, topic of interoperability in public health information systems and its application in (public health) policy… trying to make it less elusive.
Relatively small but absolutely motivated group of WP10 partners planned for specific steps and work-allocation on future WP10 tasks, milestones and deliverables in the next 3 years of the project. A lot of effort has also been made in aligning the WP10 work with aims and planned outcomes of the InfAct JA and interactions with specific work packages within the Joint Action.
During the first day of the meeting, we discussed the criteria for selecting inspirational experiences that would be analysed within the package. WP10 partners presented different examples of inspirational experiences from their countries (Slovenia, France, UK and Belgium) and on a European level, which were then discussed and analysed in relation to the proposed criteria.
On the second day, we discussed co-operation with other work packages, implementation of interoperability in the future ERIC on (public health) information systems, and on the contribution of the InfAct project to the improvement of health information and public health policy.
WP10 leads, co-leads and partners demonstrated a lot of willingness and ideas to cooperate with other work packages and other joint actions and initiative in making interoperability an integral part of the future ERIC on Health Information Systems in Europe.
Activities of the tenth work package continue immediately while we are looking forward to meeting our InfAct colleagues in person during future Steering Committee meetings and the next WP10 face-to-face meeting in February 2019.