Founding of the Health Outcome Observatory Austria Association: First step to establish a national H2O-ecosystem in Austria
Vienna, 21 September 2022 – Another landmark moment for the IMI-funded H2O project. The Austrian observatory that will support national health outcome measurement and facilitate health data exchange at the European level was founded.
With the signing of the minutes of the Constituent General Assembly on Friday, September 9, 2022, the Austrian National H2O Observatory was officially established. In the coming months the Health Outcome Observatory Austria (“Österreichisches Observatorium für Gesundheitsergebnissen”) association will Invite additional members, survey the interests of the various stakeholder groups, including patients, and establish the Austrian H2O Data Platform together with the Austrian National Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, GÖG), the Medical University of Vienna (MUW), and the Austrian electronic health records system (ELGA GmbH) as cooperation partners.
H2O Austria will support the collection of health outcomes in Austria, with a special focus on patients’ perspectives. The association will provide education material, workshops, expertise for implementation of core outcome sets, analytic support, and expertise for publication. In collaboration with the broad health care professional and patient communities, H2O Austria will encourage the establishment of a national H2O-ecosystem, and it shall additionally represent the interests of its members in the Pan-European H2O Observatory.
The association will promote fair principles for the access to health outcomes data in Austria. It consolidates the interests of different stakeholder groups, including public and private sectors, regulators and authorities, and patients and citizens. It will furthermore provide advice regarding sustainability of health outcomes data collection in a non-for-profit manner, including access to the H2O data platform.
The General Assembly of Health Outcome Observatory Austria is comprised of representatives of the six major constituencies: Society overall, patient organizations, medical professionals, regulatory authority, private sector, and technology providers.
GÖG and MUW are jointly hosting a launch event on 17th November.
Pictured: Evelyn Groß, Bernhard Mraz, Tanja Stamm, Astrid Jankowitsch