|WHO Executive Board recommends the adoption of standards for the exchange of health data|
The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly the adoption of the resolution eHealth standardization and interoperability that urges Member States to consider options to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including national authorities, relevant ministries, health-care providers, and academic institutions, in order to draw up a road map for implementation of health data standards, in efforts to achieve a secure, timely and accurate exchange of data for health decision-making.
The resolution urges countries, as well, to consider developing policies and legislative mechanisms linked to an overall national eHealth strategy, in order to ensure compliance in the adoption of health data standards by the public and private sectors, as appropriate, and the donor community, as well as to ensure the privacy of personal clinical data. Nowadays, globally, 72 national eHealth strategies and plans have been developed .
The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), made up of 34 delegates from WHO Member States, met at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 21-29 to define the agenda for the upcoming 66th World Health Assembly (WHA), 20–28 May 2013.
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