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FIP Endorses Global Data Charter

The World Economic Forum has launched an ambitious project to advance global health through improved data collection and management.

Access to comprehensive health data is essential for effective and efficient health management. However, across the health system, in both developed and developing countries, accurate health data is simply not available. A key aim of the Global Data Charter is to raise awareness of the benefits of access to secure comprehensive, quality data and provide direction to help navigate individuals, professional bodies, organizations and governments as they proceed on the journey towards improving health data management.

The Charter was developed by the World Economic Forum with support provided by a broad group of stakeholders. FIP was represented on the Charter's Advisory Board which brought together public and private sector stakeholders including representatives from other healthcare organisations, WHO, the World Bank and commercial IT system providers such as Google and Orange.

Responding to the launch of the Charter, Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization and Acting Executive Secretary of Health Metrics Network said, "Improving quality and access to health data is essential to patients, communities and health service providers worldwide. This Charter provides a comprehensive mechanism to engage private and public sector stakeholders to develop better methods of health data management".

Access to high quality information about patient's health is as important for pharmacists as it is for other health professionals. Where patients consent, providing pharmacists with appropriate role-based access to patient records has the potential to greatly improve patient safety, support the development of new services for patients, improve interdisciplinary working and increase the quality and continuity of care provided to patients.

The charter can be downloaded in full from the WEF website here.