Who is Heidi? Heidi is a little girl living in the Swiss mountains with her grandfather and her stories are told in one of the most famous children books but this is not a story about her. It’s about: Health in Europe Information and Data Interface.
On Wednesday the 6th October 2010 DG SANCO gave a workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein introducing HEIDI. The innovative European health information system was presented and sources which will feed into the system introduced. In an interactive discussion, participants could express their expectations and needs, provide feedback and recommendations for a successful system.
One and half years later, on the 3rd of May 2012 HEIDI was launched, presenting reliable and comparable data on health in the EU. It is a Wiki platform, enabling health experts to write reports and create texts that can be uploaded on the site and later on edited. This can be done individually, if you are registered as an editor, without the help of an administrator, allowing information to be shared and involving the whole health community across Europe.
Information on health status, determinants, systems and policies can be founded on the site and can be organised and searched for by year, country or by region. Searching for keywords or specific topics is also an option or browsing the glossary containing reports from e.g. the EMCDDA, IARC or WHO. As a user you are able to create your own reports by selecting articles and graphs and put them in one single document which can be saved or printed as a pdf, if you wish to have a hardcopy.
HEIDI is an innovative and interactive databank sharing information on the most up to date health context created by experts.