European Community Health Indicator Monitoring System

ECHIM Joint Action (2009−2011) seeks to consolidate the ECHI Indicator system towards a sustainable health information system, as well as to collect and disseminate comparable health data and information based on the ECHI shortlist. Much of the practical work of ECHIM is carried out in ECHIM Secretariats in Finland (THL), the Netherlands (RIVM), Lithuania (LSIC), Germany (RKI) and Italy (ISS). The Core Group of ECHIM comprises of 35 members and the action has a liaison with the European Commission, Eurostat, Member States and WHO Regional Office for Europe. The Joint Action covers 24 MSs as well as Iceland, Norway and the Republic of Moldova, and it has contact persons in 32 countries.

Specific objectives:

  • to improve, document and maintain the ECHI(European Community Health Indicators) Indicators
  • to develop guidelines and MS specific plans for ECHI shortlist indicators implementation at MS, regional and EU-level, as needed
  • to implement ECHI shortlist indicators in MSs and to achieve good coverage
  • to maintain a network of national health indicator experts for ECHI Indicators and the needed data collection
  • to map, design and test the data flow between MSs and a central capacity for health monitoring
  • to present health data based on the ECHI shortlist, in connection with the EUPHIX system
  • to produce the first joint analysis and report on data based on ECHI shortlist indicators

Starting / Ending Date

2009 – 2011

Project Coordinator


Funder: Executive Agency for Health and Consumers – European Commission
Total Amount: 1500000 EUR
BBU Amount: 2500 EUR

Staff from Department of Public Health

Project Partners

Scientific Institute for Public Health (Belgium)

Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic

Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland)

Robert Koch Institut (Germany)

National School of Public Health (Greece)

University of Patras (Greece)

Department of Health and Children (Ireland)

National Institute of Health (Italy)

Institute of Hygiene (Lithuania)

RIVM-National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Netherlands)

Institute of Public Health (Slovenia)

Ministry of Health and Social Policy (Spain)

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Sweden)

OECD Health Division

WHO Regional Office for Europe