PHIRI (Population Health Information Research Infrastruture) is the new Health Information project on COVID-19 financed by the European Commission. The project builds on the BRIDGE Health project and the Joint Action Infact. PHIRI was launched in November 2020 and it includes 41 partners in 30 different countries.
PHIRI for COVID-19, is a practical use case that lays the foundation for ultimately developing a Distributed Infrastructure on Population Health (DIPoH). The project will support research across Europe through the identification, access, assessment and reuse of population health and non-health data to underpin (public health) policy decisions on COVID-19 and future health crisis. The aim is to share data and expertise between countries through a Health Information portal on population health in close interaction with key stakeholders in the health information landscape, in particular with ECDC, EUROSTAT, JRC, OECD, and WHO.
PHIRI for COVID-19 has the following objectives:
- To provide a Health Information portal for COVID-19 with FAIR catalogues on health and health care data for structured information exchange across European countries. The Portal will provide the services and tools necessary for researchers to link different data sources and to use Pan-European data in a GDPR compliant, federated way.
- To provide structured exchange between countries on COVID-19 best practices and expertise. Within PHIRI, public health and clinical management information and methodologies identified at national and international level will be shared, allowing researchers and policy makers to have access to the most relevant and up to date evidence based research.
- To promote interoperability and tackle health information inequalities. PHIRI will support researchers and public health bodies to research queries related to COVID-19 in FAIR and ELSI compliant manners. It will provide capacity building for management of COVID-19 relevant population health and healthcare data starting from the phase of designing data collections to analysis, reporting and preservation.