To develop, test and promote methodological advances for the applied use of
coded health information
IMECCHI is an international collaboration of health services researchers who aim
to promote the methodological development and use of coded health information to
promote quality of care and quality health policy decisions. The main focus of
the Consortium is on methodological developments.
IMECCHI started from several bilateral and then multi-site collaborative work
between health services researchers
working with coded health information. Initially, W Ghali and H Quan developed
collaboration with V Sundararajan and then, taking advantage of a sabbatical of
W Ghali in Lausanne, with B. Burnand, P Halfon and JC Luthi, with the
participation of additional colleagues in Canada. This collaborative work was
followed by several publications and the organisation of a first meeting (funded
primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research) in Calgary and Banff,
Alberta, Canada in the Spring of 2005. Several more colleagues joined the group
at this occasion including, notably, Dr. P Romano who has played a key role in
the development of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators. The Banff meeting was
also an occasion for the group to elaborate a list of strategic priorities for
its activities which eventually led to a publication. A new sabbatical period of
W Ghali in Lausanne in 2006 allowed members of the group to organise the second
face-to-face meeting of the group in Montreux, Switzerland. This meeting allowed
IMECCHI to liaise with Dr BT Ustun, Leader of the Classification and Terminology
Unit at the WHO and his colleague, Dr. Robert Jakob. Contacts have also been
made with the OECD group working on PSI. The Montreux meeting also allowed the
group to enlarge to include additional key participants and led the group to
revisit its objectives and identify further initiatives to pursue its productive
collaboration and agenda.
IMECCHI 2011 Annual Meeting - Cape Town, South Africa
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About GHMC - Global Health Metadata Catalogue Project
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WHO-FIC Quality & Safety TAG Meeting Documents
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