Epidemiology / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
ERKNet Registry for Rare Kidney Diseases [ERK-REG]
Designed to meet the Third Health Programme objective to facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens, the ERKNet Registry project aims to establish an online platform for the coll...
Designed to meet the Third Health Programme objective to facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens, the ERKNet Registry project aims to establish an online platform for the collection of information relevant to patient health and clinical research within the framework of the European Rare Kidney Disease Reference Network (ERKNet).
This will be accomplished by the construction and implementation of a single core registry encompassing all rare kidney diseases in pediatric and adult patients.
The ERKNet Registry will collect at annual intervals (1) a common data set providing basic information about clinical, histopathological and genetic diagnosis, patient status, current kidney function and treatment modality and available biospecimens, and (2) a selected disease-specific set of key performance and outcome indicators. The latter will be defined by the ERKNet workgroups in a structured consensus-building process involving evidence-based guideline review and an iterative Delphi surveys among internal and external experts.
The Registry will contain an automated statistics and benchmarking functionality to allow continuous monitoring and benchmarking of treatment quality, guideline adherence and patient outcomes.
Existing disease- and treatment specific registries used by a major fraction of ERKNet members will be linked to the ERKNet Core Registry to allow data transmission and avoid the need of double entries. A stringent data protection policy will be applied in full compliance with the EU directive and regulation as well as national regulations on patient privacy and data protection, including central peudonymisation with separate storage of medical and patient identifying information.
In summary, we are proposing an innovative Web-based registry solution with a patient-oriented focus on continuous healthcare quality inmprovement by automated performance monitoring and Network wide benchmarking.
Start date: 01/01/2018 - End date: 31/12/2020

Call: Rare diseases - support for New Registries
Topic: Epidemiology
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Codification for Rare Diseases [RDCODE]
The objective of this project is to support Member States in improving gathering information on rare diseases by implementation of Orphacodes (rare diseases specific codification system). The implemen...
The objective of this project is to support Member States in improving gathering information on rare diseases by implementation of Orphacodes (rare diseases specific codification system). The implementation process will be guided by the "Standard procedure and guide for the coding with Orphacodes" and the "Specification and implementation manual of the Master file" both developed in the frame of the current RD-ACTION Joint Action. The aim of the Orphacode project is to promote the use of the Orphanet nomenclature for implementation into routine coding systems. This enables a standardised and consistent level of information to be shared at European level. Starting with countries that have no systematic implementation of the Orpha codification yet, but that are actively committed already in doing so, this project will provide a sufficient real-world implementation experience to be captured by other countries in the future. Outcomes are: 1. Development of comprehensive rules of use and meta-data documentation for Orphacodes use in clinical health information and other applications that has been developed and rigorously tested in health care systems from EC countries of varying sizes, health information systems, and languages 2. An electronic repository will be created to house this information at the Orphanet website, linking to Orphadata, to include: guidance for use of Orphacodes; teaching and training documents used in health care systems; tools for export of Orphacodes to federated data exploitation at the EC level. 3. Through collaboration of RDCODE partners and invited collaboration with key stakeholders at workshops, effective implementation will be achieved at implementing countries as well as momentum will be developed in other jurisdictions to implement Orphacodes in widespread use to accurately measure the impact of rare diseases in the EC.
Start date: 01/01/2019 - End date: 31/12/2021

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2018
Topic: Epidemiology
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
European Rare Blood Disorders Platform [ENROL]
ENROL, the European Rare Blood Disorders Platform, has been conceived in the core of ERN-EuroBloodNet as an umbrella for both new and already existing registries on rare hematological disorders (RHDs)...
ENROL, the European Rare Blood Disorders Platform, has been conceived in the core of ERN-EuroBloodNet as an umbrella for both new and already existing registries on rare hematological disorders (RHDs). ENROL aims at avoiding fragmentation of data by promoting the standards for patient registries’ interoperability released by the EU RD platform. ENROL’s principle is to maximize public benefit from data on RHDs opened-up through the platform with the only restriction needed to guarantee patient rights and confidentiality, in agreement with EU regulations for cross-border sharing of personal data.
Accordingly, ENROL will map at the EU level demographics, survival rates, diagnosis methods, genetic information, main clinical manifestations and treatments in order to obtain epidemiological figures and identify trial cohorts for basic and clinical research. To this aim, ENROL will connect and facilitate upgrading of existing RHD registries, while promoting the building of new ones when / where lacking. Target-driven actions will be carried-out in collaboration with EURORDIS for educating patients and families about the benefits of enrolment in such registries, including different cultural and linguistic strategies.
The standardised collection and monitoring of disease specific health care outcomes through the ENROL user-friendly platform will determine how specialised care is delivered, where are the gaps in diagnosis, care or treatment and where best to allocate financial, technical or human resources. Moreover, it will allow promoting research especially for those issues that remain unanswered or sub optimally addressed by the scientific community; furthermore, it will allow promoting clinical trials for new drugs. ENROL will enable the generation of evidence for better healthcare for RHD patients in EU as ultimate goal.
Start date: 01/06/2020 - End date: 31/05/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: Epidemiology