Agència de Qualitat i
Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya

www.gencat.cat

The Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (Agency for Quality and Health Assessment of Catalonia) is a public non-profit organization and makes part of the Catalan Department of Health. AQuAS has the mission to generate relevant knowledge to contribute to the improvement of the quality, safety and sustainability of the healthcare system, with the main goal of supporting the decision making process of the citizens, professionals, managers and policy makers.

AQuAS comprises four organizational units: 1) Evaluation of technologies, research and quality in health. 2) Integration of Information Systems and ICT applied to health. 3) Catalan Health System Observatory. 4) Innovation. AQuAS main FP7 projects are: DECIPHER (first European PCP project in the area of mHealth – Role: Coordinator and leader of the Evaluation WP); epSOS (Role: leader of the Evaluation WP); Renewing Health (Role: leader of the Evaluation WP); United4Health (Role: leader of the Evaluation WP); INSPIRE (Role: leader of the Dissemination WP), ENIGMA (Role: leader of PCP Deliverables Guidance, Monitoring and Evaluation), Unwired Health (role: leader of the Evaluation WP) and PEGASO (Role: leader of pilot test Evaluation WP).

PEGASO project is developed in collaboration with The Catalan Agency of Public Health.

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) (http://salutpublica.gencat.cat) has been created to protect the health and safety of all Catalans. Its activities focus on preventing diseases, promoting and protecting health and responding to public health emergencies and infectous diseases outbreaks. The Public Health Agency of Catalonia ensures these services for a population of 7,565,603 people (2012). To provide them the ASPCAT has more than 1,000 health professionals all over Catalonia. The ASPCAT bases its work on the fact that the key element of a population health approach is the recognition that improving health is a shared responsability. "Intersectorial collaboration" is the joint action among health and other groups to improve health outcomes. The challenges include as well collaborating across ministries and levels of government to develop healthy public policies; developing health goals and accountability frameworks that reflect the population health approach; balancing investments across the healthy system.

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