Health data protocol meeting, 20-21 January 2014, Paris

The Health data protocol meeting was held in Paris in January and all partners joined it, some person was connected via videoconference.
The meeting gave the chance to discuss about Health data protocol, action B2 “Survey and health data collection” of MED HISS project and to create a fruitful exchange of views.

Communication activities: www.medhiss.eu is the MED HISS official website and will hold all documents to disseminate project activities, progress and results for the duration of the project.
The web site contains a private section with a collaboration tool (a platform with a forum and a repository) to interact and share materials between partners.
The notice board was presented and will to be printed by every Partner by the end of February 2014.

Management system: every partner must have a referent and it is compulsory to establish an efficient administrative system for official communications with the project coordinator.
Timesheets and financial reports should be ideally sent to the coordinator and updated every month: a check lists will be given by the coordinator to the partners. All documents (travels, eligible costs, overheads, financial statements) should be stored in the platform and kept updated to guarantee the traceability of expenses in case of audit.
The structure of the forthcoming Inception Report, according to Common Provisions has been shared with partners: a list of necessary documents for financial reporting will be made available.
The letter concerning the first monitoring visit from European Commission pointed out that each partner is responsible for his own timesheets.

The Steering Committee analysed the main decision taken during the first two meetings in order to overcome the unavailability of the National Health Survey Data in Spain and Slovenia.
A key point about the trends/changes in exposure was discussed: it’s a very difficult task to be performed and it was decided to try to exploit this issue, since it could be one of the very few (if not only) realistic source of overestimation of effects in air pollution long-term studies, thus particularly relevant to suggest to work on those methodological challenges.
It is something not much appreciated in this field (and many researchers had a hard time to give the "back extrapolation" within ESCAPE project). It is particularly important therefore to develop this methodologically.

It could be attractive to work on the ecologic versus individual long-term estimation: nobody as far as it’s known has worked on it and it would be an interesting develop of the project, very useful for its consequences and applicability.
The Italian and French data can help to define the degree of the ecological bias; the methodology therefore will be applied to all the participating countries.

Health data protocol meeting, agenda