A Data-informed Public Health Policy-Makers Platform

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 May 7;17(9):3271. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093271.


Hearing loss is a disease exhibiting a growing trend due to a number of factors, including but not limited to the mundane exposure to the noise and ever-increasing size of the older population. In the framework of a public health policymaking process, modeling of the hearing loss disease based on data is a key factor in alleviating the issues related to the disease and in issuing effective public health policies. First, the paper describes the steps of the data-driven policymaking process. Afterward, a scenario along with the part of the proposed platform responsible for supporting policymaking are presented. With the aim of demonstrating the capabilities and usability of the platform for the policy-makers, some initial results of preliminary analytics are presented in the framework of a policy-making process. Ultimately, the utility of the approach is validated throughout the results of the survey which was presented to the health system policy-makers involved in the policy development process in Croatia.

Keywords: big data analytics; health; policymaking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Croatia
  • Health Policy*
  • Policy Making*
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy