IMECCHI-DATANETWORK is an initiative launched by the IMECCHI group in October 2015, during the annual meeting in Manchester. The aim is creating and testing a distributed data infrastructure to conduct multicentric observational studies in a network of databases [1]. The infrastructure exploits the features of the open source software TheMatrix [2].

The data network currently involves 6 databases from countries across 4 continents: Asia (South Korea), Europe (Denmark, Italy, Switzerland), North America (Canada) and Oceania (New Zealand).

The initiative is currently funded by the participating institutions.


[1] Gini R, Schuemie M, Brown J, Ryan P, Vacchi E, Coppola M, et al. Data Extraction And Management In Networks Of Observational Health Care Databases For Scientific Research: A Comparison Among EU-ADR, OMOP, Mini-Sentinel And MATRICE Strategies. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). Feb 2016;4(1).

[2] TheMatrix: the tool for easy observational health data management from CSV files. Accessed February 2016.