Epidemiol Prev 2019; 43 (4): 5-7

INTRODUCTION. Healthcare Administrative Databases and Algorithms: An Ongoing Epidemiological History

  • Lorenzo Simonato1

  • Giovanni Corrao2

  1. Department of Cardio-Thoraco-Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padua, Padua (Italy)
  2. Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Italy)
Lorenzo Simonato -


This supplement of Epidemiologia&Prevenzione is an extension and update of the Supplement published in 2008 on E&P and reports the results of the research activities of a Collaborative Working Group assembled with the goal of systematically collecting and reviewing the available published evidence on the use of algorithms in case identification in Italy during the past ten years.
The availability and use of electronic health data has grown during the last twenty years, and Italy was a pioneer in this sector since the use of electronic health database started in early Eighties. [...]