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Open Hospital Discharge Records (UY0135)



Action Plan: Uruguay Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: the Ministry of Public Health

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Health, Open Data, Public Service Delivery, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Uruguay Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Hospital discharge records of the Ministry of Public Health in
open formats
Commitment start and end date: October 2018 to May 2019.
Institution or actor responsible for the implementation: the Ministry of Public Health
New commitment.
Theme: Health
Commitment description
What is the commitment?
To publish in open data format the hospital discharge record database of
the Ministry of Public Health, with basic demographic data and
classification of the disease according to ICD 10. These will be published
on the website of the Ministry of Public Health and in the National Catalog
of Open Data.
What is the problem that the
commitment will address?
The data from the hospital discharge records can be used as a tool to
approach disease profiles, health-related needs and demands. It allows to
carry out analyses with different approaches to the health situation,
management and auditing, among other things. Currently, in order to
access record data, a request for information must be filed.
According to what emerged in the "Open Data" Working Group held on 9
May 2018 in the framework of the co-creation process of the 4th Open
Government Action Plan, among other proposals related to the area of
health and care, Civil Society pointed out that data linked to hospital
discharges should be available in open format. This is why this commitment
would be responding to a specific request.
How will the commitment
contribute to solving the
The hospital discharge record database will be made available in open data
format, upon prior anonymization of the records. The data and metadata
will be accessible and posted on the website of the Ministry of Health as
well as in the National Catalog of Open Data for use by civil society.
OGP value to which this
commitment will contribute.
It contributes to the transparency of health policy and provides access to
public information for all citizens.
Additional information
• It contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3 "Health and
• This commitment is also based on the powers vested in the Ministry of Public Health
by Law No. 9 202 (Organic Law of the Ministry of Public Health) and Law No.18 211
(Law creating the SNIS). Likewise, the data obtained from the reports sent by the
institutions are displayed, in accordance with the management agreements with the
National Health Board.
• It is linked to the national development plan or to sectoral plans.
Objectives and/or milestones
Description of objectives and/or milestones Start date End date
To carry out the anonymization of the hospital discharge record
database of the Ministry of Public Health.
October 2018 April 2019
To publish on the institutional website and in the National
Catalog of Open Data.
May 2019 May 2019
Note: Where feasible, care will be taken to ensure that the information presented is gender
Contact information
Name of the responsible person Dr. Joaquín Bazzano
Title, Department DIGESA
Email address and phone number
1934 ext. 2255
Name(s) of responsible technician(s) Dr. Miguel Alegretti
Title, Department Health Surveillance Department
Email address and phone number
1934 ext. 4061


Open Government Partnership