In more than a decade, Iceland has been developing electronic child health records for use within preventive child health services, i.e., Saga for children <6 years and Ískrá for school children 6-15 years of age. Professor Gunnlaugsson has been actively involved in the design and implementation of this system that now has a nationwide coverage. This system has been designed to meet the needs of the well baby clinics as well as the need for surveillance of child health in a public health perspective. In this presentation Professor Gunnlaugsson will present the two systems in use, discuss design features and the potential for use for continuous child public health surveillance. Finally, he will discuss the current economic crisis in Iceland and how it has impacted on child health in the country.

Geir Gunnlaugsson is since January 2010, the Chief Medical Officer for Iceland. He is Professor of Public Health at the Reykjavík University and for nine years the director of the Centre for Child Health Services in Reykjavík. He is a paedicatricans, trained at Karolinska/St. Göran in Stockholm in 1985-1993 where he defended his doctoral dissertation. Further, since the 1980´s he has been involved with child health work and promotion in Africa, primarily in Guinea Bissau and Malawi. Professor Gunnlaugsson is the current general secretary of the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP). He represented Iceland in the EU funded projects RICHE – Research Inventory of Child Health in the European Region and CHILD – Child Health Indicators of Life and Development.