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New proposal for a secure and trustworthy access to health data

New European Health Data Space

On the 3rd May 2022, the European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of digital services in the health area. The uptake of digital tools increased significantly during this time. However, the complexity of rules, structures and processes across Member States makes it difficult to access and share health data, especially cross-border. In addition, health systems are now the target of increasing cyberattacks.

The EHDS will

  • empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States.
  • foster a genuine single market for digital health services and products.
  • offer a consistent, trustworthy and efficient framework to use health data for research, innovation, policy-making and regulatory activities, while ensuring full compliance with the EU’s high data protection standards.

More details here.

Source: European Commission

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