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EMA - public consultation on European Health Data Space (EHDS)

12th May 2021

We would like to inform you that the European Commission has launched a public consultation on European Health Data Space (EHDS), which aims to make full use of digital health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities. It will promote access to health data for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, research and innovation, as well as for policy-making and legislation.

Facilitating better access to and exchange of health data is crucial to ensure increased accessibility, availability and affordability of healthcare, to stimulate innovation in health and care for better treatment and outcomes, and to foster innovative solutions that make use of digital technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI). The collection, access, use and re-use of health data in healthcare poses specific challenges, in particular in finding the right balance between measures facilitating data sharing while preserving individuals’ interests and rights, including with respect to the protection of their personal data. 

In order to ensure that all possible views are considered in the design of a legal framework for a European Health Data Space and to ensure transparency and accountability, the European Commission invites all interested individuals and stakeholders to share their views and experiences. Your contribution can help provide important insights, opinions and evidence to support the impact assessment accompanying the EHDS proposal on the problems to be tackled, the policy options to be considered and their likely impacts.

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire by 26 July 2021.

For any questions regarding this consultation, please contact directly the European Commission at Sante-consult-b3@ec.europa.eu.

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