Facilitate health information sharing for the benefits of healthcare
The data protection Directive dating from 1995 is under revision. This is an opportunity for the EU to adopt data protection rules that preserve patients’ privacy while facilitating health information sharing to deliver better healthcare in a more cost efficient way. The next generation of legislation should recognise the benefits brought by innovative technologies in healthcare, be future-proof, workable and should respond to the following needs:
• Allow the health information sharing for primary usage i.e. diagnostic, treatment and follow-up purposes.
• Support business intelligence and data analytics for secondary usage i.e. public health and research purposes
• Create legal certainty for the business community by establishing clear responsibilities between data controller and data processor (as per current regime).
• Harmonise the conditions for storing and processing health information within the EU to create a level playing field between service providers operating in different countries.