New rules for European health data
New medical data rules will help improve care, save lives and protect patients’ privacy.
That is the view of Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune, a member of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the new legislation.
The European Health Data Space (EHDS) is designed to boost the exchange of health data, strengthen people’s control of their medical records and help research and development.
MEP Clune says, “Health data helps scientists, innovators and planners provide better products, services and infrastructure.
When professionals involved in patient’s care can easily access digital records they can make more accurate diagnosis and provide more appropriate treatment.
The sharing of medical data is also a central component of a strong European Health Union, which aims to collectively deliver stronger health systems in Ireland and all countries across the EU.
The European Health Data Space regulations aim to provide a smooth functioning cross border information system applying the highest standards of data protection.
There are huge benefits to the rollout of digital technologies across our healthcare services, but it is vital to treat health data with utmost care and ensure people’s medical information remains safe.”