Friday, September 29, 2023

Digitalization and collaboration: key for the EEDS

The European Health Data Space (EEDS), proposed in May 2022, is a specific ecosystem consisting of common rules, standards and practices aimed at ensuring this Access to the patient’s medical history from anywhere in the European Union (EU).

At this moment it is in a process in which the European Parliament is currently establishing its position on the proposed regulation European Commission. As mentioned Monste Daba Director of Science Policy and Internationalization of Biocat, “The European Commission assumes that End of 2024“At the end of the current mandate we will be in a position to start adopting the EEDS.”

Not all member states start from the same starting point, Dabán emphasizes that “those who hold this EU Presidency in the period from proposal to implementation. Among them are France, Sweden and Spain, which thanks to them high degree of digitalization in their respective health systems and the fact that this is on the agenda Data usage dialog have a certain superiority when it comes to integrating the EEDS.

“The EC assumes that it will be in a position to start adopting the EEDS at the end of 2024, at the end of the current mandate.”

In general, Monste Dabán explains that the state must have first Infrastructures and systems for storing patient data. This gives rise to problems such as addressing interoperability aspects, reducing fragmentation, preferably implementing tools such as e-prescriptions, and finally the pilot phase already underway to identify system weaknesses.

Carlos Telleria Biocomputing and Health Data Science, take a step back and stand still will of the country the integration of the EEDS by all actors in the system. That is, an infrastructure that allows the state to develop the space is not only necessary, but must be so manage those involved for correct implementation.

In addition to data storage and the will of countries and citizens, Dabán points to another axis of the EEDS, which is Secondary use of data to improve research and innovation. A process that requires Designation of organizations access by states to health data. These will be responsible, among other things, for granting access and further developing artificial intelligence systems for evidence generation.


In this panorama of EEDS adaptation, Spain has many advantages that put it in a leading position privileged place to drive innovation of this magnitude in the healthcare sector. Izabel Alfany ad interim General Director of EIT Health Spain, emphasizes that the Iberian country is among the five leading countries in Europe in the digitization of medical records: “You could say that we are one.” Superpower in the area of ​​data,” he emphasizes.

When Telleira explains the point of digitalization that Spain is at, he explains that this has been possible “thanks to…” Huge effort carried out over the last 15 or 20 years.”

“You could say we are a data superpower”

Monste Dabán explains that the NERD a Spanish case study conducted by Biocat under the EEDS focuses on government engagement Healthcare innovation and digital health particularly as reflected in the approved Digital Health Strategy for the National Health System.

All of these points, which Spain has focused on in recent years, mean that the future implementation of the EEDS does not entail any major complications. However, Telleira warns that although Spain has excellent infrastructure, it is still necessary to introduce a national level Set of normalization criteria and standards “which enable the exchange of information and the homogeneous implementation of processes.”

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