i~HD webinar series 2021: GDPR for tomorrow’s health data-driven innovation

​How to successfully harness GDPR to meet health data reuse challenges and realise opportunities as the number and scale of health data and research infrastructures across Europe grows​.

Health data has the potential to catalyse smarter health care and efficient research . We need to urgently ramp up our learning by creating and combining high-quality health data, and its trustworthy uses.

As a neutral, multi-stakeholder institute The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data strives to maximise community value from health data.

That is why we promote, develop and share good practices and tools and perform quality assessments.

We must learn from health data now to enhance tomorrow’s world

Why we champion better health data re-use: real world examples 

Fighting COVID-19 with big data

Finding the best type of blood pressure drug for the prevention of heart attack and stroke

Better clinical decisions based on high-quality health data

Reimbursement for health apps with demonstrated data protection and interoperability

Best colonoscopy practices for earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer 

Discover why and how health data is crucial to boost knowledge

Our 6 core work streams


Health data is often not fit for crucial reuse purposes such as clinical research, decision making, value-based health care. We therefore catalyse stakeholders to scale up their data quality, by coaching, educating and equipping them with instruments, organising assessments, providing insights and strategies to benchmark and enhance their health data quality, and providing expert support in all phases of the research lifecycle.


All organisations, and the public, need to trust the ways in which health data is used, and by whom. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has heightened our awareness of this. We have translated our expertise in data protection for reuse purposes into codes of practices, educational and certification programmes, which we provide to organisations and European projects.


With more and more health ICT systems collecting and exchanging health data, we see a growing demand to demonstrate the trustworthiness of those systems. Using 1700 criteria and a standardised conformity assessment framework, we assess and certify the quality and governance of health ICT platforms.


Interoperability standards are vital to scaling up health data use, even more so given the rise of patient and citizen generated data. i~HD staff and experts have a long history of developing international health data interoperability standards, and their adoption into products and health ecosystems, connecting clinical information between silos to enable safer and more effective patient care, and big data research.


Organisations handling health data want to provide assurance they do so in trustworthy ways. i~HD programmes offer audits for data, ICT systems, information governance and skills. As an independent institute, i~HD is best positioned to award quality labels to stakeholders that showcase their engagement, quality and accountability.


We know that everybody needs to do more, and invest more, in health data through improved models of healthcare delivery, patient empowerment, and the development of innovative diagnostics and treatments. We help to stimulate this multi-stakeholder momentum to collect, curate, share and analyse data across care and research, for the benefit of all.

Let’s create trust

Our approach

Through our community and programmes, i~HD helps all players in the health data ecosystem by flexing our five muscles.

We convince

We convince everyone about the societally-beneficial uses of health data, about the need for high-quality data and how health data can be shared in acceptable ways. 

We connect

We unite stakeholders within our neutral forum to share needs and expertise, to co-create optimised solutions, to coach each player to assure their quality and increase their trustworthiness.

We create

We create innovative solutions and programmes, practical guides, educational resources and quality labels to support the creation, use, sharing and reuses of health data.

We certify

We assess the quality and trustworthy uses of health data  and we award successful organisations with seals and certificates. 

We  catalyse

We catalyse change and improvement through engaging multiple stakeholders in co-creating and then adopting health data usage solutions and programmes, education, peer networks.

Good data has the same value as a new drug! In the future a unique lifesaving decision will be taken for each individual patient on the basis of his own data.

Dr. Paul Stoffels
Dr. Paul Stoffels,
Vice Chairman & Chief Scientific Officer Johnson & Johnson

EAHM 2019 Congress in Ghent, 2019

Enriching knowledge and enhancing care through health data


On 10 June 2021 our member organisation MedTech Europe joined forces with EFPIA to hold a joint panel discussion on "Unlocking the power of health data: the promise of the European Health Data Space” (EHDS). The event included a keynote address by Ms Stella Kyriakides and a presentation on the EHDS by Ms Ioana-Maria Gligor, Head of Unit Digital Health. Our President Dipak Kalra was one of the invited panel speakers to discuss the opportunities from making better use of data offered by the EHDS, and the importance of societal trust.
How Novel Collaborations and New Players are Reshaping the HEOR Landscape. Prof. Dipak Kalra will be speaking at a session that will bring together thought leaders from government, payers, technology, and academia.
On May 6, 2021, I~HD, In4care, the hospital network CUROZ and City of Aalst organised an online event focussed on the digitisation of health care in Belgium. i~HD has its own dedicated session: Are we aware how much we can learn from health data gained via mobile apps? Assuring trust in the re-use of mobile health-data now, to enhance tomorrow’s healthcare!
Interventions involving medicinal products are a central element of health care. UNICOM is a European health innovation project promoting the IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products) standards. Dipak Kalra and Robert Vander Stichele contributed to the UNICOM webinar on 21 April: Towards Medicinal Products Data Global Interoperability: Why should we strive for it?
Large healthcare organisations frequently need to archive historic electronic health record information on patients who are no longer being cared for. The European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eArchiving Building Block publishes standards and software tools to support E-Archiving, and is organising a series of free webinars on this topic.
The Digital Health Society & i~HD have bundled the outcomes of two recent multi-stakeholder consultations to examine the acceptance criteria for societal trust in the use of health data and a recipe for trustworthy digital health: standards, architecture and value. Find out our recommendations on seven key themes.