The Future of Health Data in the EU:
Perspectives on the European Health Strategy to date

A webinar series organised by Metamedica and i~HD

Panel of experts

Speakers for these sessions bring years of experience and knowledge to the table


Open to anyone interested, at no financial cost

In the past five years the European Union (EU) has set the stage for a dramatic transformation in the field of digital health. In 2018, after implementing some of the most stringent data protection standards in the world under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission announced its ambitious European Data Strategy. The aim of this strategy, among many goals, was to promote the use and reuse of health data for research and innovation through a common European health data space. Through sector specific legislation and various initiatives, the Commission has aimed to make this space a reality and improve the effectiveness, quality, and cost of healthcare systems while maintaining a high level of protection for individual rights.
Now in 2022, we are beginning to see this strategy take shape through number of legislative proposals including the Data Governance Act, Data Act, and the  European Health Data Space Regulation.

In this webinar series we aim to share insights into the state of health data sharing in the EU and take an in depth look at the proposed legislative and policy changes that are set to rewrite the rules on health data sharing in the EU.

In a four-part series we will bring together interdisciplinary panels of experts in law, ethics, healthcare, and bioinformatics to expound upon four topics central to the European Data Strategy for health data:

1) Data sharing and secondary use
2) Patient Rights and quality of care
3) Data Quality, interoperability, and security, and
4) Member State implementation.


Schedule of webinars

Further information on upcoming webinars will be announced soon.


Webinar 1
A closer look: a review of the current EU health data landscape

In this introductory webinar, we take stock of and comment on the newest updates in the legal and regulatory framework proposed at EU level, from ethical considerations and data sharing to interoperability and data quality. Join our experts in a discussion on issues and questions that may stem from the present landscape when dealing with health data and data sharing across the EU as well as internationally.

Date: 20 June 2022
Time: 12:00-13:30
(1 hour 30 minutes)


Nathan Lea, PhD
DPO/Information Governance Lead, i~HD

Christophe Maes
Audit Manager/Business Developer, i~HD

Prof. Heidi Mertes, PhD
Associate Professor,
Ghent University

Prof. Mahsa Shabani, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Ghent University


Maria Christofidou

Maria Christofidou

Kyle McKibbin
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Ghent University