TEHDAS suggests minimum technical services for the European health data space
TEHDAS has identified the technical services needed for exchanging health data for research and policymaking in Europe.
The recent report of the joint action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) identifies a minimum set of technical services – basic software items – required for the cross-border secondary use of health data in Europe. The secondary use of health data involves using health data, such as patient records, for research, decision-making, and innovation.
The technical services are structured for each phase of an updated version of the user journey. There are four steps a data user, such as researcher, will need to follow to be able to access data and use it. These are data discovery, data permit application, data use and project finalisation.
The report describes the functions of each service, the actors involved in providing the service, and whether it would be implemented in centralised, distributed or a hybrid manner in the forthcoming European health data space (EHDS).
The report clarifies the main elements – known as the architecture of the health data space – in relation to existing regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and with the aim of preparing it for the expected EHDS regulation proposal.
The report provides a basis for discussion on how these services could be implemented. TEHDAS will continue its work and issue a final report in early 2023.