European Health Data Space – an opportunity now to grasp the future of data-driven healthcare

Denis Horgan* (Corresponding Author), Marian Hajduch, Marilena Vrana, Jeannette Soderberg, Nigel Hughes, Muhammad Imran Omar, Jonathan A. Lal, Marta Kozaric, Fidelia Cascini, Verena Thaler, Oriol Solà-Morales, Mario Romao, Frédéric Destrebecq, Edith Sky Gross

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The May 2022 proposal from the European commission for a ‘European health data space’ envisages advantages for health from exploiting the growing mass of health data in Europe. However, key stakeholders have identified aspects that demand clarification to ensure success. Data will need to be freed from traditional silos to flow more easily and to cross artificial borders. Wide engagement will be necessary among healthcare professionals, researchers, and the patients and citizens that stand to gain the most but whose trust must be won if they are to allow use or transfer of their data. This paper aims to alert the wider scientific community to the impact the ongoing discussions among lawmakers will have. Based on the literature and the consensus findings of an expert multistakeholder panel organised by the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) in June 2022, it highlights the key issues at the intersection of science and policy, and the potential implications for health research for years, perhaps decades, to come.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1629
Number of pages14
Issue number9
Early online date26 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

Denis Horgan developed the concept, orientation, and overall narrative for this manuscript. We would like to thank the members of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), and the representatives of the European Commission and Member States for their kind input. We would also like to thank Gary Saunders for his kind and valuable contribution. All coauthors of this manuscript participated in roundtables organised by EAPM. We thank them all for their valuable and kind inputs. The organised panel was facilitated by an unrestricted grant of: INTEL, Novartis, and AstraZeneca.


  • European
  • Health
  • Data
  • space
  • healthcare
  • policy framework
  • personalised healthcare


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