Digital transformation will play a key role in meeting the post-pandemic world’s challenges related to healthcare. However, achieving this will require that relevant policies are implemented to address critical challenges around accessibility, data interoperability and digital literacy to ensure that no one is left behind during this digital transformation. A successful digital health transition requires empowering patients and rethinking education and life-long training, as well as bringing about strong governance models that inspire and sustain public trust.
We are at a critical juncture in the digital health revolution. There is a shared understanding by all stakeholders of the power of data and digital health solutions to advance cancer care. But known obstacles remain. It’s time to be precise about these, prioritise and take pragmatic and achievable actions now.
The European Health Data Space Regulation is expected to support such a successful digital health transition, by promoting better exchange and access to health data, not only to support healthcare delivery, but also for research, regulatory, and policy making purposes.
The Community 365 Roundtable Meeting on the European Health Data Space and Cancer aims to:
This Roundtable is for policymakers, healthcare professionals, patient advocates and anyone else concerned about the potential of digitalisation in cancer care.
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Prof Wim Oyen, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem
Prof Carlo Catalano, Department of Radiological, Oncological and Pathological Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology, Sapienza University of Rome
Mark Lawler, Board Member, European Cancer Organisation (ECO), and Professor of Digital Health, Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
Taking perspectives from academics, healthcare professionals, patients and leading policy-makers at the European Commission and elsewhere, Part 1 of the roundtable will:
In Part 2 of the roundtable, experts from leading EU supported health data projects will provide their insights and experiences on the development of a shared infrastructure between countries for data sharing.
Interoperability and data standardisation are long known challenges to overcome in respect to achieving enhanced health data sharing. Part 3 of the roundtable will highlight the opportunities, approaches and case studies that demonstrate how such obstacles can be overcome.
A legal proposal can set out what the law should be on a certain topic, and, in the case of the European Health Data Space, underpin its operation with a strong legal foundation. However, ultimately, the real test of implementation will be at the national level. The session of the Roundtable will look beyond the passage of EHDS legislation and examine the perspectives of those in-country with future responsibilities for EHDS implementation.