24 APRIL 2024

European doctors welcome adoption of provisional agreement on the European Health Data Space

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) welcomes the adoption of the provisional agreement on the European Health Data Space by the European Parliament plenary.

The complex file and the intense negotiations have led to an overall balanced text in a fragmented legal landscape. We welcome the staged approach to the implementation of the regulation as well as the commitment to involve direct users in the implementation process, namely healthcare professionals and patients.

European Doctors remain concerned over the administrative burden for healthcare professionals and call for appropriate funding and capacity building. We also highlight the need to safeguard the principles of patient confidentiality and professional secrecy.

Doctors, as direct users, must have an active role in the development, implementation, and governance system of the EHDS to ensure trust, usability and collaboration between patients and healthcare providers.

The electronic health record (EHR) systems should be designed in a user-friendly way to support healthcare professionals in their tasks and reduce administrative work. Existing national systems need to be taken into account.