How does the GDPR apply to health data?​

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Topics covered include: Why the GDPR was introduced (its purpose), to whom and what it applies to.

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Webinar 1: How does the GDPR apply to health data?

In the first webinar we will introduce the series with a welcome from i~HD’s President Dipak Kalra and Educational Programme Lead Tanja Vincken. This webinar focuses on the broad impacts of GDPR and how it applies to health data driven research. We will consider the implications for innovation from a legal professional, health sector and health industrial perspective.

Topics covered include: Why the GDPR was introduced (its purpose), to whom and what it applies to. The GDPR principles and how these impact on the main data flows when collecting and analysing health data through apps, wearables, clinical systems and research systems. Practical adoption and compliance steps (e.g. what is a DPIA, what legal bases are often used in different situations). Boundary conditions: data minimisation, use that is consistent with the legal basis, catering for withdrawal of consent. Good practices that should be adopted: transparency, information security measures, codes of conduct. An introduction to anonymisation and pseudonymisation. If COVID-19 has changed the expectation landscape. Q&A from the audience.

Date: 16/09/2021        Time: 14.00 CEST      Duration: 2 hours


  • Dipak Kalra
  • Tanja Vinken
  • Nathan Lea
  • Maria Christofidou
  • Petra Wilson
  • Brendan Barnes
  • Health provider legal expertise

i~HD webinar series 2021: GDPR for tomorrow's health data-driven innovation

It has been over three years since the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation and the number and scale of health data driven research infrastructures and opportunities across Europe continue to grow. Join i~HD and its experts from across the health research and innovation sector for a series of webinars on how to successfully harness GDPR to meet health data reuse challenges and drive innovation into the next decade.

Our webinar series will offer you an exclusive insight into the GDPR's impact on health data driven research and innovation as experienced by experts from across the health innovation sector. The speakers, working in the legal, ethical, ICT, data management and patient representative professions, will share their knowledge and experience on key aspects of data protection in the field of healthcare innovation. They will discuss and explore practical experience and solutions, best practices and approaches for compliance, data breach management, failures and prosecutions, meaningful public engagement, security, novel technologies and forthcoming regulation (including the AI Regulation and Data Governance Act) and more.

What can you learn from our GDPR Webinar Series? These are the questions we will address:

  • How does GDPR impact on the collection, storage and uses of health data?
  • What are the steps required to develop a GDPR-compliant health data pipeline? 
  • How can you use a Data Protection Impact Assessment to enhance your data handling?
  • What safeguards does the GDPR require when capturing, analysing or sharing data?
  • What are good practices when drafting consent forms, information leaflets and meaningful transparency notices?
  • What codes of conduct should your staff adopt when working with health data?
  • How can you protect against data breaches and their penalties?
  • What are the implications of pseudonymisation and anonymous data use for research and what are the best approaches?
  • How can we develop next generation data analytics complying with the GDPR with a view on the forthcoming AI Regulation and Data Governance Act?

Who should attend?

  • Patient organisations
  • Health care providers
  • Pharma & life sciences
  • Health ICT and data driven industry
  • Health & data strategy organisations
  • Academia & research centres
  • Standards & certification bodies
  • Visit the i~HD website for more information.

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    Health data has the potential to catalyse smarter health care and efficient research . We need to urgently ramp up our learning by creating and combining high-quality health data, and its trustworthy uses. As a neutral, multi-stakeholder institute The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data strives to maximise community value from health data. That is why we promote, develop and share good practices and tools and perform quality assessments.

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