Democracy at work - the European Health Data Space from concept to reality

Friday, 27 September 2024 | 12:15-13:30 | Kursaal

Organised by the European Health Forum Gastein & the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

The European Health Data Space (EHDS) is a landmark piece of legislation that aims to enhance citizens´ primary use of data while promoting the ability to reuse data for the benefit of society as a whole. In order to ensure data privacy and bolster cybersecurity, this legislation has created a set of guidelines, infrastructure, and governance mechanisms to facilitate the usage of electronic health data. Its effectiveness will depend on a number of factors, including social trust, digital proficiency, and connectivity throughout the EU, in addition to the ability of Member States to effectively implement the legal basis of the legislation. This plenary will recap achievements to date and discuss successes and challenges with regard to implementation of the EHDS in different Member States and from the perspective of different stakeholder groups.



  • Marco Marsella, Director, Digital, EU4Health and Health systems modernisation, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
  • Barbara Prainsack, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna


  • Nick Fahy, Research Group Director, RAND Europe

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