Digital transformation in the healthcare sector through innovations in electronic patient records, health apps and wearables, connected medical devices and online consultations generates an ever-increasing amount of patient data and presents a wide range of opportunities. The challenge is using this data for medical research without clashing with the provisions of applicable data protection laws, particularly consent requirements. This IAPP-published article discusses how legislators and governments are working to address these challenges to further enable innovation and research. The article includes specific examples from the EU and Germany.
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