New research published in The Lancet examines the impact the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had on Europe's cancer research challenges. The paper (requires free subscription) outlines how "collaborative research is critical to ensure improvement in cancer care from early diagnosis to precise application of therapies. Data sharing ensures research robustness, adequate datasets for statistically significant results, economies of scales and cost-effective approaches through data reuse and enhancement, and ultimately expedites the validation and implementation of research findings."
In related news, EURACTIV reports the EU health data space proposal for sharing medical records data for research purposes will only work if there is a significant degree of trust from citizens. Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of the Digital Health unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety said, "Health data is the blood running through the veins of our healthcare systems."
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