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Recommendation on the protection of health-related data

Recommendation on the protection of health-related data

  • United Kingdom
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms - General

19-07-2019

Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of health-related data

Mobile health apps and other technical applications in the health sector are becoming more and more popular. Whether it's heart rate, weight, medication, sleep phases or laboratory values, in health apps everything revolves around health data. Health data are all data that relate to the state of health of a natural person and that provide information about the person's past, present and future physical or mental health (see recital 35 GDPR). Such health data are personal data that are considered to be particularly sensitive. Regulations on the use of health data can be found in Article 9 GDPR. However, the regulations encounter practical implementation problems and uncertainties in their application, in particular with the new technical applications in the health sector. Concrete guidelines would be desirable for many providers of technical applications in the health sector.

On 27 March 2019, the Committee of Ministers published a recommendation to provide Member States with guidelines for regulating the processing of health-related data.

The recommendation states amongst other things that genetic data shall be subject to appropriate safeguards. Furthermore the recommendation defines conditions that apply to sharing, communicating and storing health-related data. In addition the Committee of Ministers informs about individual right relating to the processing of personal health data.

Special attention should be paid to chapter 6 as it lays down rules that apply to the use of mobile health devices.

Authorities should make the guidelines available to actors within the health system who process health data.

Providers of mobile health apps and other technical applications in the health sector should observe the authorities' current opinions and recommendations. Clarifying information may soon be made available to providers of technical applications in the healthcare sector.

The recommendation CM/Rec (2019)02 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of health-related data:

https://www.apda.ad/sites/default/files/2019-03/CM_Rec%282019%292E_EN.pdf

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