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France: Ministers issue order creating Health Data Hub

The Minister of Armed Forces, the Minister of Solidarity and Health, the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Labor, the Minister of National Education and Youth, the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and the Minister of Agriculture and Food issued, on 29 November 2019, an order ('the Order'), approving an amendment to the founding convention of the public interest group of the National Institute of Health Data and creating the Health Data Hub. In particular, the Health Data Hub is aimed at facilitating the use of available health data for research projects, by private and public entities and shall create new opportuntities for stakeholders in the health sector with regards to artificial intelligence. Moreover, the Order states that the requirements and procedures to be followed in order to access and use the health data within the Health Data Hub will be regulated by Act No.78-17 of 6 January 1978 on Data Processing, Data Files and Individual Liberties (as amended), the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR'), and the French Public Health Code (as amended). Furthermore, the particular aims of the Health Data Hub include, among other things, the gathering, organisation and availability of data of the National System of Health Data, informing patients and the facilitation of the exercise of their rights, the assessment of the public interest criteria of the research project, and the contribution to the elaboration by the French data protection authority ('CNIL') of standards and reference methodologies, and to facilitate the availability of sets of health data presenting a low risk of impact on privacy.

You can read the Order, only available in French, here