The European Commission is revising the Data Protection Directive (Directive95/46/EC) and has tabled a proposal for General Data Protection Regulation on 25 January 2012. The objective is to remove obstacles to the flow of personal data in the EU, while ensuring a higher level of data protection for European citizens.
COCIR supports a harmonised, effective, clear and reliable data protection framework that will create a level playing field for its members across the EU. COCIR also advocates for a data protection framework that protects people’s privacy and patient safety: quality healthcare depends on the availability of health data at the point of care and through out the healthcare cycle.
A dedicated Task Force gathering privacy and data protection experts was created in 2009 to advise decision makers on finding the right balance between privacy needs and healthcare needs. COCIR issued nine key recommendations to the European Commission:
COCIR is part of the Healthcare Coalition on Data protection. The Healthcare Coalition on Data Protection gathers key stakeholders in the health sector around a common cause: the need to facilitate the safe processing of good quality health data for health purposes. The Coalition gathers representatives of medical research, healthcare providers, the pharmaceutical industry and the medical technology industry.
A joint statement on the General Data Protection Regulation issued on 10 March 2014 outlines how and why health data are processed to improve care delivery, support medical research and ultimately ensure patient safety. This important initiative aims at contributing to a clear, workable and efficient data protection legal framework in Europe.
In addition to COCIR, the Healthcare Coalition on Data Protection is currently composed of the following members:, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), GSMA which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, Personal Connected Health Alliance ( PCHA), a non-profit, open industry organization of healthcare and technology companies and Medtech Europe, the European medical technology industry association.
The Coalition is open to more signatories, supporting the vision and recommendations outlined in the joint statement.