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Belgium launches single online portal for health data

Tine Carmeliet

At the initiative of the Minister for Social Affairs and Health Care, on 8 May 2018, the Belgian government announced the launch of a single online portal for health data entitled “MaSanté – MijnGezondheid“. The portal aims to provide citizens with an easily accessible overview of all existing health data (including their personal data) and Read More

Dutch Data Protection Authority clarifies application of GDPR’s right to be forgotten and data portability to medical records

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently published information on its website with respect to the application of the right to be forgotten and data portability to medical records under the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). According to the DPA, the right to data portability applies only to the personal data that the Read More

Can the Italian healthcare system process sensitive personal data without explicit patient consent?

Emilio De Giorgi

On 27 March 2018, a draft of the legislative decree (Draft Decree) that is expected to replace the Italian Privacy Code following the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published.  The Draft Decree anticipates important novelties regarding the way in which medical facilities will have to handle the processing Read More

Belgium adopts new Royal Decree on biobanks

Veerle Pissierssens

The new Royal Decree on biobanks was published on 5 February 2018 in the Belgian Official Gazette.  A biobank stores human tissue and makes it available for scientific research only (that is, not for human use).  The decree, which implements the Law of 19 December 2008 in relation to obtaining and using human tissue in Read More

Belgium: Digital platform for medical files to be launched

Tine Carmeliet

In early January 2018, the Belgian Minister of Health published an announcement on the creation of a digital platform called the “Personal Health Viewer”. The goal of this digitalisation initiative is to engage patients in the management of their own health. In particular, the platform will enable patients to access their own medical file online and Read More