EU health data centre and a common data strategy for public health
Study requested by the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and
managed by the Scientific Foresight Unit, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS).
Regarding health data, its availability and comparability, the Covid-19 pandemic revealed that the EU has no clear health data architecture. The lack of harmonisation in these practices and the absence of an EUlevel centre for data analysis and use to support a better response to public health crises is the focus of this study. Through extensive desk review, interviews with key actors, and enquiry into experiences from outside the EU/EEA area, this study highlights that the EU must have the capacity to use data very effectively in order to make data-supported public health policy proposals and inform political decisions.