Around €77 million allocated to establish a European health data space in 2022


The EU4Health work program for 2022 has been allocated a budget of more than €835 million to boost health systems in Europe, including around €77 million for digital investments.

Officially adopted by the European Commission on January 14, the new agenda focuses on four key areas: crisis preparedness, disease prevention, health systems and health workforce, and digitalisation.

The digital strand will receive funding for the creation of the European health data space, which aims to promote better exchange and access between Member States to health data such as electronic health records (EHRs), genomic data and patient registry data.

Funding will be provided to eligible entities from Member States, associated third countries, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector in the form of grants or specific service contracts.

On January 20, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) will organize an information session on the work programme.


The creation of a European health data space aims to support the delivery of health care, health research and the development of health policies in the Member States.

It will strengthen the eHealth Digital Services Infrastructure (eHDSI), which offers [email protected] health data sharing services to patients to ensure continuity of care while traveling abroad in the EU .

This service enables Member States to exchange health data in a secure, efficient and interoperable way, allowing EU citizens to receive healthcare when traveling in the same way as they receive it at home. of residence.

Currently, [email protected] offers electronic prescriptions and patient summaries in eight Member States, while others are being integrated. The EU4Health work program aims to enable people in more Member States to access services and move towards wider service provision.


The EU4Health program was launched last year to support the COVID recovery by strengthening the resilience of health systems and promoting medical innovation and digital transformation. It will continue until 2027 with a budget of €5.1 billion available to improve and promote health in the European Union (EU).

Also in 2021, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) was created to be responsible for digital and health projects helping Europe emerge stronger from the pandemic. He is responsible for the implementation of relevant EU financial programs including the EU4Health programme, the Digital Europe program and parts of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

The successful implementation of the EU digital COVID certificate has increased the availability of health data in digital form, including vaccination, test results and medical issues.


A statement from the European Commission states: “With a budget of over €835 million, the EU4Health 2022 work program represents an unprecedented level of EU investment in health; it provides funding for ambitious and decisive actions to build stronger and more resilient health systems and to pave the way for the European health union.”


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