The EDAH project (acronym for “Interconnecting innovation ecosystems for common European data space in Health”), funded under the European Horizon Europe program, seeks to encourage dialogue and development towards more inclusive, dynamic, diverse and interconnected European innovation ecosystems to achieve the European Health Data Space (EHDS).

The EDAH consortium, formed by two clusters (Biocat and the Health Cluster Portugal) and two meta-clusters (ScanBalt and the Council of European BioRegions – CEBR) is working to develop a joint action plan to bridge the current digital health roll-out gap in Europe. It also aims to unlock the power of health data for innovative medicine and future healthcare, enabling new scientific discoveries, commercial products and innovative healthcare services. The overall mission is to achieve more efficient disease prevention and treatment and ensure a better quality of life in Europe and globally.

The EDAH project in detail 

The EDAH project will run from 2022 to 2024, and is tasked with advancing the secondary use of health data and the creation of the European Health Data Space (EHDS).

The first phase of the EDAH project is focused on analysis and establishing a dialogue. The 3 main tasks of this phase are:

  • To ensure a coherent overview of strategic developments related to the EHDS, and develop a deeper understanding in 7 major EU ecosystems (Bulgaria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Sweden), laying the groundwork for involving the different groups of stakeholders in the quadruple helix.
  • To establish a coordination mechanism to connect important stakeholders from innovative ecosystems across Europe and engage them in conversations around challenges and opportunities to advance the EHDS.
  • To scale up the dialogue to EU level by developing further paths of collaboration through the EU presidencies (Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain and Belgium), providing input for the definition of their agendas.

The objective of the second phase is to develop, validate and finalize a Joint Action Plan to work synergistically across ecosystems and advance the European Health Data Space.

This joint action plan will be based on the inputs collected from the previous phase and key stakeholder groups from innovative regions working towards EHDS development. Lastly, the plan will be validated in the context of the large-scale event related to the EU presidency in Belgium and via an Online Collaboration Platform.

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Project members:

The partner regions in Europe for this project are:

Biocat, Cataluña; ScanBalt, Estonia; Health Cluster Portugal, Portugal and CEBR Europe-wide

ScanBalt members: