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Online course on protecting health data in light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

31 July 2019

Do you use wearables or apps to track your fitness and health? Do you have a digital patient file? Do you work in healthcare and increasingly use modern technologies? A new (and free) online course, developed by the University of Groningen, provides the necessary insight into the risks involved and the way in which you can and should protect health data following the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

health data

Technologies which process health data develop at a rapid pace. More and more people use fitness apps or wearables to measure their fitness and health. In healthcare, new technologies are used to treat patients. All these technologies generate an enormous amount of health data. The data is collected and stored, making this data vulnerable. This raises questions about privacy. How is sensitive health data protected?

The GDPR and health data

This course (in English) will explore the protection of health data in light of the new GDPR which became binding law on 25 May 2018. The GDPR aims to improve data protection across the EU and is a very significant change in data protection regulation. The new regulation provides more and stricter privacy rules, more responsibilities for organisations when handling personal data and stricter supervision on processing activities.

Know your rights and obligations!

The new online course 'Protecting Health Data in the modern age' provides insight into the protection of health data following the GDPR. As a participant you will learn about the GDPR as regards health data. What are rights, obligations, risks and safeguards?

Join us and discover how the GDPR protects (your) health data. The course has been developed for professionals in the health sector, researchers, insurers, IT developers, civil servants, students, patients and anyone who wants to know more about the protection of health data and the GDPR. The second run of the course starts on 19 August.

More information:

Security, Technology and e-Privacy (STeP) research group , University of Groningen, Faculty of Law
Melania Tudorica


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