Big Data

For Better Hearts


What is your view on sharing health data for scientific research?

Following a narrative review of empirical evidence on patients’ and public attitudes towards the use of health data for research purposes, BigData@Heart researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht in collaboration with the European Heart Network, launched in February 2021, a survey to explore patient and public preferences for concretising data-intensive health research governance. The public survey, available in 11 languages, was open for input until May 2021 and received a total of 1280 responses from 8 European countries. Overall, findings point out that:

  • greater attention is needed to patient and public preferences and their expectations from public policies on data governance and data governance models;
  • policies for strengthening personal control by patients as well as checks and safeguards at the governance level are needed.

The research team is now finalising a paper to be published in 2022.

Published on: 11/05/2021