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European Health Data and Evidence Network

Project description

Health data analysis for better medical treatment

The EU generates vast quantities of patient-related information contained in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and other types of health databases in structured and unstructured data. The EU-funded EHDEN project will exploit this rich amount of data to enhance future clinical practice and individual patient results by increasing our understanding of disease and treatment methods. The project will stimulate transparent and reproducible analytics producing valid real-world evidence to improve patient care and medical research. EHDEN will also create a platform to make methods and data sets findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) and engage a vast range of stakeholders such as health technology assessment agencies and patients.


Europe is generating huge amounts of patient-level information contained in Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and other types of health databases. These include structured data in the form of diagnoses, medications, laboratory test results, etc., and unstructured data in clinical narratives. The Electronic Health Data in a European Network (EHDEN) Consortium leverages these vast volumes of data to improve future clinical practice and individual patient outcomes by increasing our understanding of disease and treatment pathways. EHDEN will galvanize transparent and reproducible analytics that will generate valid real-world evidence to improve patient care, and enable medical outcomes-based research at an unprecedented scale. The EHDEN Consortium provides the infrastructure and eco-system supporting disease-specific projects in the IMI Big Data for Better Outcomes (BD4BO) programme. The core of EHDEN is the use of a common data model (OMOP-CDM), standardised outcome assessment (ICHOM), and transparent open-source analytics (OHDSI). The objective of the EHDEN consortium is to provide all the necessary services that enable a distributed European data network to perform fast, scalable and highly reproducible research, while respecting privacy regulations, local data provenance and governance. This will include services and tools to perform data standardization, analytical pipelines, tools to share study results, and tools for stakeholder engagement and training. The EHDEN Consortium combines active participation of stakeholder representatives with proven experience in: a) integrating different data types, methods and technologies to utilize diverse clinical datasets; b) platform development to make methods and datasets Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR); and c) engaging a wide variety of stakeholders, including health technology assessment agencies, regulators and patients.



Net EU contribution
€ 7 563 875,00
Dr molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Groot-Rijnmond
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 10 675 000,00

Participants (24)