The Digital Health Society (DHS) is an open, multi-stakeholder movement with more then 200 organisations


The Digital Health Society (DHS), as the data arm of the ECHAlliance Group, serves as an enabler for multi-stakeholder dialogue on digital health and health and care data policies and practices. DHS is a legacy of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017 and was formed to promote adoption of digital health and the use of health data.

Since 2017, the DHS has been mobilizing stakeholders from around Europe and the world to generate knowledge that supports the digital health transformation through development of health and care data policies, innovation and practices. It has worked on a range of important data areas including access, sharing, donation, security & privacy, interoperability, standards and health and data literacy and skills.

DHS collaborates both with ECHAlliance Ecosystem network to demonstrate adoption at scale of digital health and health and care data innovations.

DHS builds on the expertise of over 200 associated organisations, as well as ECHAlliance Community (900+ members and 70+ international ecosystems) sharing their expertise as a part of the DHS movement.

In 2020 it organised  with the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data two Round Tables  with invited experts to explore in depth issues surrounding health data and the creation of the European Health Data Space. The papers from these Round Tables will be published in February 2021. DHS is a Knowledge Partner in All Policies for a Healthy Europe and Bleddyn Rees is the Chair of the Digital Working Group

DHS is also a founding member of the EU Health Coalition

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The DHS is empowered by the European Connected Health Alliance Group and it’s Global Connector work.

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European Health Data Space

The ambitious plan put forward by EC to build an EHDS has opened a lively debate on multiple and connected aspects, mainly around the most appropriate data governance frameworks, data sharing technologies, as well as the rise of novel models and institutions through the constitution of public data hubs, cooperative and trusts.

Data-driven health information

Covid-19 has highlighted the vital urgency of strengthening existing surveillance systems for infectious diseases, developing early warning systems based on the most innovative techniques and AI-based technologies.

Whole-of-sector and whole-of-government vision

The complexity of challenges humans have ahead (such as climate change, growing inequalities and public health treaths) advocates for a holistic vision. Greater collaboration and coordination across departmental and sectorial boundaries is crucial to eliminate duplication, optimize resources, create synergies among agencies, and deliver seamless services to the citizens and businesses.

Ref: Economy of Wellbeing (Finland Presidency), HealthInAllPolicies / OneHealth (WHO)

Digital and health literacy

Digital health rapidly develop across Europe and beyond and brings undoubted opportunities. However, there is also a danger that such process, if not accompanied by adequate investments in widespread and life-course digital and health literacy programmes, can exacerbate inequalities.

Innovation readiness of the health and care workforce

Every day, health professionals, researchers, and patients produce vast amounts of data through the use of, for example, EHRs, mHealth apps, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Data and technologies bring forward a wealth of opportunities that are making significant changes in the provision of healthcare services. However, in order to take advantage of these opportunities, the health workers must trust the solutions, be engaged in their design and equipped with innovation-oriented mindsets and digital skills.

Societal Trust

Understanding the public’s fears about misuse of health data are critical to building trust. Demonstrating the benefits to society form data access, use and re-use are essential success factors.

Key Objectives


Harnessing the potential of data requires collective and continuous learning. Powerful insights may come from implementation stories and lessons learnt. 

Through its events, workshops, seminars and publications, DHS contributes to knowledge sharing and good practices’ spread.


Health data governance, sharing and use pose critical challenges that must be handled in open minded, cross-disciplinary and constructive debates. 

DHS offers a neutral reflection and muli-stakeholder space and collaborate with recognised experts across academia, industry, governments and third sector.


How can we help the European institutions achieve the EHDS goal? How can industry be pivotal in accelerating the process? How can we build citizens’ trust? 

DHS support the policy activities by bridging connections between EU Presidencies and sets the scene for action-oriented partnerships.



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