This episode investigates the European Health Data Space, an emerging project which proposes to allow the sharing, use, and re-use of health data. This proposal aims to improve the quality of healthcare and to support research, innovation and policymaking within the European Union and its countries through information sharing and collaboration. What are the key concerns for the medical community? What is the role of the European Parliament? Who are the stakeholders?




Jennifer L. Baker

Dr Jennifer L. Baker is a Senior Researcher and leads a team in Lifecourse Epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. The focus of her research program is on the causes and the short- and long-term consequences of body size and growth in childhood, with a particular emphasis on obesity in childhood. She is an expert in conducting studies using large population based cohorts linked with nationwide registers of health data. Dr. Baker is a member of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) executive committee and is the co-chair of its Childhood Obesity Task Force. She is also active in the BioMed Alliance Health Data Taskforce on behalf of EASO.

Tomislav Sokol

Tomislav Sokol is a Croatian politician currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Croatian Democratic Union since 2019. Sokol became a Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 election. He has since been serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. In 2022, he also joined the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. Also since 2022, he has been the parliament’s ENVI rapporteur on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Health Data Space. In addition to his committee assignments, Sokol is part of the Parliament's delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. He is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas and the MEPs Against Cancer group.