With the outbreak and rapid spread of COVID-19 in the world, the importance of availability and exchange of data to better predict and cure diseases has become even more evident than before.

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The article reflects on the level of preparedness of the EU for this health crisis, in terms of secure and interoperable exchange of health data, resilience of health systems and facilities, and the need for enhanced EU cooperation on making health data more available for better prevention and personalised treatment. But this also needs to happen in a way that can guarantee the privacy of patients whose data might be collected, and that citizens can trust.

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