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IMI2 Project European Health Data & Evidence Network (EHDEN) starts its five-year programme

Harmonising Clinical Data and Developing a 21st Century Ecosystem for Real World Health Research in Europe 

Today, the European Health Data & Evidence Network (EHDEN), a new Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) project, kicks off. EHDEN will operate in Europe for the coming five years, 2018 – 2023. CMAST is also involved in this project - in support of Janssen.

In Europe, we are challenged to generate insights and evidence from real world clinical data at scale, to support patients, clinicians, payers, regulators, governments, and the pharmaceutical industry in understanding wellbeing, disease, treatments, outcomes and new therapeutics and devices.

Unfortunately, such data is difficult to use at scale, in a myriad of languages, systems and structures, with challenging policy restrictions and technology considerations.

Consequently, using real world data for research, reflective of what happens for patients in their own experience of healthcare, is very challenging.

Every day, patients throughout Europe are being denied optimal care because we are not able to create sufficient insights that lead to improved systems, services, and new treatment options,
said Nicola Bedlington, Secretary General, European Patients Forum, an EHDEN partner.

In response to this, the EHDEN public private project was set up under the framework of IMI2, with twenty-two partners, including academia, SMEs, patient associations, regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical companies, led by Erasmus Medical Centre, the Netherlands.

The mission of EHDEN is to provide a new paradigm for the discovery and analysis of health data in Europe, by building a large-scale, federated network of data sources standardised to a common data model.

EHDEN will build on prior projects, such as EMIF and EHR4CR, in scaling their original intents and technologies.

Dr Peter Rijnbeek, Erasmus MC, Coordinator of EHDEN stated:

We have a critical need to improve how we conduct health research at scale, across borders throughout Europe. We need to develop the technical infrastructure, partnerships and collaborations to support this.

EHDEN will establish a federated network of data sources, such as hospitals and primary care networks across Europe. Central to EHDEN will be the standardisation of health data to the OMOP common data model and the adoption of analytical tools developed by the international Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) open science collaboration (www.ohdsi.org).

A network of SMEs will be trained and certified to ensure high validity transformation of data to the common data model.

EHDEN’s aspirations are significant, aiming to harmonise 100 million anonymised health records, across multiple data sources, who can obtain funding from the EHDEN Harmonisation Fund to obtain support from certified/qualified SMEs through serial open calls.

The project will support other IMI2 projects within a wider Big Data for Better Outcomes (BD4BO) programme, other IMI and non-IMI projects, and will collaborate strongly with other key stakeholders in Europe, such as the European Medicines Agency.

We believe EHDEN is a flagship project, and it will be significantly influential, building on the heritage and developments of prior and current projects in and out of IMI, and it will establish 21st century tools for 21st research. As such it will impact on European health records research for years and decades to come, and will enable better health decisions, outcomes and care.
Dr Peter Rijnbeek, Erasmus MC, Coordinator of EHDEN

At CMAST we are passionate about life sciences and healthcare. Our team of more than 90 industry experts is dedicated to assisting life sciences & pharma companies and universities & research institutes in the creation and development of innovative healthcare solutions.

For this project CMAST was involved in building the consortium, in preparing the full proposal and in the negotiation phase, and will be involved in the project management now that the project enters into the execution phase.

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This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 806968. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA.