International Data Transfer
Medical technologies include products, services or solutions used to save and improve people’s lives. Products can range from disposables, diagnostics, capital equipment and surgical innovations, used in a care setting, to implant technology, biomaterials and connected health IT such as eHealth, mHealth, human genome decoding, disease prediction, biobanks, biomarkers and many more. These products and solutions often rely on collecting, analysing and sharing health data to understand diseases better and treat them as part of an efficient and effective healthcare system.
The continued ability to transfer patient-related data within and outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) is critical to several areas:
- research and development of new medical technologies,
- monitoring the safety and effectiveness of existing products on the market, and
- providing support services for medical technologies currently in use.
Beyond the need to transfer patient data, medical device companies that operate globally need to be able to transfer a range of data concerning healthcare professionals, researchers, support technicians, employees, and others. The continuity of Research & Development and healthcare services provided by the global pharmaceutical and medical device industries depend upon these transfers. Any abrupt changes to the ability of these companies to transfer data outside of the EU will have significant operational impacts.
Today’s pressing health concerns require global, concerted efforts to find safe and effective solutions. The COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted the importance of global cooperation to address the threats posed to life, well-being, and economic prosperity by diseases and pathogens. There is an acute need to transfer data worldwide to speed the discovery and development of new life-saving and life-enhancing medical technologies.
Some examples which involve data transfers include:
- Healthcare delivery
- Remote patient monitoring
- Remote service
- Patient-customised treatments