This Tuesday, the Gaia-X Spain health sector was presented in Madrid, an initiative led, among others, by the Hospital Clínic Barcelona. An organizational initiative that aims to accelerate European capacity in terms of sectoral data sharing (in this case, on health), and digital sovereignty, helping to generate the common European infrastructure. Dr. Ignacio Revuelta from the Nephrology Service and Josep Blanch from the Information Systems Management Department participated on behalf of the Hospital Clínic Barcelona.
The importance of data processing
The application of new technologies aimed at extracting value from data has become a reality in the current environment, accelerating its transformation into knowledge for decision-making. Therefore, it is common to focus on data exploitation as an essential part of data management. A data space is an ecosystem where the voluntary sharing of its participants’ data can take place in an environment of sovereignty, trust and security, established through integrated governance, organizational, regulatory and technical mechanisms.
What is Gaia-X?
Within this context, in 2019 the Gaia-X initiative was born, a European initiative for the creation of an open, federated and interoperable data infrastructure, built on the values of digital sovereignty and data availability, and the promotion of the data economy. The challenge is to establish an ecosystem where the data from European entities are available and shared in a trusted environment and managed in accordance with the European principles of decentralization, openness, transparency, sovereignty and interoperability.
Gaia-X aims to develop a federation of cloud data services, facilitating cooperation and data sharing between companies and organizations across the European Union, irrespective of the infrastructure providers. Gaia-X defines the technical concepts, as well as the governance, for the interoperability of datasets and data infrastructures, taking on the role of coordinator, mediating between data providers and consumers via the federated services, creating a physical decoupling between the data layer and the infrastructure layer.