The topic health data was discussed politically on a national stage

As part of the Hauptstadtkongress 2023, TEAM-X hosted the hybrid information event and panel discussion TXFX Connect 2023.

Digitalization has recently become one of the main topics of the Capital Congress in Berlin, which highlights the major issues facing the German healthcare system. “The fact that TEAM-X and HEALTH-X dataLOFT were also able to use this platform for political discourse is all the more gratifying,” explains Bruno Ristok, Managing Director of TEAM-X consortium partner C&S Computer und Software GmbH. “In the context of an event like the Hauptstadtkongress, we had the opportunity to generate broad resonance for our important topic,” he says, adding, “Above all, the discussion from a political perspective is significant. After all, the legal framework is a prerequisite for the implementation of all Gaia-X projects.”

A complex topic presented in an understandable way

The projects TEAM-X, HEALTH-X dataLOFT, indeed all activities in the Gaia-X data ecosystem are highly specialized, interwoven and technologically advanced. For this reason, after a welcome by the congress president Prof. Dr. Karl Max Einhäupl and moderated by Jan Fischer from Gaia-X Hub Germany, all components and agendas around Gaia-X were explained in detail at the beginning of the hybrid event and illustrated to the audience by means of a structure chart and key data presentation. The positions of TEAM-X and HEALTH-X dataLOFT on the topic of health data were presented.

The political perspective

This was followed by a discussion of the positions of the politicians, Maximilian Funke-Kaiser from the FDP as well as Franziska Hoppermann from the CSU/CDU, which had been submitted in written form. Silke Weich from Identity Valley, Prof. Dr. Roland Eils, specialist in biomedical informatics, business economist Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Gersch, Bruno Ristok and Dennis Appelt from the German Academy of Science and Engineering addressed fundamental issues of the projects involved with Gaia-X. The discussion focused on the problems associated with the Gaia-X project. Particular emphasis was placed here on the problem of data sharing in the EU. “Incredibly large amounts of data exist but no approach to their universalized use,” Bruno Ristok explained. “And as good as the European GDPR may be as a basis for working in the digital space, digitalization often fails because of regulation, which makes politics all the more important,” he added. In their statements, both representatives of the major parties underlined the importance of innovative solutions in medicine and healthcare on a national and European level. Maximilian Funke-Kaiser, speaking on behalf of the FDP, explicitly emphasized the desire for a rapid realization of a national health data space – even before the implementation of the EHDS, the European Health Data Space.