On January 29th, the final multiplier event in Greece took place online, due to Covid restrictions. The event was a great success with a total of 41 active participants that joined in the lively discussion about the significance of ensuring data protection in the healthcare sector.
Amongst the participants were current DPO professionals as well as inspiring DPO’s from the pharmaceutical industry and specialists, academia and information technology companies.
Participants were interested to learn about European developments in the field of data protection in a post GDPR and post Covid-era. The feedback acquired was valuable to the partnership as it included input and opinions regarding the GDPR4H courses which some participants has already concluded.
During the meeting, participants that were unaware of the GDPR4H Courses were re-introduced and described the outcomes of the GDPR4H partnership and had an exchange of view for the benefits to upskilling their knowledge on data protection rules. Participants were also able to discuss current predicaments and grey-zone legislations in Greece with professional DPO’s in two of the largest pharmaceutical companies of Greece, regarding Covid related data processing.
Mr. Antonis Evangelidis, Director of Regulatory Compliance and Data Protection at Vianex Group presented new digital technological advances used in light of the COVID-19 crisis. While Dr. Georgia Chatzitheodorou, Lawyer and Data Protection Officer at Elpen Group presented the legal challenges for data protection in Health as they were experienced by local pharmaceutical companies during the crises and the actions they took to mitigate legal challenges. Participants took part in a thorough discussion regarding how to handle ambiguous health data related to measures such as employee health information and temperature collection.
Furthermore, during the event the participants were presented with the new objectives of data protection for the next programming period 2021-2027 in the field of health by Ms. Marilida Tsiplakou, European Programs Advisor at AMC. They were also privy to a thorough presentation of how technology and data protection are two interlinked fields by Ms. Chrysa Psyllaki, European Programs Researcher at Skybridge.
Overall the event explored whether technology and skills development can help future DPOs to cope with future public health shocks and how the GDPR4H courses could help develop skills in all professionals dealing with health data. All participants that had not already begun the training courses expressed their interest in doing so and welcomed the initiative as a positive and added value experience that would be used and shared amongst colleagues of their businesses