It has been mentioned many times that the EU has reacted slowly to the epidemic and then with the pandemic of new virus COVID-19. One of the important projects related to the digitalization of health care is the exchange of health data between EU countries.
The project has advanced in the area of data exchange related to eRecipe, as almost all EU countries have introduced eRecipe more or less successfully. However, as far as the mutual exchange of health data is concerned, it works only in 3 countries - Finland, Estonia, and Croatia. And only for eRecipe.
Needless to say, it would be very useful if patient status data regarding COVID-19 could be shared between countries. China has a system that would not normally be applicable in Western countries due to human rights. It is certainly possible to make some compromise that would last until a vaccine is found and a sufficient percentage of the EU population is vaccinated.
It is often said that this crisis could be an opportunity and that the EU is always emerging stronger from the crisis. The health data exchange platform that would now be set up could be used for well-defined health crises in the future under well-defined conditions and in full compliance with the GDPR.