GDPR & healthcare: towards harvesting health from our data



Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of data has had the positive effect of highlighting the importance of protecting consumer’s online privacy and protecting data of data subjects more generally. Businesses are either pushed or feel the urge to embrace legal (and ethical) data usage and commit to doing everything in their power to protect personal data.

Should (sensitive) personal data be completely kept in the hands of the patient? So he or she only can decide what happens with their personal data? We have invited guests to speak about recent developments in data-driven healthcare and the role of data protection, what the regulation means for startups and how the regulation can boost innovation.

Yes, we know that the GDPR also means WORK, but so much has already been said about this. Of course, we will also address the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to compliance with the GDPR, but we like to do this by keeping things positive and think in terms of chances, growth, and innovation. Just like you. So that is why we particularly want to focus on the good news surrounding this regulation. Perhaps the days personal data is being treated as a commodity to be mined are almost history? A shift of focus from harvesting data towards harvesting the value of the data and making sure the data owner benefits too?


17:00 – 17:20 Doors open & networking

17:20 – 17:25 Welcome by Sofie van der Meulen

17:25 – 17:40 Frederieke Jacobs (journalist), Smarthealth overview of recent developments re privacy & digital health,

17:45 – 18:05 Susanne Baars (entrepreneur), Human Genome Foundation,

18:05 – 18:25 Break

18:05 – 18:25 Willem Timmers (lawyer), The impact of the GDPR for digital health entrepreneurs,

18:25 – 18:50 Rob van Rij and Floor Borgonjen, Philips (corporate venturing), Practical steps and considerations in applying Privacy by Design principles for MyHealthJourney, a PHR in development

18:50 – 19:00 Final announcements
19:00 Networking (doors closed at 19:30)

As a preparation:

One of our speakers, Frederieke, made an interview with Aleid Wolfsen from the Dutch Data Protection Authority about privacy, data leaks and the impact of GDPR on healthcare:

Health 2.0 GDPR Survey:

Please fill this 2-minute survey out Health 2.0 to understand how we all feel about the health tech environment nowadays. Health 2.0 global founders will be sharing the results during the Health 2.0 Europe conference at the end of May.


We are back at Amsterdam health & technology institute (ahti). For those unfamiliar with the organization, ahti works on innovation in health. Specifically, they bring people together through their network of health and care organizations to generate solutions for better health, care, and costs. Worthy to check out the facilities and programs they offer and meet the people who are behind creating a thriving ecosystem for health innovation and entrepreneurship in Amsterdam!