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COVID-19 Vaccination: yes, let us share our data!

- Philippe Gilliéron
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As the vaccination campaign is in full swing, many questions arise. Among them, we will focus here on the issue to know what happens to your data in the event of a vaccination, especially electronically, and reassure you: yes, sharing your data is a good thing, in a collective effort to foster research and help our researchers to fight against COVID-19.

To do this, a brief reminder is useful:

I. The electronic patient record (EPR)

First of all, it should be remembered that the issue of data processing in the context of COVID-19 vaccination should not be confused with that of the electronic patient record (EPR). Legally, the EPR is governed by the Federal Law on the electronic patient record of June 19, 2015 (LDEP). Its goal is to improve the quality of medical care and therapeutic processes by allowing healthcare professionals to access the medical record of the concerned individual, subject to his or her consent.

Although the LDEP came into force on April 15, 2017, the EPR is still not a reality in Switzerland, contrary to the situation in other countries such as France. It will only be launched in Switzerland in the first half of 2021 on a decentralized basis, avoiding a consolidation of data in a single point. This decentralization will be achieved through various so-called "reference" communities,...

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