Sociologist, CNRS Research Director and member of the Maurice Halbwachs Centre at EHESS
The Health Data Hub is a French project with a budget of almost €10 million which aims to centralise all health data in France.
This project will make doctors; work easier thanks to the pooling of health data, but it will also open up a new market for companies.
The amount of health data in France is colossal: the Sniiram (the national inter-regime information system of the French health insurance system) holds 1.2 billion medical records collected since 2002.
However, centralisation poses a problem for some parties who do not want to entrust their databases at the risk of losing the work invested in them. This is the case for the Constance cohort which has a large quantity of data.
Other criticisms revolve around the project, notably the very principle of centralisation or the question of hosting, which would be done by Microsoft.
After her initial studies in molecular biology, Agnès Vernet trained as a science journalist at ESJ-Lille. For the past 14 years, she has been writing for various media, scientific magazines, professional titles and general press, in France and Switzerland. Since 1st February 2021, she is the elected President of the French association of science journalists (AJSPI).