Health Insurance is stepping up to the plate to apply for an independent tender

The Health Data Hub series, named after this great platform, which is to bring together the majority of French health data, does not end up spilling ink and giving the government a hard time. Already embroiled in an initial controversy over the date hosting – entrusted to the American Microsoft and this without a call for tenders – the government project had then quietly withdrawn at the end of the year its application for permission to functionare cu of the National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (Cnil). This week, it’s Health Insurance’s turn to ask New for a “call for tenders with the establishment of an independent commission.”

“Depreciated” by controversy, the Health Data Hub needs “a few safeguards to regain confidence,” according to the Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie (Cnam) in a notice published in the game. The choice was made in the summer of 2019 “without a call for tenders” and “in a relative emergency”, despite the “risk of unauthorized access to data” in the United States, she said.

Coup d’etat for Health Data Hub, the controversial platform that centralizes data on French health

The Health Data Hub was born with promulgation of the law on the “transformation of the health system” in July 2019. “The HDH replaces an existing structure, the National Health Data System, with two main changes: a wide dissemination of the data collected and easy access, especially for the private sector (GAFAM, “medtechs”, startups, insurers …), to the latter, “said the think tank for fundamental freedoms in the era of digital the Quadrature of the Net.

For its part, the Health Insurance, which recalls its “full support” for the project, did not, however, ever digest the choice of the American giant Microsoft to host this public platform supposed to bring together all the health data of the French, to facilitate the search medical.

No equivalent French solution

For Cédric O, the Secretary of State for the Digital Transition, Microsoft was simply the only player able to find data and sensitivities in a secure way and turn algorithms around. machine learning (a method of artificial intelligence) powerful enough.

To receive the Health Data Hub on a “sovereign technology platform”, the Conseil de la Cnam requires a transparent selection.

To get out of the quagmire, the state thought it had found in 2021 a miracle solution: its strategy “Cloud in the center”, unveiled last May. Mais these face several obstacles.

Avoid failure before the election

The government should therefore “make public” the list of “nine eligible accommodation solutions” identified, and “commit to a precise migration schedule”.

Above all, it will have to “issue a call for tenders following an independent audit” and “publish the full specifications”.

Following the withdrawal of the application to the Cnil, the project has been pending since the end of December. This temporary reply is justified by the techniques of the motives, but the deactivation of this sensitive subject can be avoided throughout the presidential campaign.

(With AFP)