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EHDS must be built on structures and practices developed in existing cooperation projects, and its legislative framework must take into account the lessons learnt from similar national legislations (e.g. the need for sufficient transition period and resources to those implementing the new policy, as highlighted by the experience from Finland’s Act on the Secondary Use of Health and Social Data). Just for information security reasons, EHDS must be built as a federated infrastructure that connects existing data repositories rather than by creating a new, centralised one. Proper functioning of such federated data space requires significant efforts to ensure the interoperability between data in the separate repositories.

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