El Mundo publishes interview with MD Anderson Cancer Centre Madrid’s Head of Medical Oncology Service about CODE and the ODN

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Dr Enrique Grande, Head of the Medical Oncology Service at MD Anderson Cancer Centre Madrid, discusses CODE and the ODN, in the digital edition of El Mundo, one of Spain’s leading newspapers.

The El Mundo article, published on 23 February 2019, is entitled “Initiatives such as CODE help to improve the quality of care in cancer treatment” (“Iniciativas como CODE ayudan a mejorar la calidad asistencial en el tratamiento del cáncer”).

Read the full article on the El Mundo website.

Alternatively, please click here to read the article in Spanish or here for the English version.

The French Information Governance Authority (CNIL), grants authorisation for establishment of the Oncology Data Network

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The French information governance authority, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), has positively approved IQVIA’s application for the Oncology Data Network (ODN) in France (click here for the official announcement ).  In reaching their conclusion, the CNIL stated their position that the establishment of the ODN is in the public interest[1]. This authorisation provides the legal grounds for the creation of the required database in France.

The ODN is supported by the Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe (CODE) which is led by IQVIA and is designed to collate up-to-date information on the actual use of anti-cancer medicines around Europe for all cancers, all patients and all treatment centres who wish to join.

Ashley Woolmore, CODE Lead and Vice President, Real World Insights at IQVIA stated, “The CNIL is a highly respected institution, both in France and across Europe and the entire CODE team is proud to have achieved the CNIL’s authorisation to proceed with the ODN in France.   The CNIL conducted a rigorous review process. Their approval reflects the extensive measures in terms of technical architecture and governance that we have integrated into the design of ODN to ensure data privacy.  I believe that the ODN has the potential to offer significant benefits by both informing patient care and also supporting novel payment agreements to help address the challenges of financial sustainability across Europe.”

The Country Lead for CODE in France, Claire Lamotte, added “This is a major milestone in the implementation of the ODN in France. We have already had significant interest from hospitals across the country. Now that we have CNIL authorisation, we are looking forward to the platform going live with the first centres in the very near future.”

For more information, please contact: Claire Lamotte 

[1] Relevant legislation: l’article 8-IV de la loi n°78-17 du 6 janvier 1978 modifiée relative à l’informatique, aux fichiers et aux libertés