The HD4DP application enables data providers to collect data.
The medical and professional secret is protected at various levels and through principles such as encoding, encryption, and user-acces management. The combination of these elements guarantees so-called "end-to-end security".
During the data collection process, which is done by this application, all data is securely (= anonymized) transferred to Sciensano, with the use of e-health box:
The data provider never receives the coded identifiers
eHealth has never access to medical data or metadata
Healthdata.be never receives the original identifier, but can reconcile different entries
An overview is given in the video:
We provide more documentation of the different functions and possibilities in the different phases of data collection in the HD4DP application.
filling out the password in the field SFTPPassword
select the file to transfer by clickingon the button labelled Choose File
transfer the file to healthdata.be by cliking on the button labelled upload File
OR Find below the steps using a SFTP client
install a free-of-use SFTP client on your computer, the most popular ones are Filezilla and Winscp.
make sure to have the port 2222 opened (contact your local IT department to configure this)
connect to the healthdata.be SFTP Server using credentials provided by email@example.com, using the SFTP client you will choose by entering your credentials:
Host Name or Public Address IP of the healthdata.be SFTP server
transfer your file from your local system to the healthdata.be SFTP server
move the files to the Finished Folder when the SFTP client will notify the completion of the file transfer. This last action indicates our system that the file transfer was successful, and that the subsequent files upload can be done. Then, the whole VCF file will be uploaded.
File Automated Transfer
For the automation of the file transfer, a collaboration between your IT Department and Healthdata is required. We want to empahize the 2 requirements to meet for enabling a fully automated data flow from the sequencer to Healthdata. That will create System-To-System communication of VCF files using the SFTP protocol. This requires the automation of 2 flows:
from the sequencer (System 1) to a specific folder in the local infrastructure of your organization. This automation has to be implemented by your local IT department in collaboration with Healthdata.be
from a specific folder in the local infrastructure of your organization to Healthdata.be. This automation can be implemented by your local IT department or Healthdata.be