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Health technology assessments and innovation in health


European Ministers of Health also adopted conclusions on innovation for the benefit of patients at a Council meeting on 1 December 2014. Ministers are calling on national governments and the European Commission to cooperate more closely on the ’life cycle approach’ for new innovative medicines and move ahead with the implementation of health technology assessment. The Council conclusions highlight the importance of early dialogue between technology developers, regulatory, (...)
18/12/2014

[Joint press release] Is President-elect Juncker erecting a smoke screen around patient safety?


28 October 2014, Brussels – MEPs, patients and the European public health community are today asking President-elect Juncker to clarify whether medical devices and health technologies will remain in the directorate for health or not. Fears over patient safety remain as Mr Juncker has so far failed to publicly clarify his ambiguous statement (1) last week to the European Parliament. Last week’s statement of the European Commission’s President-elect that the competence for (...)
28/10/2014

[Open letter to President-elect Juncker] Are we to understand that the portfolios for medical devices and health technologies will not remain with the Health Commissioner?


Further to our Joint Letter of 16 September 2014 (1) , we are contacting you again to express our gratitude for your decision (2) to move the competence for medicines and pharmaceutical products back into the hands of the European Commissioner for Health. We firmly believe that this directorate is best placed to ensure a good balance between economic and public health objectives while promoting ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’ growth for Europe. 28 October 2014, Brussels (...)
28/10/2014

mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care


More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)
01/09/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

[Press release] eHealth must foster inclusion and solidarity


Brussels, 12 May 2014 – Coinciding with the opening of the 2014 eHealth forum in Athens held under the Greek Presidency, EPHA highlights the necessity that eHealth solutions must meet the needs of all end users including individuals with specific health conditions and their carers, vulnerable groups, and health providers. The rapid growth of mHealth (1), which includes smartphone apps and other tools, such as sensors and robots enabling remote monitoring, ambient assisted living and (...)
12/05/2014

An eChance for eHealth? 2014 Forum takes stock and looks ahead


The 2014 eHealth Forum took place in Athens on 10-12 May, hosted by the Greek Presidency and the European Commission. It provided a chance for European and national eHealth stakeholders to exchange information and receive up-to-date information on progress made both from an economic and a social perspective, under the motto of ’Give Health an eChance’. In her opening speech, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes recalled that (...)
12/05/2014

eHealth Stakeholder Group report highlights importance of health inequalities


26 April, 2014 - The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on health inequalities and e-Health, EPHA led a (...)
24/04/2014

[Press Release] European Parliament takes leap towards patient safety


Brussels, 3 April 2014 – EPHA welcomes the majority of the measures adopted yesterday by the European Parliament as part of the revision of the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVD) Directive. After a year and a half of proposals (1) and in-depth discussions, it is time to rebuild the trust of patients around Europe. “As the protection of patient safety is a paramount objective, the European Parliament has today taken a (...)
03/04/2014

The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?


On 4 February 2014, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, was invited at the European Policy Centre (EPC) to speak at a conference entitled “The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?”. According to Oranje-Nassau, it is currently incorrect to talk about a “finishing line” since the information and communication technologies (ICTs), on which the Digital Agenda relies on, are still at (...)
05/02/2014