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Launch of European Call to Action ’A Health Worker for Everyone, Everywhere!’


On 5 June 2014, the partners of the ’Health workers for all and all for health workers’ (HW4All) project released a European Call to Action in support of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. EPHA has been involved in raising awareness of this Code since 2011 and will be co-promoting the European Call to Action, entitled ’A health worker for everyone, everywhere!’, which is now open for signatures (...)
06/06/2014

Medicines shortages in Europe: A disconcerting operational and communication challenge


The issue of medicine supply shortages has been highlighted by EPHA and its members throughout 2013, and it once again took centre stage at a recent workshop organised by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP). Already in winter, a common position on the issue has been drafted by members of the European Medicine Agency’s Patients’ and Consumers’ / Healthcare Professionals Working Party. 2014 EAHP Congress, Barcelona The 19th annual EAHP (...)
24/05/2014

[European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP)] Press Statement: Patients and professionals agree the future vision for hospital pharmacy in Europe


16 May 2014 - A robust set of hospital pharmacy practice standards for Europe has been agreed at an international Summit in Brussels. These standards should be met across European health systems to ensure safe, effective and optimal use of medicines in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. The standards, comprising 44 statements of practice, were agreed at the European Hospital Pharmacy Summit which concluded on Thursday 15th May, and was attended by more than 100 persons. The (...)
16/05/2014

[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

[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

[Update] General Data Protection Regulation


The European Commission introduced its proposal for a revision of the data protection regulations of the EU two years ago, yet despite agreement on a compromise text by the European Parliament in October 2013, completion of a finalised General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been delayed until after the May elections. An agreement reached on 22 January between EU Justice Commissioner, Vivian Reding, and representatives of the Greek and incoming Italian Presidency, has set the new (...)
24/01/2014

eHealth: Building trust = access for everybody + demonstrated value in reducing health inequalities


On 14 January, MEPs voted on a resolution in support of the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020, with the aim of improving healthcare for the benefit of patients, giving them more control of their care and bringing down healthcare costs through ICT: innovative and user-friendly eHealth and mHealth tools. While the benefits of ICT have been widely reported, what about the link between eHealth and health inequalities? Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (...)
23/01/2014

Health Inequalities: From ’dirty secret’ to central item on EU agenda


On 23 January, the ’Equity Action’ Final Conference was hosted by the European Commission, marking the end of the Joint Action on Health Inequalities and expressing hope and determination that this will the beginning of further coordinated action at all levels. EC Flash report: Health inequalities conference – Charlemagne conference centre 23 January 2014 Background Equity Action aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional (...)
23/01/2014