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Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health


The Plenary session of 25 September 2014 focused on the Annual Monitoring Report 2014 and on commitments regarding the composition of foods (reformulation), availability of healthy food options and portion sizes. Disclaimer: this overview is based on DG Sanco’s Flash Report What is new Jan Wollgast from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) provided an overview of scientific news and policy developments in the fields of nutrition and physical activity (reduce inequalities in access (...)
01/10/2014

[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

European Gender Medicine Project kicks off in Brussels


In a one day, launch conference, the European Gender Medicine Project (EUGenMed) partners met with ninety experts and key stakeholders to assess the role of gender medicine (GM) in Europe. The launch conference marked the first of a series of project meetings under the DG Research and Innovation-funded Framework Seven Programme (FP7) project to be held in 2014 and 2015 that will culminate in the development of a roadmap for the further implementation of sex and gender (S&G) in (...)
22/04/2014

[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

What the Europe 2020 review means for health


With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
17/03/2014

[Joint open letter] Health actors write to Barroso proposing stronger health dimension


3 March 2014 - The European Commission is expected to launch its initial mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in early March. This review will need to take stock of both the attention paid to the inclusive growth pillar of Europe 2020 and the progress towards the target. EPHA and EPF propose changes to strengthen the health dimension of the strategy and ways to engage more with civil society. 2014 will be a year of change for the EU, with upcoming European parliamentary elections, (...)
03/03/2014

[Save the date] Patients’ Needs Driving Innovation in Global Health: March 10th, 2014


EPHA is organising a joint debate about the pivotal role that patients should play in creating innovative, affordable and quality technologies and products for poverty-related and neglected diseases. To register, please RSVP with your full name and contact details at anne.herrmann@dsw-brussels.org by March 6th.
24/02/2014

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