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In September 2014, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest will launch a new Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing with specialisation in Health Economics.
Over two years, students will understand and analyse key issues and problems of future health systems faced bymiddle-income countries. The Masters Programme is based on three main components : basic courses, professional core material and specialisation in health economics. The latter provides (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza vaccination, only one managed to reach the target for the older age priority group; moreover, data was scarce for other priority groups. A number of barriers identified in the report indicate the need for further reflection and discussion of seasonal flu vaccination involving all stakeholders (...)
On 3rd December 2013, different stakeholders of the healthcare system including nurses, social care workers, doctors, patients, citizens, researchers and industry met in Warsaw for the kick-off meeting of the ENS4Care project, with the ambition of developing together evidence based guidelines on eHealth services for nursing and social care.
Although most of the stakeholders met yesterday for the first time, the dynamism, creativity and commitment to work together in designing guidelines (...)
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the 7th edition of ’Health at Glance’, which provides the latest comparable data on health systems across all 34 OECD countries. Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected
This seventh edition of ’Health at a Glance’ provides evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and (...)
On 15 November, the 2013 European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) was once again put in the spotlight in Brussels by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and partners through a dedicated conference and social media event, highlighting its key messages on prudent antibiotic use. At the same time, worrying new developments in the areas of antibiotics consumption and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were brought into light to emphasise the urgent need for more (...)
The third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) took place in Recife, Brazil on 10-13 November. A number of prominent civil society organisations including EPHA and its member organisation Wemos have signed a Joint Statement, ’’No Progress towards Universal Health without Health Workers’’ as a commitment to improve accountability for tackling the global HRH crisis.
The health workforce crisis remains a core barrier to achieving the Millennium Development (...)
Prior to the European Parliament vote on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices, concerns have been voiced surrounding Amendment 40 and the potential ban of self-testing kits, such as those for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as this would reduce vital additional testing opportunities for people.
In September 2012, the European Commission launched a renewed legislative package for medical devices and In Vitro diagnostic medical devices. The procedure is now approaching (...)
On 9 October, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of adopting a modernised Professional Qualifications Directive (DIR36), which introduces new rules including more stringent requirements to be met by mobile health professionals in order to safeguard patient safety, and a simplified administrative procedure for swifter mutual recognition of professional qualifications between Member States.
The modernisation of DIR36 was one of twelve key actions identified by (...)