26 January 2021
Organised by Health First Europe
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EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care

“Integration of health and social care to tackle disease outbreaks”

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 from 11.30 to 13.00 CET

Virtual meeting via Ring Central

MEP Co-chairs

MEP Tudor Ciuhodaru (Romania, S&D)
MEP Irena Joveva (Slovenia, Renew Europe)
MEP Tomislav Sokol (Croatia, EPP)

It is often said that Europe does not let a crisis go to waste. This year, apart from the economic and social blows, the pandemic has shown the critical need for the improvement of European Health systems in critical areas, especially making it truly- patient centered. Future diseases outbreaks will need to be tackled having prevention in mind, so that instead treating such outbreaks, we can prevent them from happening on the first place due to the earlier detection of diseases.

Health First Europe along with a Co-chairs of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care would like to give its tangible contribution to the debate on transforming healthcare.

This virtual meeting will involve a broad and diverse range of health stakeholders to formulate concrete proposals for the future of a strong European Health Union.


Key issues to be discussed:

  • Fostering the integration of health and social care to improve patient care.
  • Scrutinising the collapse in primary care services for long term conditions, its impact and strategies for reversal.
  • Integrating digital care into the healthcare delivery. The use of digital solutions by doctors and patients should not be an ad hoc pandemic situation – those should remain available beyond the current crisis.
  • Developing mobile care units (workers and equipment) for acute crisis management.

Keynote contributors

Prof. Dr. Pedro Pita Barros  – European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, Member

Diederik Aarendonk –  European Forum for Primary Care Primary, Coordinator of the Forum

Neda Milevska –  International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations, Board Vice Chair 

Anu Söderström –  Occupational Therapy – Europe, President  

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