NEWS: HFE attends 5th Annual Patients’ Rights Day: Putting citizens at the centre of EU policy

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On the occasion of the 5th Annual European Patients’ Rights Day, the European Economic and Social Committee together with the Active Citizenship Network organised a conference to discuss “Putting Citizens at the Centre of EU Health Policy.” Attended by a broad array of patients’ organisations, the conference aimed to emphasise the outcomes of a project undertaken by Active Citizenship Network members to determine how the rights of patients within the European Union are respected. The report suggests that the rights of patients – as outlined by the European Charter of Patients’ Rights – are not being fully respected and that much work still needs to be done to ensure patient empowerment so that all citizens understand how to take full advantage of their rights as patients.

NEWS: Conference Innovation in Healthcare: from Research to Market

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The European Commission’s Directorate Generals (DGs) for Research and Innovation, Enterprise and Industry and Health and Consumers, jointly organised the second conference on Innovation in Healthcare: from Research to Market, in Brussels on the 30-31 March 2011.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends conference on “Innovation in health and new technologies: tools for the sustainable management of public health systems”

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Health First Europe attended the conference entitled “Innovation in health and new technologies: tools for the sustainable management of public health systems” organised by Fundación Comunidad Valenciana to stimulate awareness of the integration of innovation and technology with health.

NEWS: HFE attends ‘E-Health – A New Holistic Healthcare Plan for Europe’

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The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies together with the European Centre for Public Policy organised the E-Health: A New Holistic Healthcare Plan for Europe event.

NEWS: HFE attends “Health Care Reforms in an Ageing European Society with a focus on the Netherlands”

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Health First Europe attended the launch of “Health Care Reforms in an Ageing European Society” which looked specifically at the burden of cost on European healthcare systems as the population ages.

NEWS: HFE attends DG INFSO’s Information Day on ICT Policy Support Programmes for health

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The Information Day held in Brussels on 28 February 2011, announced the work programmes for 2011 which included funding initiatives pertaining to ICT in health – specifically ICT solutions for fall prevention and detection, e-inclusion and e-Health.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends 4th Annual Symposium on “Rare Diseases Day”

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Health First Europe attended the 4th Annual Symposium on Rare Diseases organised by EURORDIS under the heading of “Rare but Equal” to create awareness and bring attention to rare diseases and the millions of people across the globe debilitated by them.

EVENT SUMMARY – “E-Quality in E-Health”

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HFE Honorary President Mr. John Bowis opened the reception for the launch of the “E-Quality in E-Health” publication explaining the purpose of the event was to reach out to policymakers both within and beyond the European institutions to do more in the e-Health domain.

PRESS RELEASE: Health First Europe demands concrete actions for rapid uptake of eHealth

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Health First Europe released yesterday its publication entitled “E-Quality in E-Health” demanding action amongst policymakers and stakeholders to quickly advance patient access to e-Health technologies by setting concrete targets for Member States on the reimbursement of payments and the access to innovative technologies.

NEWS: The Council adopts new rules in combating late payment in commercial transactions

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Yesterday, Monday 24 January 2011, the Council adopted new rules in combating late payment in commercial transactions. The new directive introduces for the first time penalties against local authorities that pay their bills late (beyond 30 days of the date of invoice), with a few exemptions for health care.

NEWS: HFE attends ETNO 3rd Innovation Day “eHealth: an answer to EU healthcare and demographic change”

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The 3rd Innovation Day conference organized by the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) brought together various telecoms to present new applications for e-health innovation in addition to highlighting the work the European Commission is undertaking in this field with the attendance of Neelie Kroes, the European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda.

NEWS: HFE attends FACE Workshop of Health Inequalities: Fatal Determinants for Cancer Patients

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Forum Against Cancer Europe (FACE) held a workshop in the European Parliament to discuss the need for policy in the arena of health inequalities as socioeconomic, educational, racial and legal social determinants continue to play a role in the access of patients to quality care throughout Europe.

NEWS: Injury prevention top health priority under the Hungarian Presidency

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The Hungarian Presidency took over the rotating presidency of the European Union from Belgium on 1st January this year. In terms of health priorities, the Hungarian Presidency’s overarching theme will focus on “Patient and Professional Pathways in Europe”.


PRESS RELEASE: Chronic disease management demands EU leadership: Innovation the way forward

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The Belgian Presidency of the European Union and Health First Europe (HFE) have called for European leadership in the management of chronic diseases at a conference jointly organized in the European Parliament on 1 December entitled “Chronic Disease Management: Aim for an Innovative Cure.”

NEWS: Health First Europe attends European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing stakeholder meeting

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Last Friday, 26 November, the European Commission invited key health players such as public and private associations, companies, individuals and academia to participate in a multi-stakeholder meeting that aimed at seeking the views on how the EU can scale up innovation to meet the challenges of an ageing population.

Health First Europe welcomes Jill Evans as new MEP supporter

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Health First Europe is very pleased to announce that MEP Jill Evans has become an HFE supporter. Ms. Evans sits in the ENVI Committee and is a member of the Delegation for relations with Iraq […]