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Delivering integrated care

An ageing society, a rise in chronic diseases, increased demand for primary care and personalised life-long care as well as resource limitations are challenging the sustainability of Europe’s health systems. Health demands and needs are evolving, as are the societies and innovations aimed at improving the performance of healthcare systems. Truly patient–centred systems need to be developed around the individual patient and replace the current healthcare focus on acute care episodes with a system that emphasizes prevention

To provide solutions to the growing demand for improved patient experience and health outcomes of multimorbid and long-term care patients,  Health First Europe developed the HFE Model on Community Care in 2013. It is a horizontal model for integrated care with the objective of fostering innovation and breaking down silos that prevent citizens from accessing an integrated care system. Since then, we have been working to foster policies that integrate patient care throughout patients’ lifetimes.

More about Integrated care

EVENT SUMMARY: My City-Lab Talk Series - AI in the Fight Against Cancer
2020 || Event summary, My City-Lab Talk Series

The latest meeting of the My City-Lab Talk Series “AI in the Fight Against Cancer” took place on February 25th, 2020. The event was organised by Health First Europe, as a partner of My City-Lab project, to discuss the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the fight against cancer, from screening to treatment.

EVENT SUMMARY: My City-Lab Talk Series - Tackling Heart Failure in Europe: Accessing Innovation & Fostering Integrated Care
2019 || Event summary, My City-Lab Talk Series

The City-Labs Talk Series meeting “Tackling Heart Failure in Europe: Accessing Innovation & Fostering Integrated Care” took place on September 11th, 2019. The aim was to discuss how to improve care to tackle the burden of heart failure, from diagnosis and prevention to reduction of risk of death throughout integrated care models and solutions.

EDITORIAL: Multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care
2019 || Editorial, Members news

The Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN), a member of Health First Europe, is an independent, multidisciplinary group aiming to drive policy change in heart failure (HF). Read here the editorial wrote by its Managing Director, Ed Harding  

EDITORIAL: Committed to protect our health, starting from patient safety and integrated care
2018 || Editorial

Today, 7 June 2018, I am pleased and honoured to be appointed new Honorary President of Health First Europe, one of the EU’s leading stakeholders aiming at improving access for patients to treatment and innovation.

NEWS: Patient-MedTech Dialogue Workshop on community care
2018

On 25 May 2018, in the context of the Patient-MedTech Dialogue, EPF and MedTech Europe organised a half a day workshop on community care and patient access to medical technologies. Our Executive Director, Melina Raso, contributed to the debate on community care to ensure equal and broad patient access to medical technologies.

NEWS: Leading advocates in health and social care call on Commissioners to do more on community care
2015 || Press release

Today leading advocates for health and social care policy in Europe called on European Commissioners to develop a dedicated and holistic policy on community care. Eurocarers, European Forum for Primary Care, European Social Network and Health First Europe, together call European Commissioners for health and food safety and employment, social affairs and inclusion, to support Member States in their efforts to make person-centred community care a reality.

EVENT SUMMARY - Innovative Health Systems Reform: the role of the EU in advancing innovation
2015 || Event summary

The second meeting of the European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care. was opened by Co-Chair Kay Swinburne (ECR, UK) at the European Parliament. The event brought together health stakeholders and Member States' representatives to look at investment, rather than just cost-containment, in health systems.

EDITORIAL: Community Care – With patients, by patients and for patients
2015 || Editorial

Editorial by HFE Vice-President Bert Van Caelenberg As patients, carers of patients, friends of patients and ultimately future patients, many of us have been calling for healthcare policies to support a revolution towards innovative treatments, infrastructures, and communication tools. Enhancing community care, empowering patients and partnering with targeted key stakeholders should be part of this revolution and certainly part of a more holistic solution.

PRESS RELEASE: Health First Europe launches European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care
2014 || Press release

Health First Europe today announces the launch of a new Parliamentary Interest Group to facilitate greater focus on improving patient access to innovation in health and social care.

EVENT SUMMARY: European Commission Chronic Diseases Summit
2014 || Event summary

On 3 & 4 April, the European Commission held the first ever Chronic Diseases Summit which aimed to bring together key stakeholders to generate recommendations about priority actions at EU level to tackle chronic diseases in Europe.

PRESS RELEASE: Health First Europe calls for EU leadership on Community Care
2013 || Press release

Aiming to meet the enormous challenges faced by health systems across Europe, Health First Europe today launched its’ Model for Community Care.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends “Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: From Plan to Action”
2012 || News

Following the Commission's Communication in February 2012, the conference brought together stakeholders from all areas of health to inspire implementation of the Strategic Implementation Plan adopted by the Commission for taking forward priority action areas in integrated care and healthy ageing throughout the EU.

NEWS: Public hearing of the EESC on "Partnering in Research and Innovation on the example of the pilot partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"
2012 || News

On 7 February, Health First Europe attended a public hearing on the European Commission Communication’s "Partnering on Research and Innovation" on the current example of the pilot partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

NEWS: Health First Europe attends EP Interest Group on Carers
2011 || News

Health First Europe attended the 2nd meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers in the Active and Healthy Ageing Partnership, held on 11 October at the Parliament.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends EPC/CHES Policy Dialogue: “Only what can be measured, can be achieved: the case of active, healthy ageing”
2011 || News

On 14 June, the European Policy Centre (EPC) together with the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) organised a conference bringing together various health stakeholders to discuss how to increase healthy living by 2020 as prescribed by the Pilot Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

NEWS: Conference Innovation in Healthcare: from Research to Market
2011 || News

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: HFE attends “Health Care Reforms in an Ageing European Society with a focus on the Netherlands”
2011 || News

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.

EVENT- EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care – Strengthening the resilience and resource efficiency of EU health systems: A call for an integrated approach
2021

Join the virtual meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care, to discuss how to strengthen the resilience and resource efficiency of EU health systems.

EVENT- EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care - Integration of health and social care to tackle disease outbreaks
2021

Join the virtual meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care, to discuss how to tackle and prevent disease outbreaks.

EVENT: My City-Lab Talk Series - Tackling Heart Failure in Europe through Innovation and Integrated Care
2019

Cardiovascular diseases are one of Europe’s main health issues, 15 million people live with heart failure in Europe and 1/5 people may suffer it in their life.

EVENT: Making Patient-Centered Community Care a Reality
2015

Health First Europe in collaboration with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organises the conference 'Making Patient-Centred Community Care a Reality'.

EVENT: 1st Meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care
2015

Join us for our 1st Meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care on 5 May from 8.00 - 9.30 in the European Parliament Members' Salon.

EVENT: Health First Europe 10th Anniversary
2014

On 12 November, HFE celebrates its 10 year Anniversary by launching a new European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care, hosted by Co-Chair of the Interest Group, Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE).

PUBLICATION: HFE and Latvian Presidency of the Council Declaration on Making Patient-centered Community Care a Reality
2015

The Latvian Presidency, in collaboration with Health First Europe, presented the “Declaration for Making Patient – Centered Community Care a Reality,”to encourage the development of policies to improve care for patients in community settings.

PUBLICATION: HFE Models - Wound Care, Ostomy Care, Dialysis Care & Continence Care in Europe
2014

Health First Europe released four thematic models to address some key challenges in community care: Roadmap on Wound Care – Roadmap on Ostomy Care – Roadmap on Dialysis Care – Roadmap on Continence Care in Europe.

PUBLICATION: Health First Europe Model for Community Care
2013

The Health First Europe Model for Community Care is a roadmap of the substantive changes required to release the value and power of the new care model.