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Education and training

We believe that the cornerstones to improve health systems performance and efficiency is to address the current challenges of a transforming care, starting from:

  1. Supporting workforce to meet the new demand of healthcare
  2. Enabling the digital transformation of care

Health workforce of the future

Building a resilient workforce able to lead healthcare system transformation Health care systems across Europe are facing major challenges and health demands and needs are evolving. The capacity of health systems to address the changing needs for care strongly depends on their workforce, its availability, skills, mobility and flexibility. In order to build a resilient workforce and meet the challenges of Health care systems of the future, a paradigm shift is required. This shift should start from the workforce core skills and curricula and the EU has a role to play in coordinating Member States’ efforts, sharing success stories and define the essential competences to deliver smart and safer care. Joint in the debate at #EUworkforce4care.

From November 2019 to March 2021, Health First Europe, together with the EHMA, has coordinated the European Commission’s Thematic Network on the Health Care Workforce of the Future. 

Digital transformation of care

Health has an important role in the European Union’s actions to open digital opportunities and creating a positive data ecosystem. The European Commission is working to provide its citizens access to safe and top-quality digital services in health and care. As part of this effort, the Commission released in April 2018 its Communication on Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market. From this publication, many actions are currently kicking off to secure its correct implementations. Joint in the debate on #Digital4Care.

Since 2019, Health First Europe is member of the European Commission’s eHealth Stakeholder Group.

More about Education & Training

EVENT SUMMARY: EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care - Transforming Healthcare: A European healthcare workforce
2020 || Event summary

The European Parliament Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care held a virtual roundtable on 1 October 2020, entitled “Transforming Healthcare: A European healthcare workforce”

EVENT SUMMARY – 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 4th Webinar: AI and Robotics
2020 || Event summary

The fourth webinar of the European Commission’s Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on “Profiling and training the health care workers of the future” took place on Monday 9 September 2020 via webinar.

EVENT SUMMARY - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 3rd Webinar: Nurses’ training and core competences
2020 || Event summary

The third meeting of the European Commission’s Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on “Profiling and training the health care workers of the future” took place on Monday 22 June 2020 via webinar. Read here the event summary.

EVENT SUMMARY - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 2nd Webinar: Innovation readiness, digital leadership and literacy
2020 || Event summary

The second meeting of the European Commission’s Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on “Profiling and training the health care workers of the future” took place on Wednesday 13 May 2020 via webinar. Read here the event summary.

EVENT SUMMARY: My City-Lab Talk Series - AI in Genomics
2020 || Event summary, My City-Lab Talk Series

The latest meeting of the My City-Lab Talk Series “AI in Genomics: Delivering Personalised Medicine” took place on May 05th, 2020. The event was organised by Health First Europe, as a partner of My City-Lab project, to discuss how AI can contribute and support health care systems in the field of genomics.

EVENT SUMMARY - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 1st Webinar: Continuity and coordination of care
2020 || Event summary

The first meeting of the European Commission’s Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on “Profiling and training the health care workers of the future” took place on Tuesday 7 April via webinar. Here the event summary.

EDITORIAL: Refining the profile of the health workers of the future: the feedback of the European Medical Association members
2019 || Members news

The European Medical Association shared its view on the Health First Europe paper to profile of the health workers of the future, with a focus on the value evidence-based-medicine and of innovative big-data management.

EVENT SUMMARY: A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age
2019 || Event summary

On 5 November 2019, policymakers and health representatives met in the premises of the European Parliament to debate the role of the workforce of the future in making health care systems more efficient and financially sustainable in delivering care.

EDITORIAL: The challenges of digital health approaches for the 2020-2030 European health professionals
2019 || Editorial, Members news

This article is the preliminary draft of the contribution to the forthcoming meeting “A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age” to be held the 5th November 2019 in the European Parliament (Brussels, room ASP 5G 305) from 12:00 to 14:00

EVENT SUMMARY: EU health stakeholders at the Gastein Forum call for a strong political commitment for safer care to tackle HAIs and AMR
2019 || Event summary

On 2nd October 2019, Health First Europe organised the “Data for safer care” workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein to explore the disruptive role of data in shaping effective patient safety strategies and develop effective healthcare-associated infections’ (HAIs) surveillance systems.

EDITORIAL: MedTech Forum and MedTech Week events are kicking off!
2019 || Editorial, Members news

The MedTech Forum is one of the largest health and medical technology industry conferences in Europe. Next week in Paris, the 11th edition of the MedTech Forum will bring together CEOs, disruptors, hospital representatives, patients, policymakers and healthtech stakeholders to discuss the future opportunities in the medical technology sector.

EDITORIAL: Scaling up innovations to improve health care quality
2019 || Editorial, Members news

Health systems across the European Union are facing numerous challenges – from the ageing of the European population and sustainable financing of health care, to great variations and inequalities in clinical practice within and between countries, a necessary and rising emphasis on patient experience and patient-centredness within health systems...

EDITORIAL: What can we do to improve SCID?
2019 || Editorial, Members news

Severe Combined Immunodeficiencies or SCID is a devastating group of diseases by which babies are born without a functioning immune system. No immune system means that they can contract any infection or virus they are exposed to, without any means of defending themselves against them.

NEWS: fruitful discussion at ESNO Congress on the future of specialist nursing
2019 || Members news

Last week, 21st February 2019, HFE attended the Annual Congress of the European Specialist Nurses Organisations (ESNO). This year theme was “The Specialist Nurse in European Healthcare towards 2030".

EVENT SUMMARY: My City-Lab Talk Series – Diabetes care in the digital age: accessing innovation and fostering self-care
2018 || Event summary, My City-Lab Talk Series

The third meeting of the City-Labs Talk Series took place on November 22nd, 2018. The event, entitled “Diabetes care in the digital age: accessing innovation & fostering self-care”, was organised by the City-Labs team to discuss the impact of digital solutions on the improvement of diabetes care and how promoting access to these technologies can enhance quality of care.

EVENT SUMMARY: My City-Lab Talk Series - Applications of AI in health, to solve societal challenges or to become one?
2018 || Event summary, My City-Lab Talk Series

The first meeting of the City-Labs Talk Series took place on July 9th, 2018. The event, entitled “Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health: to solve societal challenges or to become one?”, was organised by City-Labs team to discuss applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health and medical laboratory and what are the key challenges ahead.

EVENT SUMMARY - To-Reach and Health First Europe Roundtable on Health Services and Systems Research
2018 || Event summary

On 29th January 2018, To-Reach and Health First Europe co-organised a joint workshop entitled Identifying and transferring innovation in comparative Health Services and Systems Research.

EVENT SUMMARY: Boosting workforce to meet new demands in healthcare systems
2017 || Event summary

On 28 Nov 2017, policymakers & health representatives met to spur debate on the role of innovation in supporting the re-organisation of health workers.

NEWS: Launch event of the white paper on cancer carers
2017 || News

On 19th October 2017, HFE joined the launch event of the White Paper on Cancer Carers, organised by the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and Eurocarers.

EVENT SUMMARY: How can we translate innovation into policy recommendations?
2016 || Event summary

It is possible to use a myriad of different technologies to improve patient safety and healthcare. We can do more by making sure that Member States are committed in incorporating these technologies into their health systems.

EVENT SUMMARY: Making patient centred community care a reality
2015 || Event summary

Held in collaboration with the Latvian Presidency of the EU, the event was the launching ground for a Declaration from the Latvian Presidency to facilitate commitment from Member States to an EU policy on community care that supports and empowers patients, nurses and informal carers to access innovations outside of acute settings.

EDITORIAL: Delivering positive health outcomes for citizens in 2014
2014 || Editorial

In 2014, Health First Europe will celebrate 10 years of working to ensure the well-being of European citizens by fostering access to the most innovative technologies to prevent, diagnose, monitor, manage, treat and cure diseases.  Our work this year will continue to build upon our belief that “health is wealth” by aiming for more sustainable healthcare in Europe, supporting patients to seek trusted information, protecting patients in health settings and making innovations in health systems more accessible to patients.

NEWS: HFE attends European Parliament Roundtable on the “Nursing Education”
2012 || News

Health First Europe attended a roundtable event jointly organised by the European Federation of Nurses (EFN) and the European Parliament to discuss professional qualifications for nurses.  This issue is currently being debated in the European Parliament as part of Professional Qualifications Directive.

EVENT SUMMARY: Innovation Day 2011 - Health First Europe receives support from policymakers to research drivers of innovation
2011 || Event summary

Health First Europe (HFE) organised its Innovation Day 2011 in the European Parliament gathering support from Parliamentary members for the need to research the drivers of innovation in healthcare. On this occasion, HFE launched its publication "Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Health: Examining the drivers of innovation" which calls upon the European Commission to examine the value chain of innovation – from identifying where gaps in quality of care exist, to determining where best practices have occurred and how such practices can be utilised to address gaps in Member States.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends the European Health Literacy Conference
2011 || News

According to the health literacy survey, most patients have a low or insufficient level of health literacy and this phenomenon represents a problem for European Member States (on different national levels) and a cost for the healthcare system. Therefore, conference participants agreed that Europe now needs a common consciousness among citizens and political involvement at the EU level to put patient’s knowledge of health at the center of the health sector. With efforts from all parties (e.g. patients and health providers), health literacy could play a fundamental role within European health policy.

NEWS: Health First Europe attends European Connected Health Week 2011
2011 || News

The conference brought together patients, professionals and European Commission officials, but mainly offered an avenue for industry to develop partnerships to drive mHealth and further the uptake of current technologies for the benefit of patients.

PRESS RELEASE: John Bowis and Health First Europe unveil 5 key e-Health principles for policymakers
2011 || Press release

Health First Europe (HFE) Honorary President John Bowis announced HFE's key tenets for e-Health petitioning policymakers to adopt the policy recommendations in order to foster increased access to medical technologies for patients.

EDITORIAL: The contribution of HFE to policy-making in 2011
2011 || Editorial

Editorial by HFE President John Bowis: At Health First Europe, we believe that “Health equals wealth.” We believe that investment in the healthcare systems throughout Europe will contribute to a more efficient, effective and productive society.

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 'E-Health - A New Holistic Healthcare Plan for Europe'
2011 || News

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.

EVENT SUMMARY - "E-Quality in E-Health"
2011 || Event summary

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.

NEWS: HFE attends ETNO 3rd Innovation Day "eHealth: an answer to EU healthcare and demographic change"
2011 || News

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: Health First Europe organises exhibition on the latest innovative medical technology in the European Parliament
2005 || News

Health First Europe, an alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics, experts and industry which aims to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe held an exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels from 20-23 June 2005.

NEWS: Europeans demand healthcare reform! Health coalition calls for Presidency action
2004 || News

From 1 July the Netherlands will take the helm of the Presidency of the European Union for the next six months and a range of healthcare debates and events are planned.

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 - EP Interest Group virtual meeting - Transforming healthcare: Prevention at the heart of European health systems
2020

Join the virtual meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care, to discuss secondary prevention at the heart of European health systems

EVENT - EP Interest Group virtual meeting - Transforming healthcare: A European healthcare workforce
2020

Join the virtual meeting of the EP Interest Group on innovation in health and social care. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown the vulnerabilities of European healthcare systems and highlighted the need for a common and coordinated response to health threats.

EVENT – 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 4th Webinar: AI and Robotics
2020

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the 4th webinar of the EUHPP Thematic Network on the Workforce of the Future. The topic of the webinar is “Preparing Health Care Professionals To ‘Future’ Healthcare Challenges (AI and Robotics)”.

EVENT - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 3rd Webinar: Nurses’ training and core competences
2020

This debate will explore how to prepare nurses on the future of health care delivery and support their educational pathway

EVENT - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 2nd Webinar: Innovation readiness, digital leadership and literacy
2020

This debate will explore how to prepare health care professionals to the ongoing digitalisation of care: Innovation readiness, digital leadership and literacy.

EVENT - 2020 DG SANTE Thematic Network 1st Webinar: Continuity and coordination of care
2020

This debate will explore how does the health care workforce need to be prepared to attend chronic patients with diabetes and cardiovascular conditions

EVENT: Training Path for European Phlebologists
2019 || Members news

The TRAPP Curriculum in Phlebology provides doctors with practical skills in order to offer better services to the community. The European Network created by the project defined the basic common phlebology criteria in Europe.

EVENT: Roundtable debate - A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age
2019 || News

Health First Europe is organising a roundtable debate focused on successful initiatives on how to enable the digital transformation of care.

EVENT: EHMA 2019 Annual Conference
2019

HFE and My City Lab organized the workshop “Profiling the health worker of the future”. Bring together academics, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

EVENT: My City-Lab Talk Series “Diabetes care in the digital age: accessing innovation & fostering self-care”
2018

This debate offers a dynamic discussion among key stakeholders and policymakers on the impact of digital solutions in improving diabetes care.

EVENT: My City-Lab Talk Series “Applications of AI in health: to solve societal challenges or to become one?”
2018

Join us for the first meeting of the City-Labs Talk Series: Applications of AI in health: to solve societal challenges or to become one?

EVENT: Identifying and transferring innovation in comparative Health Services and Systems research
2018

Funded as Horizon 2020 project, TO REACH aims to prepare a joint EU research initiative on health services and systems research.

EVENT: EP Interest Group meeting on Innovative Health Systems Reform: Boosting workforce to meet new demands in healthcare systems
2017

European health system requires a deep reconstruction to ensure its sustainability. Rethinking healthcare has become a priority.

EVENT: SHIFTING TO VALUE - Transforming Europe's Health Systems
2017

The conference will discuss the future of health systems and how Value-Based Healthcare can tackle the challenges they face, by shifting to integrated models that improve outcomes for patients and foster sustainability.

EVENT: HFE Roundtable on Engaging Patients in the Digital Revolution: A Call to Build Smarter and Safer Healthcare Systems
2017

Under the patronage of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union, Health First Europe and City-Labs are pleased to invite you to join us for the Roundtable on Engaging Patients in the Digital Revolution: A Call to Build Smarter and Safer Healthcare Systems.

EVENT: Innovative Health Systems Reform - How can we translate innovation into policy recommendations?
2016

Innovation is a key instrument for EU Member States to achieve sustainable and efficient healthcare solutions.

EVENT: Innovative Health Systems Reform: The role of the EU in advancing innovation
2015

There are many innovations that already exist which can support improved effectiveness and patient outcomes. Why are such innovations not adopted by healthcare systems?

EVENT: UEHP Congress: Modernization of Healthcare Systems
2015

Join the most important Congress on Health Systems Modernization and Health Sustainability in the unique location of the San Raffaele University Hospital in Milano.

EVENT: E-Quality in E-Health publication launch
2011

Health First Europe launched its’ “E-Quality in E-Health” publication in the European Parliament under the sponsorship of MEP Dr. Milan Cabrnoch (ECR, Czech Republic) and MEP Francoise Grossetete (EPP, France).

PUBLICATION: Profiling the European Health Workforce of Tomorrow
2019 || Paper

In February 2019 HFE decided to bring together a broad range of health stakeholders, from health care managers to medical students, to launch an inclusive debate to shape the profile of the health worker of the future. The discussion aimed at outlining the core competences required in the emerging models of care, gaps in the current workforce educational and profession pathways, and highlight the policy changes necessary to support health workers in the transformation of care.

Paper: HFE members' reflections on digital health
2019

HFE has released its paper on digital health, collecting members' reflections on digitalisation of care, the opportunities existing technologies can offer and the barriers to overcome for their implementation.

Compendium: Innovative Solutions to boost efficiency in health care
2019

In the frame of the Medtech week, Health First Europe is launching a compendium of innovative solutions in order to boost efficiency in the health care industry.

PUBLICATION: Discussion Paper on Boosting workforce to meet new demands in healthcare systems
2017

Recognising that health workers are integral to building strong and resilient health systems that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

PUBLICATION: Recommendations on Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
2012

Health Technology Assessment is an important tool in the healthcare decision making process. In its recommendations, HFE stressed the need to a more inclusive and transparent process.

PUBLICATION: Report on the Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Health: “Examining the Drivers of Innovation”
2011

Health First Europe believes that in order to address the challenge of implementing innovative solutions in health, further research and assessment are needed to map the drivers of innovation.

PUBLICATION: eQuality in eHealth: Report Stakeholders' reflections on addressing eHealth challenges at EU level
2011

eHealth has the potential to promote a philosophy where patients are put first through innovation. The document reports all the challenges and opportunities related to health and digital solutions as well as HFE recommendations to better address them.

PUBLICATION: Policy Paper on the future of health: “2050 a Health Odyssey”
2008

What will healthcare delivery look like in 2050? Do we stand on the edge of a new revolution in healthcare treatment? How will we as patients consume healthcare in the modern age?

PUBLICATION: HFE health survey – 77 EU opinion leaders’ views on the future of health
2007

This publication gives an overview of the outcome of the HFE survey on healthcare and patient priorities addressed to EU healthcare decision-makers and stakeholders (the survey was launched in October 2016).