Delivering Value through Innovation in Diabetes Care Delivery

Delivering Value through Innovation in Diabetes Care Delivery


About 10% of adults live with diabetes in Europe. Despite advances in care, education, medication, tools and technologies, the diabetes prevalence continues to rise, more than one third of people living with diabetes (PWD) remain undiagnosed, and up to half the PwD do not achieve adequate blood glucose management. To highlight key innovative developments and ways in which the adoption of innovation can be promoted, IDF Europe is launching a new publication: Delivering Value through Innovation in Diabetes Care Delivery.

During the launch webinar of IDF Europe’s new publication, speakers from a variety of background will explore the innovative tools, technologies and approaches with the most potential to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of people living with diabetes; share their perspectives on the main challenges associated with the scaling up of these innovations; review examples where innovation has successfully been implemented and what the role of stakeholders in fostering adoption should be.

 The event will take place on 16 June, 13.00-14.30 CEST

 More information about the event and how to register:

Please let the HFE Secretariat know if you need any additional information.

EHMA to host executive workshop on value-based healthcare

EHMA to host executive workshop on value-based healthcare

On 10 May, from 14:00 to 18:00 CET, the European Health Management Association (EHMA) will be hosting an online workshop on value-based healthcare, ‘Everybody’s business: value-based healthcare’. This will be the last workshop in the series ‘The many avenues of health management’.

The workshop will dive deep into understanding what value-based healthcare is and how health authorities and industry can contribute to making it happen. Why should health systems and organisations drive the value-based revolution, and what should they do to make it a reality? From framing the agenda to steering the cultural shift, attendees will be made part of the journey toward value-based healthcare.


14.00-15.30 SESSION 1 – The big picture: making your health system/organisation valuable

15.30-15.45 Coffee break

15.45-16.45 SESSION 2 – Value generation on the ‘shop floor’

16.45-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-18.00 SESSION 3 – How to implement the VBHC revolution: a practical approach

The workshop will be led by Prof Federico Lega, PhD, Full Professor of Health Administration at the Public Health Department at Milan University. Prof Lega will be joined by esteemed guest speakers who are experts in value-based healthcare.

To learn more about the workshop and register, please visit this link.

Register for the EHMA 2022 Annual Conference

Register for the EHMA 2022 Annual Conference

In collaboration with the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, the European Health Management Association (EHMA) will be hosting its 27th Annual Conference on 15-17 June 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference title ‘From people to systems: leadership for a sustainable future’ will explore challenges and solutions for creating sustainable health systems and ways health managers can lead towards them.

One of EHMA’s main areas of work has been maintaining a dialogue between researchers, policymakers, health managers and professionals, thereby facilitating evidence-based policy refinement and change. The EHMA 2022 Annual Conference is a unique occasion for health managers, researchers, and professionals to have their voice heard, connect with decision-makers, and collectively inform policymaking at the European level.

The conference is structured around four tracks that reflect the holistic practice of health management, and frame the lenses through which contemporary topics are analysed and discussed. The tracks are:

  • Governance and Leadership;
  • Management, Operations and Practice;
  • Finance and Economics; and
  • Policy and Regulations.

Five optional topics have been chosen to help steer the focus, they include: People-centred systems; Managing the digital transformation; Workforce of the future; Shaping sustainable systems, and; Improving healthcare access, delivery and outcomes.

You can register for the conference here.
You can view the conference programme and speakers here.

Webinar: Supporting ambitious Diabetes and CVD Roadmaps in the context of the ‘Healthier Together – EU NCD Initiative’

Webinar: Supporting ambitious Diabetes and CVD Roadmaps in the context of the ‘Healthier Together – EU NCD Initiative’

By Alina Chebes, International Diabetes Federation European Region

Ten years after a landmark European Parliament Motion for a Resolution on Diabetes, MEPs Mobilising for Diabetes’ co-chairs, MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen and Christel Schaldemose, with support from the MEP Heart Group, invite you to a webinar on May 12 at 8.00-9.00 to explore the progress achieved on tackling diabetes and CVD in the last decade and how an ambitious ‘Healthier Together – EU Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Initiative’ can help achieve the many Resolution’s objectives that are still outstanding..

The Healthier Together Initiative was launched by the European Commission in December 2021. It aims to help Member States reduce the burden of major NCDs such as diabetes. Cardiovascular disease, for which diabetes is a key risk factor and which is also its leading cause of mortality, is also included in the initiative. A consensus document, described as a “toolkit to guide and coordinate action on NCDs” will be published by the Commission in June.

This initiative, which will be largely financed as part of the EU4Health programme, represents a major shift for the EC, which, until recently, had indicated that it would not support any disease-specific approaches other than cancer. The new vision is a unique opportunity to improve not only the prevention of diabetes and CVD but also the treatment, health outcomes and quality of life of the 32 million adults living with diabetes in the European Union.

Provisional Agenda:

Opening remarks

  • MEP Christel Schaldemose, MMD Co-Chair


  • Status and the way forward for the EU NCD Initiative – Artur Furtado, Deputy Head of Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Improving diabetes care and quality of life: Priorities of the diabetes community (Joao-Filipe Raposo, Clinical Director at APDP – Diabetes Portugal and President of the Portuguese Society of Diabetology)
  • Improving CVD care and quality of life: Priorities of the CVD community (Martin Halle, President, Preventive Cardiology Association, European Society of Cardiology)

Panel discussion

  • Artur Furtado, Deputy Head of Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, MMD Co-Chair
  • Charmaine Griffiths, President, European Heart Network
  • Chantal Mathieu, President, European Diabetes Forum
  • Niti Pall, Chair, International Diabetes Federation Europe

Closing remarks

  • MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, MMD Co-Chair

The discussion will be moderated by Cajsa Linberg, IDF Europe Advisor.

You can register for the event here.

6 weeks to go until IPIC 5th Edition!

6 weeks to go until IPIC 5th Edition!

By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

IPOPI extends a warm invitation for all those wishing to participate in the next in-person International Primary Immunodeficiencies Congress – IPIC 5th Edition 27-29 April 2022 held in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Resume travel and meet up with world-renowned speakers and experts in the field, in addition to many other colleagues and stakeholders with an interest in PID/IEI.

Join hundreds of colleagues already registered: register here.

See the video of the conference here.

Screen4Rare & upcoming INSD 2022!

Screen4Rare & upcoming INSD 2022!

By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI), International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS) and European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) are proud to announce the new Screen4Rare website! Screen4Rare (S4R) is a multi-stakeholder platform aiming to exchange knowledge and best practices on newborn screening (NBS) for rare diseases.

S4R advocates the importance of NBS as a key element to access to care. The group’s ultimate objective is, through policy engagement, to work towards ensuring that all babies can have equitable access to newborn screening; a life-saving tool for conditions such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).

S4R seeks to promote ‘The development of appropriate, well-organised and equitable newborn screening offered on a voluntary and informed basis to families to help identify well-defined treatable conditions where it is clear that their early asymptomatic detection and treatment during childhood results in significantly improved outcome.’

Learn more about the initiative’s goals and mission, recent NBS publications as well as upcoming events at

Coming soon:

Exactly 4 months following the recent Rare Disease Day, Screen4Rare will celebrate International Neonatal Screening Day (INSD) on 28 June.

INSD aims to help raise awareness about the value of neonatal screening and encourage collaboration as a way of improving existing screening programmes and to take advantage of the latest scientific developments.

Stay tuned for upcoming details about the 2022 campaign.


2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress Free Workshops

A series of OT-Europe Workshops have been held in the run-up to the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress being held online between the 15-18 September 2021. The workshops are free of charge to delegates who have registered to the Congress. The themes of the workshops are very relevant to the overarching theme of the Congress – resilience – and reflect the contemporary ‘state of the art’ expertise in Occupational Therapy research, education and practice. The workshop themes are:

Interdisciplinary delirium – aiming to raise awareness about delirium among OTs and to build a basis for an OT network dealing with delirium

E-health – while e-health provides health care and rehabilitation contexts with new opportunities, alternatives and potentials for the benefit of occupational therapy and the society at large, there are also a number of critical issues to be considered, such as ethics, barries, e-health literacy, professional requirements and competencies

Health literacy – investing in health literacy has proven to strenghten individuals’ and organisations’ resilience. In this workshop OTs will discuss how occupational therapy contributes to health literacy on different levels.

School-based Occupational Therapy – discussions about the different ways occupational therapists are developing school-based interventions and about the curriculum guidelines that have been developed for OT students.

Displaced persons – understanding how to be responsive to the challenges of forced migration is critical for humanity. There is a growing interest for the potential for occupational therapists to engage in work with displaced persons.

If the themes of the workshops raise questions or ideas of potential collaboration, please contact

Survey on RSV-associated burden and disruption to healthcare system

Fill out the survey on RSV-associated burden and disruption to healthcare system for a chance to win an Apple watch

By Tina Hadzig, European Health Management Association

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is currently working on the production of a white paper providing evidence-based policy insights into the management and prevention of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in Europe. EHMA is reaching out to healthcare providers in Europe to survey their views on the RSV-associated burden and disruption to the healthcare system.

For this purpose, four structured questionnaires (maximum 20 minutes) have been designed, addressing each of the care settings utilised by pediatric RSV patients:

Healthcare providers are asked to share their views on the system performance and pressures in the peak RSV season, and the actions required to mitigate the effects of RSV-associated health system disruption. The survey respondents can choose to have their name entered into a draw to win an Apple watch.

The information gathered will be published in a white paper providing evidence-based policy insights into the management and prevention of RSV infection in Europe, and assist decision-makers, health managers and other stakeholders take a long-term preventive approach for the future.

You can learn more here.

ESA Annual Meeting, September 9 – Register Now!

ESA Annual Meeting 2021
September 9th, 2021 | 14:00 – 16:50 CET

We are excited to invite you to the 4th ESA annual meeting! Join us on Thursday September 9, 2021 for this free event that will be held completely online. It will provide an opportunity to hear from policy makers, experts, and patients about how sepsis can fit into the European health agenda and what are the solutions to the lack of awareness and knowledge about sepsis.


Despite some advances in some European countries, the limited attention offered to sepsis continues to undermine the efforts to improve its prevention, recognition, and management – and is costing lives. As described in a recent publication by the Global Sepsis Alliance and other scientific societies, most patients admitted in the ICU with COVID-19 progress into viral sepsis, making of sepsis the main cause of death in this pandemic. Health systems that are resilient against sepsis and severe infection will be resilient against future such pandemics.

Countries and regions have started taking encouraging actions, but this is not enough. We need to engage with more stakeholders to ensure that sepsis becomes a priority in the public health agenda for all countries across the whole European Union and continent.

Join the discussion on 9 September with representatives from WHO, European Parliament, Commission, Council, ECDC, renowned experts and patient groups.

Please find the programme of the event here.

EHMA to host its Annual Conference from 15 to 17 September

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is delighted to host its Annual Conference under the theme ‘Health Management: managing the present and shaping the future’ on 15-17  September 2021.

This year, the Conference will take place digitally through the lens of Lisbon, Portugal and is organised in collaboration with the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH) and its academic partners, the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública and the Universidade Nova: Nova School of Business and Economics.

Over the last year, health systems across Europe have encountered the most difficult times for a generation. Health services buckled under the strain of COVID-19, confronting enormous challenges around hospital capacity and workforce planning during a pandemic. As managers are pondering whether there will be a return to a ‘new normal’, important questions will be asked about how to increase the resilience and readiness of health systems whilst also providing high-quality routine care catching up on the backlog of many months of missed operations. Health management will be at the centre of providing solutions for these unprecedented difficulties. Bringing practitioners, researchers and academics together to share solutions has never been more important than today.

The EHMA Annual Conference is widely considered the preeminent place to share experiences, skills and competencies in the field of health management. With a strong focus on innovative practices in governing, planning and delivering services, the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference will be the perfect location to get in touch with your European and international colleagues discussing the latest developments in governance and leadership, digital transformation, integrated care, and creating sustainable person-centred services.

» View the full programme of the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference

» Register for the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference*

*You can benefit from a discounted registration fee until Monday, 6 September 2021.

Connecting the Dots: a new film series on medical technologies

Connecting the Dots: a new film series on medical technologies

By Tanja Valentin, Medtech Europe 

Connecting the Dots is an inspiring online video series, that explores the ways medical technologies – medical devices and diagnostics – are meeting healthcare challenges, from diagnosis to cure.

Connecting the Dots, produced by BBC StoryWorks for MedTech Europe and MedTech Europe members, highlights some of the most pioneering devices, diagnostic solutions and services that are improving outcomes for patients and transforming entire systems of care. The series showcases the work of the innovators, healthcare professionals and organisations fuelling progress by telling stories about the people at the heart of these developments.

Serge Bernasconi, CEO, MedTech Europe, said: “We are excited about the launch of this series produced by BBC StoryWorks. Tens of thousands of medical technology companies, many of them being SMEs, are working relentlessly day-by-day to provide life-saving innovations to patients, to make healthcare systems more efficient and more resilient. It is a great recognition for all of them to bring their work closer to the public. I am very pleased to have a large variety of our industry’s innovations represented, and common ambition reflected in this series.”

Please take some time to explore and learn about the medical technology sector by exploring our new series. Watch the series.

Living in COVID Times: Experiences from People living with Diabetes

Living in COVID Times: Experiences from People living with Diabetes

By Elizabeth Dupont, International Diabetes Federation Europe 

To better understand the experience of living with diabetes during the pandemic and the overall impact this had on their mental health, self-management and care, identify gaps in healthcare provision across Europe as well as good practices developed during the crisis, IDF Europe conducted a survey on the impact COVID-19 had on people with diabetes, based on their perceptions and experiences.

Between August and October of 2020, IDF Europe conducted a survey to gather perspectives from people with diabetes on their lives during the pandemic. The survey recorded responses from 3,480 people living with diabetes in 32 European countries. One of the key findings of the report revealed that the pandemic had a severe impact on the mental health of people living with diabetes, with over 50% of respondents reporting a deterioration in their mental health and over 40% indicating feeling very or extremely more anxious during this period.

The report also highlights many geographical inequalities in access to diabetes care across Europe. Difficulties in access, as well as financial worries, were especially marked in central and eastern European countries as well as in the south of Europe.

Download the report to read more about the findings and also IDF Europe’s recommendations for restructuring health systems post-pandemic here.


Break the silence!

Break the silence!

By Isabella Haaf, The European Federation of Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Associations

This month on 19 May EFCCA will celebrate World IBD Day. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis affects over 10 million people worldwide and over 3.4 million in Europe alone. It´s an invisible disease that has a huge impact on a person´s quality of life.

Under the theme “Break the silence – IBD and Well-being” EFCCA wants to shed a light on the various aspects of the disease. In particular we want to start a dialogue and discussions on how IBD affects people not only physically but also psychologically.

Through a social media campaign using the hashtag #breakthesilence and #worldibdday2021 we invite the IBD patient community to talk about things they feel are not usually talked about as concerns their disease management.

For more information and how to join please visit:

New course on AMR on IAPO’s PAIR Academy

New course on AMR on IAPO’s PAIR Academy

By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

IAPO is pleased to announce and invite you to enrol on to our first course on the Patient Academy for Innovation and Research (PAIR Academy). The PAIR Academy is an initiative set-up to develop and maintain capacity amongst patients globally with education available whenever and at no cost, on fundamental skills to enable them to engage with their health-systems in a more meaningful and strategic manner.

The new course titled Antimicrobial Resistance: Patients’ Role in Appropriate Antibiotic Use aims to empower patients and caregivers in appropriate use of antibiotics by raising awareness about the real-world impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The irrational use of antibiotics and poor infection control practices are among the leading factors contributing to antibiotic resistance around the world. AMR is a worldwide problem, as new forms of resistant microorganisms can cross the borders and easily spread between continents. Irrational use of antibiotics is not only related to incorrect prescribing of antibiotics by doctors. Patient related factors also play an important role, such as self-medication.

Therefore, through empowering patients in appropriate use of antibiotics through this course, the PAIR Academy faculty aims to ensure patients and caregivers join global efforts in preserving their effectiveness, for as long as possible – for as many patients as possible!

The course material is available online at no cost.

Enrol Today –

Eurofound Study – Long-term care workforce: Employment and working conditions

Eurofound Study – Long-term care workforce: Employment and working conditions

By Bert Van Caelenberg, the European Federation of Employees in Public Services (EUROFEDOP)

EUROFEDOP would like to highlight a study conducted by Eurofound. The study highlights that around 6.3 million people work in the long-term care sector in the EU – up by one third in just one decade – while 44 million people provide frequent informal long-term care to relatives or friends.

The proportion of workers aged 50 years or older is higher than in other sectors, and is increasing at a faster pace: from 28% in 2009 to 38% in 2019.

Working conditions in the sector are characterised by physical challenges such as lifting people and working with potentially infectious materials – the risks being high in the sector as the workforce is older.

Exposure to adverse social behaviour at work means there is a high risk of developing mental health problems, thereby accentuating gender differences as the workforce is predominantly female.

 Better staffing levels and more training, with public funding leveraged to set standards for care work, can all contribute to improving working conditions, addressing staff shortages, and ensuring access to high quality long-term care.

Please find the report here: Eurofound report.

Join the MedTech Forum, digital event

Join the MedTech Forum

By Tanja Valentin, Medtech Europe 

The MedTech Forum is the largest health and medical technology industry conference in Europe and a key event since 2007. Join industry leaders, leading innovators and investors to discuss the future opportunities in the medical technology sector.

The event will be from April 20nd  to April 22nd 2021.

See more information here: