NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes new MEP supporter

Health First Europe is delighted to welcome a new MEP Supporter:

István Ujhelyi (S&D, Hungary)

Learn more about our new MEP supporter:

Mr István Ujhelyi is a is a Hungarian politician, who was MP in the National Assembly of Hungary between 2002 and 2014 and has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2014, as vice chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged in 2002.

Health First Europe is delighted to welcome the new MEP as a supporter and looks forward to future collaboration.

NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes new MEP supporter

Health First Europe is delighted to welcome a new MEP Supporter:

Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé (EPP, France)

Learn more about our new MEP supporter:

Ms. Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé is a French lawyer and politician, who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. She studied law at the Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, where she graduated from notarial law, before settling in Metz.

Health First Europe is pleased to welcome the new MEP as a supporter and looks forward to future collaboration.

NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes new MEP supporter

Health First Europe is delighted to welcome a new MEP Supporter:

Susana Solis Pérez (Renew Europe, Spain)

Learn more about our new MEP supporter:

Ms. Susana Solis Pérez is a Spanish politician, who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. She has since been serving on the Committee on Regional Development. She is also a member of the European Internet Forum and the MEPs Against Cancer group.

Health First Europe is pleased to welcome the new MEP as a supporter and looks forward to future collaboration.

NEWS: Read HFE and Navarre (Spain) joint article on patient safety

Patient Safety

In the frame of the campaign for the Declaration for Patient Safety, Health First Europe collaborated with the Spanish region of Navarre to publish an article on the best practices for safety and quality of care at the regional level.

Navarre, one of the north regions of Spain, is strongly committed to promote patient safety. Its 2014-2020 health plan, establishes a strategy for patient safety in health centres, following the recommendations, based on evidence from the Spanish Ministry of Health.

You may find below the article in English and Spanish.

PUBLICATION: Read our Joint Call on Patient Safety and HAI Prevention and Control

Our Joint Call on Patient Safety and HAI Prevention and Control is out! 

A Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) is an infection occurring in a patient during the process of care in a hospital or in another healthcare facility which was not present or incubating at the time of admission. HAIs can affect patients in any type of health care setting in both hospital and long-term care facilities while receiving care, and can also appear after discharge, thus increasing the risk of spreading the infection within the community.

Following the Council Conclusions on the next steps towards making the EU a best practice region in combatting antimicrobial resistance and the resulting engagement of the EU institutions and Member States, we call on the European Commission to adopt a broad and coherent pan-European Infection Management Strategy addressing the health, social, economic and environment determinants, which influences infection diseases and considers the intrinsic links between antimicrobial resistance, prevention of HAIs and sepsis.

NEWS: Read our Joint Call on Patient Safety and HAI Prevention and Control

Our Joint Call on Patient Safety and HAI Prevention and Control is out! 

A Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) is an infection occurring in a patient during the process of care in a hospital or in another healthcare facility which was not present or incubating at the time of admission. HAIs can affect patients in any type of health care setting in both hospital and long-term care facilities while receiving care, and can also appear after discharge, thus increasing the risk of spreading the infection within the community.

Following the Council Conclusions on the next steps towards making the EU a best practice region in combatting antimicrobial resistance and the resulting engagement of the EU institutions and Member States, we call on the European Commission to adopt a broad and coherent pan-European Infection Management Strategy addressing the health, social, economic and environment determinants, which influences infection diseases and considers the intrinsic links between antimicrobial resistance, prevention of HAIs and sepsis.

NEWS: World patient safety day – the Tuscany region at the forefront of quality of care

In the frame of the campaign for the Declaration for Patient Safety, Health First Europe collaborated with the Centre for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety of the Tuscan Region to publish an article on best practices on safety and quality of care at regional level.

Tuscany, the fifth largest region of Italy, is strongly committed to foster patient safety. One of the cornerstones of health policies for the safety and quality of care in Tuscany is the promotion of practices for patient safety: a series of technical and informative sheets related to care practices essential to prevent the risks of adverse events. Those safety practices are shaped together with health professionals and they identify the essential elements at operational and management level for an adequate application of preventive solutions.

The article is available here: http://www.quotidianosanita.it/toscana/articolo.php?articolo_id=77867

EVENT: Roundtable debate – A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age

Roundtable debate: A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age

Under the Patronage of the Finnish Presidency

#Digital4Care

Tuesday 5 November 2019, 12:00 – 14:00
Room ASP 5F385 – European Parliament
Welcoming remarks by MEP Sara Cerdas (S&D, Portugal)

HFE is organising a roundtable debate entitled A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age, taking place at the European Parliament on Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 12:00 – 14:00. 

This roundtable will focus on the role of workforce to encourage the uptake of digital solutions to innovate healthcare systems.

The following issues will be discussed:

  1. What structural changes in health care settings can support health workers in leading the digital revolution?
  2. What skills do health care workers need to maximise the benefits of digital technologies?
  3. How EU policies can support health care workers in scaling up innovation?

Key note contributors

MARIA TERESA PARISOTTO  – European Specialist Nurses Organisations (ESNO)
TANJA VALENTIN  – MedTech Europe
PAULIUS POVILONIS – European Medical Students’ Association
CHRISTOPH KLEIN – European Commission (DG CNECT)
TAPANI PIHA – Finnish Presidency of the Council
ANTANAS MONTVILA
– European Junior Doctors Association
MATTHIAS WISMAR – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
TILEN KOZOLE
– European Pharmaceutical Students
ANNABEL SEEBOHM – Standing Committee of European Doctors

The roundtable event will be moderated by MARC LANGE, Secretary-General of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)

REGISTER HERE

AGENDA

EVENT PICTURES

EVENT SUMMARY 

SPEAKERS PRESENTATIONS

PUBLICATION: Read our Sepsis Joint Letter addressed to MEPs

#STOPSEPSISEU: Joint Letter to MEPs

The third roundtable debate of the European Network for Safer Healthcare jointly with Health First Europe, received very positive feedback which lead to the publication of a letter co-signed by relevant Health European Associations addressed to all the 751 Members of the European Parliament in order to raise awareness on sepsis prevention and control in Europe.

 

The following organisations signed the letter:

 

sepsis signatures

NEWS: Health First Europe and the Spanish Patients’ Forum call the Spanish Minister to act on Patient Safety

On the World Patient Safety Day, Health First Europe and the Spanish Patients’ Forum join hands to call the Spanish minister to act to foster patient safety. 

On any given day, at least one out of 18 patients in European hospitals gets an infection acquired within the healthcare system. In Europe, 1 in 10 hospitalized patients have experienced negligence during their care. These damages are largely preventable. Statistical projections show that effective strategies to reduce the rate of adverse events in the European Union could lead to the prevention of more than 750,000 medical errors, which in turn would lead to over 3.2 million fewer days of hospitalization, as well as 260,000 fewer incidents of permanent disability and 95,000 fewer deaths per year.

To raise awareness about patient safety and advocate for safer health care systems, Health First Europe and the Spanish Patients’ Forum present their joint letter addressed to the Spanish Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs María Luisa Carcedo.

Here below the letter is available in English and Spanish

NEWS: Our Wish Campaign for the future of health in Europe

Make a wish for the future of health care in Europe!

here below Health First Europe members’ wishes addressed to the EU policymakers.

In conjunction with the first Plenary of the new European Parliament, on Tuesday 2nd July HFE launched a communication campaign to introduce our members to the returning and new parliamentarians to share their wishes and calls for actions for the next EU Health Policy Agenda.

Here you can find all our wish cards.

NEWS: Registration is now open for EHMA Winter School – Managing Digital Innovation

HFE’s Member, EHMA (European Health Management Association) opened the registrations for EHMA 2019 Winter School on the theme of “Managing Digital Innovation in Healthcare”, taking place on 5th – 7th February 2019 in Kloster Eberbach, Germany.

Are you interested in developing your skills in healthcare management?

Do you want to join top-level coaches and peers in interactive discussion on the

digitalisation of healthcare and its implications for management?

Then join the EHMA Winter School!

 

What will you learn?

  • The impact of digital innovation on health workforce and skill-mix by Prof. Dr. Walter Sermeus, KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, Belgium
  • A new approach to developing Healthcare Leaders – Taking a global perspective whilst retaining regional and local practice by Dr. Stephen Brookes and Dr. Jill McCarthy, University of Manchester, UK
  • Teleneurology – Integrating neurological expertise through digital innovation by Dr. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Learn more and register by Friday, 25th January here >> bit.ly/2019WinterSchool

NEWS: Health First Europe welcomes COTEC as new member!

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HFE is delighted to welcome the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC) as new member.

COTEC was established in 1986 with the purpose of coordinating the views of the National Associations of Occupational Therapy in Europe. The aim of COTEC is to enable National Associations of Occupational Therapists to work together to develop, harmonise and improve standards of professional practice and advance the theory of Occupational Therapy throughout Europe to best address the social and health issues affecting European citizens. COTEC strives to make Occupational Therapy visible, valued, accessible and available for all European citizens by supporting its members and by collaborating on European level.

COTEC is a non-profit organisation which represents 30 European Occupational Therapy Associations and more than 180,000 Occupational Therapists. COTEC is a regional group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

Health First Europe is delighted to welcome COTEC as member and looks forward to working together to advance high-quality health and social care across Europe.

NEWS: Today is the World Mental Health Day, time to foster inclusion through innovative hearing care

According to WHO, around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss and 34 million of these are children. Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of US$ 750 billion. Interventions to identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective and can bring great benefit to patients and the whole society.

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018), Health First Europe launches the video campaign #TogetherToHear to raise awareness on the burden of untreated hearing loss across Europe and its impact on social exclusion. Hearing loss and ear diseases have significant social and emotional effects. Exclusion from communication can impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and frustration.

Early detection and intervention are crucial to tackle the adverse effects of hearing loss on a child’s development, educational achievements and social participation. Unaddressed hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline (people with mild hearing loss have nearly twice the chance of developing dementia as people without any hearing loss) and depression, due to the lack of social interaction and engagement in society. The Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders revealed that more than 11% of those with hearing loss also had depression, compared to 5% in the general population.

Hear the voice of your European representatives advocating to foster inclusion through innovative hearing care. MEP Renate Sommer, Anne-Sophie Parent (Secretary General at AGE Platform) – Shelly Chadha (WHO programme for prevention of deafness and hearing loss) and Teresa Amat (President EURO-CIU) join their voices to raise awareness on hearing loss impact and the role of innovative technologies in better managing this condition.

 

Watch the video campaign #TogetherToHear

 

NEWS: WHO calls for action to stem the rise in hearing loss

Some 900 million people could suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050, according to new estimates released by the World Health Organization on the occasion of World Hearing Day on 3 March.

Currently 466 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss, 34 million of whom are children. This is up from 360 million people five years ago.

The main reasons for this increase is a growing ageing population and the persistence of risks such as ear and vaccine-preventable infections like measles, mumps and rubella; the use of medicines that can harm hearing such as those used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria; and exposure to loud sounds through personal audio devices and in entertainment venues and workplaces.

“Past trends and future projections predict a vast increase in the number of people with hearing loss,” says Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Unless appropriate action is initiated, nearly one in 10 people could have disabling hearing loss by 2050. This will considerably affect their lives and pose a significant cost to health systems. Governments must act now to prevent this rise and ensure people with hearing loss can access the services and technologies they need.”

Disabling hearing loss affects people in many ways. It impacts on a person’s ability to communicate, socialize, learn, work and enjoy life, contributing to poverty, social isolation and feelings of loneliness. In older people in particular, hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline, increasing the risk of depression and dementia. Unaddressed hearing loss costs countries an estimated US$ 750 billion annually in direct health costs and loss of productivity.

Interventions can reduce hearing loss and its adverse impacts

Overall it is suggested that half of all cases of hearing loss can be prevented; in children, this figure is around 60%. This includes by immunizing children against infectious diseases; screening and treating children who suffer from chronic ear infections; promoting safe childbirth to minimize the risk of asphyxia and neonatal infections associated with hearing loss; avoiding the use of particular drugs harmful to hearing; controlling exposure to loud sounds in occupational and recreational settings; and raising awareness about healthy ear care practices through public health campaigns.

Detecting and intervening early when people do have hearing loss helps to minimize the consequences, especially for children. This is achieved through screening programmes. In cases where hearing loss is unavoidable, it is vital to ensure access to appropriate and affordable assistive technologies such as hearing aids and surgically implanted electronic cochlear implants, and communication services like speech therapy, sign language and captioning.

Governments and partners have a key role to play

To stem the rise in disabling hearing loss, WHO supports governments and their partners to:

  • Integrate ear and hearing care into primary health care systems as part of universal health coverage;
  • Raise awareness among the public about the prevention of hearing loss;
  • Ensure services to treat hearing loss, including access to assistive technologies and communication services;
  • Train hearing care professionals;
  • Regulate sound exposure on personal audio devices and in entertainment venues and workplaces;
  • Empower people with hearing loss to overcome stigma and discrimination.

WHO has also initiated development of a global report and related toolkit on hearing, to provide authoritative evidence on the magnitude of hearing loss globally, as well as its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Press release and more information available at WHO website 

NEWS: The Coalition on Hearing loss and Disability launches its Manifesto

The Coalition on Hearing loss and Disability demands concrete actions to tackle hearing loss and improve access to hearing technologies

“Innovative hearing devices, such as cochlear implants, can make a real change in the lives of people with severe hearing loss. We must ensure access to these technologies to overcome any barrier to communication and quality of life”
John Bowis, Health First Europe Honorary President

Health First Europe, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), the European Association of Hearing Aid Professionals (AEA), AGE Platform Europe, Euro CIU, the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA), the Ear Foundation and the International Federation of ORL Societies (IFOS) join hands to promote actions to tackle the impacts of hearing loss and improve access to hearing devices.

Our Coalition aims to raise awareness among European policy-makers on the social and economic impact of hearing loss and, therefore, to facilitate the adoption of “ad-hoc” effective policies. For this purpose, today the Coalition presents for the first time the Manifesto on Hearing Loss and Disability: throughout its calls for action, we want to protect the participation of people with hearing loss in their communities as well as stress the need to develop a concrete strategy for hearing care into primary health care system.


In Europe 10% of the total population (52 million people) self-report to experience hearing loss, 73% consult a medical professional, but only 50% are referred to hearing care professionals.

Mark Laureyns, AEA President, remarks that “Hearing loss is a huge problem for the health of Europe’s citizens: this disability puts huge pressure on Europe’s social care systems if left untreated. It is time to act to improve access to innovative hearing technologies and professional hearing care!”

“Together we have produced the Manifesto to ensure that the needs of persons with hearing loss are at the heart of public policies: EU institutions are called to take the lead in ensuring that access to professional hearing care is a right and to develop a European strategy on hearing loss focused on equality, prevention and rehabilitation”, said Marcel Bobeldijk, EFHOH President.

“As Europe’s population ages, the burden of hearing loss will increase. We must act to protect older people’s rights and promote their participation in society!” Anne-Sophie Parent, Sec. Gen. AGE Platform Europe.

Teresa Amat, Euro-CIU President, commented “in line with the principles of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU should take the lead in ensuring access specify our collective to assistive technologies such as cochlear implants and enhancing participation and inclusion to our group as citizens with full rights in our society”.

You can download the Manifesto and read our calls for action here.

We welcome anyone who supports our goals to promote the Manifesto and to spread our message! Follow our campaign on Twitter and LinkedIn 👂

For more information, please contact: info@healthfirsteurope.org