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  • 01 June 2017

    Innovation in diagnostics for tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

    On 31st May 2017, policymakers and health representatives met within the framework of the European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation on health and social care to spur debate on innovative diagnostic solutions necessary to manage and fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Europe. In this frame, the meeting entitled Innovation in diagnostics for ­fighting antimicrobial resistance provided the framework to launch the White Paper on rapid diagnostic technologies to tackle AMR, perceived to be valuable tools to curb the antibiotic misuse by reducing unnecessary prescription, tailoring treatment for bacterial infections, and limiting the spread of infections.

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  • 15 May 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes Andrey Kovatchev as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe welcomes Andrey Kovatchev as a new MEP Supporter.

     

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  • 15 May 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes Mark Demesmaeker as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe welcomes Mark Demesmaeker as a new MEP Supporter.

     

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  • 25 April 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes Kateřina Konečná as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe welcomes Kateřina Konečná as a new MEP Supporter.

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  • 14 February 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes Carlos Zorrinho as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Carlos Zorrinho as a new MEP Supporter

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  • 14 February 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes Annie Schreijer-Pierik as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Annie Schreijer-Pierik as a new MEP Supporter.

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  • 08 February 2017

    HFE is happy to welcome Stefano Maullu as new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Stefano Maullu as a new MEP Supporter.

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  • 31 January 2017

    Don’t Brexit on rare disease patients – The case of primary immunodeficiencies

    On Tuesday 24th January 2017, Health First Europe attended the 8th PID FORUM organised by the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI) in the European Parliament to discuss the [...]

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  • 31 January 2017

    Healthcare for person with disability: Home and abroad

    On 25th January 2017, HFE joined the conference on access to healthcare for persons with disabilities organised by the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IFSBH) in cooperation with [...]

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  • 26 January 2017

    Health First Europe welcomes José Inácio Faria as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome José Inácio Faria as a new MEP Supporter.

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  • 07 December 2016

    Recommendations on tackling antimicrobial resistance and HAIs to improve patient safety

    AMR is a growing global threat and a significant societal and economic challenge. The cost of inaction is projected to result in 10 million deaths globally per year and a cumulative loss of over EUR 88 trillion to the world economy by 2050. To tackle this global threat the Co-chairs of the EP Interest Group on innovation in health ans social care call on the European Commission to recognise the link between Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and AMR in order to ensure safer care for patients. Furthermore, they recommend to..

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  • 17 November 2016

    Innovative health systems reform: Tackling antimicrobial resistance and HAIs to improve patient safety

    “A prudent use of antibiotics is a cornerstone of the battle against antimicrobial resistance”

    Doctor Andrea Ammon, Director of ECDC

    On 17th November 2016, in conjunction with the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, policy makers and health stakeholders met within the framework of the EP Interest Group on Innovation on health and social care to discuss how to tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance to improve patient safety.

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  • 20 October 2016

    Health First Europe welcomes Nicola Caputo as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Nicola Caputo as a new MEP Supporter.

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  • 18 October 2016

    Measuring patient safety progress in Europe: 11 indicators to accelerate the implementation of EU Patient Safety policies

    Patient Safety is a public health issue and needs to be considered a cross sector topic in healthcare policies and upcoming health system reforms. In order to measure EU Member States progress on tacking patient safety including healthcare-associated infections and anti-microbial resistance, Health First Europe (HFE) has developed 11 policy indicators and scrutinised several EU Member States. HFE calls on the European Commission and EU Member States to use effectively these 11 policy indicators to drive and foster the implementation of better standards regarding patient safety in Europe.

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  • 15 June 2016

    Time to make progress on patient safety in Europe

    Time to compare Member States

    That is why today I support Health First Europe in its publication of policy indicators to measure the quality and safety of healthcare systems for patients in Member States.  These policy indicators will be used to compare healthcare systems and to assess their achievements of the 11 recommendations already called for in the 2009 Council Recommendations on patient safety, as well as in my 2015 report.

    Using its decade long work in the field of patient safety, Health First Europe believes that indicators for compliance must exist alongside standardised methodologies for achieving defined goals in patient safety and quality of care. These indicators should provide input to EU institutions and Member States with a view to enhancing the measuring of the results, failures and improvements of national policies on patient safety and AMR. It is in the interests of all EU citizens that Member States do not simply adopt policies, but measure them against targets for success, thus proving the effectiveness of the recommendations across the EU.

    MEP Piernicola Pedicini

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  • 07 June 2016

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

    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 and that they are supported by policies that guarantee that patients receive the best care possible.

    Karin Kadenbach (S&D, AT)

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  • 10 May 2016

    Health First Europe attends the meeting of the MEPs Interest Group European Patients’ Rights and Cross-border healthcare

    On 3 May, HFE attended the meeting of the MEPs Interest Group on European Patients’ Rights and Cross-border healthcare focused on “Patients’ Rights have no borders… As well as risks!” [...]

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  • 16 December 2015

    HFE is happy to welcome Julie Girling as new MEP Supporter

    Julie McCulloch Girling is a British conservative politician serving as a MEP for the South West of England. MEP Girling graduated with a BA in History and Politics from the University of Liverpool [...]

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  • 14 December 2015

    HFE is happy to welcome Jens Gieseke as new MEP Supporter

    Jens Gieseke is a German national and a member of the EPP party at the European Parliament since 2014. MEP Gieseke grew up in Lathen, Germany. After studying law in Osnabrück, [...]

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  • 20 November 2015

    HFE is happy to welcome Piernicola Pedicini as new MEP Supporter

    Piernicola Pedicini is an Italian national and has been representing Movimento 5 Stelle (EFDD) in the European Parliament since 2014. He studied physics and subsequently medicine at the University of Naples where [...]

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  • 18 November 2015

    Antimicrobial resistance: Prevention and not just treatment

    During World Antibiotic Awareness Week, experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the University of Antwerp, all conveyed the clear message that antimicrobial resistance is a growing global problem with severe consequences for all of us if we do not act now.

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  • 11 November 2015

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

    "Why is that innovations that have proven to be cost-effective in the long term, are not invested in, in the short term?" – Kay Swinburne (ECR, UK)

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  • 28 September 2015

    Health First Europe welcomes ISNS as a new member

    HFE is delighted to welcome the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS) as a new member. ISNS is recognized worldwide for its contributions to the detection of neonatal conditions and the [...]

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  • 08 June 2015

    Making patient centered community care a reality

    3 June 2015 - How do we develop sustainable patient centric community care policies while meeting the demands of various key stakeholders? This was the question at the heart of the discussions during Health First Europe's conference on 'Making Patient-centred community care a Reality'.

    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.

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  • 22 May 2015

    HFE is happy to welcome Philippe De Backer as new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Philippe De Backer as a new MEP Supporter. Mr. De Backer serves as member on both the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China . He also sits on both the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect and finally on the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a substitute.

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  • 18 May 2015

    Health First Europe attends the 9th European Patients’ Rights Day

    On 12 May, HFE attended the 9th European Patients' Rights dedicated to sustainability of healthcare systems with a specific focus on the burned of chronic diseases. Organised by the Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the 9th edition of the European Patients' Rights Day represented a moment to reflect and discuss on the current state of the European Charter of Patients' rights launched in 2003 and to outline the future ACN actions particularly the establishment of a European Parliamentary interest group on European Patients' Rights and Cross-Border Healthcare.

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  • 11 May 2015

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Alojz Peterle as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Alojz Peterle as a new MEP Supporter. Mr. Peterle serves as Chair of Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee. He also sits on both Conference of Delegation Chairs and Committee on Foreign Affairs as member. Finally he also serves as substitute on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Delegation for relations with India.

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  • 05 May 2015

    Innovative Health Systems Reform: Meeting the Needs of Patients, Carers and Professionals

    How do we define innovation and in what context should it be placed in the development of policy on health systems reform?

    This was the question at the heart of the discussions during the 1st meeting of the European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care.

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  • 22 April 2015

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Natalie Griesbeck as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Natalie Griesbeck as a new MEP Supporter. Ms Griesbeck is a Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. MEP Griesbeck also sits as a Substitute on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America and on the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.

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  • 08 April 2015

    Health First Europe welcomes ACN as a new member

    HFE is delighted to welcome the Active Citizenship Network (ACN) as a new organisational member. Launched in December 2001 as the European and International interface of the Italian civic participation organisation Cittadinanzattiva [...]

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  • 17 March 2015

    Health First Europe welcomes Cristian Silviu Bușoi as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Cristian Silviu Bușoi as a new MEP Supporter. Mr. Cristian Silviu Bușoi serves as Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and as a Substitute of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.

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  • 12 March 2015

    Health First Europe welcomes Sirpa Pietikäinen as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Sirpa Pietikäinen as a new MEP Supporter. Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen serves as Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and as a Substitute Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

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  • 05 December 2014

    Health First Europe attends the 5th Primary Immunodeficiencies Forum

    On 4 November, HFE attended the 5th Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID) Forum organised by International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI). Chaired by MEP Dr. Cristian Busoi (EPP, RO) and MEP Dr. Boleslaw Piecha (ECR, PL) the meeting reflected on the development of a comprehensive framework of care and policy to deal with PIDs at the European level.

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  • 14 November 2014

    Health First Europe 10th Anniversary Reception, European Parliament

    On 12 November, HFE celebrated 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), the reception brought together a variety of EU officials and health stakeholders to discuss the achievements of Health First Europe, the future aims of the organisation, and the priorities for the Interest Group which will hold its first meeting in 2015.

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  • 18 September 2014

    Health First Europe welcomes IPOPI as a new Member

    Health First Europe is delighted to welcome the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI) as a new organisational member. Established in 1992, IPOPI works as the global advocate to improve [...]

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  • 10 June 2014

    Health First Europe – 10th Annual General Assembly

    At the occasion of its 10th Annual General Assembly, Health First Europe gathered together pan-European organisations and the European Commission to contribute to the HFE Road Map for the next [...]

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  • 08 April 2014

    European Commission Chronic Diseases Summit

    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. Focusing on all aspects of the chronic diseases epidemic, the conference invited stakeholders to contribute ideas and actions for EU added value in this area.

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  • 21 March 2014

    EP Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

    On 18 March, HFE attended the 13th meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). Chaired by MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, Portugal) the meeting reflected on the contribution of the group to public health at EU level and the main challenges for the next Parliament and Commission.

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  • 19 March 2014

    HFE attends European Commission conference “Health in Europe – Making it fairer”

    On 18 March, the European Commission hosted an event to tackle the issues of health inequalities across Europe.  Given the economic crisis and the reduction in expenditure by European health systems, the event was timely and was a reminder of the fact that health is a right for everybody and the most vulnerable must be protected.  The full day conference brought together policymakers and civil society from a variety of disciplines to debate, discuss, and drive the next steps at EU level towards fairness in health.

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  • 28 January 2014

    Health First Europe attends the Equity Action final conference

    On 23 January, HFE attended the Equity Action final conference on “Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond: Building Cohesion and Strengthening Health for Growth”.  The event showcased the tools and expertise developed by Equity Action during its three years of activity. The project assessed the progress on addressing health inequality in the EU and considered opportunities and challenges for future actions.

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  • 19 December 2013

    Health First Europe welcomes Elisabeth Morin-Chartier as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Elisabeth Morin-Chartier as a new MEP Supporter. Mrs. Elisabeth Morin-Chartier serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and is a Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. She is also a Member of the Delegation for Relations with United States.

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  • 28 October 2013

    Health First Europe attends the World IBD Campaign Final Conference

    On 17 October, HFE attended the final conference of the World IBD Campaign at the European Parliament.  The event, organised by HFE member the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA), with the support of MEP Cofferati (S&D, Italy) and MEP Panayotova (EPP, Bulgaria), discussed the priorities and needs of people living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) from 3 perspectives: employment and labour market, healthcare and research, youth and education.

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  • 23 October 2013

    Health First Europe attends 3rd Coordination Meeting of EU network on patient safety and quality of care

    17/18 October – Continuing its work as a collaborating partner, Health First Europe attended the 3rd Coordination Meeting of the EU network on patient safety and quality of care in Paris, France.  The meeting brought together partners of the project to update members on each of the seven work packages and discuss upcoming tasks and deliverables for 2013.

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  • 11 October 2013

    Health First Europe attends European MedTech Forum 2013

    10/11 October 2013 – Health First Europe attended the annual European MedTech Forum which focused on the implications of new regulatory proposals for patients, clinicians and industry.  Bringing together a variety of stakeholders, the event highlighted the need for long-term thinking to ensure the continuation of rapid, innovative solutions for patients in Europe.

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  • 09 October 2013

    Health First Europe attends the launch of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)

    On 2 October, HFE attended the launch of the ‘Irish Longitudinal study on ageing” at the European Parliament organised by ISC Intelligence in Science. The study, which is a large-scale, nationally representative study of people aged 50 and over in Ireland, aimed to identify the older citizen and explore the ageing process in order to plan appropriate health, medical, social and economic policies.

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  • 27 September 2013

    ENVI Committee exchange of views with Dr. Marc Sprenger (ECDC)

    On 26 September, the ENVI Committee hosted an exchange of views with the European Commission and Dr. Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Center for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC).  He discussed ECDC developments in enhancing health protection of European citizens and highlighted the role of the agency for reducing healthcare associated infections (HAIs) across Europe.

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  • 01 July 2013

    Health First Europe attended a debate on ‘Equity of Access to Quality Healthcare’

    On 26 June Health First Europe attended a debate on ‘Equity of Access to Quality Healthcare’ at the European Parliament. Following the First Conference on Health Inequalities in the New EU Member States held in Sofia in September, MEP Andrey Kovatchev (EPP, BG) sponsored a follow-up event to discuss the outcome of the initiative. The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) - as Ms. Nicola Bedlington, the EPF Executive Director, explained - was actively involved in the organisation of the Conference.

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  • 05 June 2013

    Health First Europe attends the European Parliament’s workshop on patient safety

    On 30 May, Health First Europe attended the European Parliament’s workshop co-chaired by the Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs on the Own-initiative report on ‘Patient Safety’. The draft report will be considered in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on 20 June and the workshop provided an ideal setting to explore the various challenges faced by the EU and Member States for protecting patients while receiving care.

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  • 20 March 2013

    “Time to improve men’s health: the next steps for the EU?”

    19 March 2013 – Following the publication of the European Commission’s report on The State of Men’s Health in Europe (2011), Health First Europe attend an event held in the European Parliament entitled,  “Time to improve men’s health: the next steps for the EU?” Focused on how to concretely improve the health of European men going forward, the event was hosted by MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark) and brought together leaders in men’s health as well as the European Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Tonio Borg, to consider how the EU can best support men to improve their health and well-being.

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  • 06 March 2013

    Health First Europe attends E.C.H.O debate: “The care industry as a driver of economic development and public deficit reduction”

    5 March 2013 – Health First Europe attended the European Confederation of Care Home Organisations(E.C.H.O.) event in the European Parliament which aimed to raise awareness about the key role care homes play in healthcare as well as the opportunities that exist for economic development by investing in care homes throughout the EU.  The event brought together a variety of EU and Member State health stakeholders to discuss the rising demand for dependent care in Europe and the challenges for meeting the needs of 30 million dependent people in the coming years.

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  • 01 March 2013

    Health First Europe attends the Workshop on 'Regulation on Medical Devices (MDs) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDMDs)

    On 26 February, Health First Europe attended the Workshop on ‘Regulation on Medical Devices (MDs) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDMDs)’ at the European Parliament.  The event was the first public discussion on the dossier and brought together stakeholders from the EU health community to provide their positions on the current proposal before discussions amongst policymakers begin in March.  It was clear that while many welcomed a more robust legal framework for the regulation of medical devices, stakeholders differed in the approach to balancing the needs for safety against the needs for innovation in healthcare.

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  • 16 January 2013

    HFE attends 2nd Coordination Meeting of the European Network on Patient Safety and Quality of Care

    14/15 January 2013 – Health First Europe continued its participation as a collaborating partner in the European Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care during the second coordination of the network in Berlin, Germany.  The second coordination meeting brought together all partners to discuss the tasks completed throughout the seven work packages during the first year of the project as well as to look forward and prepare for the next tasks ahead in 2013.

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  • 14 January 2013

    Health First Europe welcomes EDMA as a new member

    Health First Europe (HFE) is delighted to welcome the European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA) as a new member organisation.  EDMA represents over 500 companies engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) products across Europe. IVD products have enormous potential to transform healthcare systems by providing better care to patients through more accurate initial diagnoses as well as playing an essential role throughout the delivery of care from primary prevention, to evaluation and follow-up of treatment.  Additionally, the IVD industry continues to support greater health literacy for patients who can now monitor their lab tests online through a tool developed specifically for patients.

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  • 07 December 2012

    Advancing patient safety in the EU: Reducing healthcare associated infections

    On 27 November, Health First Europe together with MEP Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden) organised a follow-up roundtable debate on Advancing patient safety in the EU: Reducing healthcare associated infections in the European Parliament from 14.00 - 16.30.  This event brought together high-level stakeholder to discuss the current state of infection control in Europe and the next steps for reducing HCAIs.  Panelists included the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the German Society for Hospital Hygiene.

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  • 03 December 2012

    Health First Europe attended the roundtable debate on “e-Health – additional cost burden or efficiency factor for Europe’s health systems?”

    30 November – Health First Europe attended the roundtable debate on “e-Health – additional cost burden or efficiency factor for Europe’s health systems?” organized by the European Policy Centre. The event brought together policymakers and stakeholders in order to discuss the economic rationale for using e-Health solutions.

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  • 01 December 2012

    European Parliament Open Forum Debate on reducing healthcare associated infections advocated implemention of the HFE recommendations

    On 27 November, Health First Europe together with MEP Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden) organised a follow-up roundtable debate on Advancing patient safety in the EU: Reducing healthcare associated infections in the European Parliament from 14.00 - 16.30.  This event brought together high-level stakeholder to discuss the current state of infection control in Europe and the next steps for reducing HCAIs.  Panelists included the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the German Society for Hospital Hygiene.

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  • 16 November 2012

    Health First Europe encouraged by progress on patient safety: Calls on EU to support greater standards to protect patients

    16 November 2012 – Health First Europe welcomes the European Commission report published today outlining the progress achieved by Member States since the adoption of the Council Recommendations on patient safety in 2009.  While encouraged by the outcomes of the report, Health First Europe believes that further steps are needed to ensure that patient safety is a priority for all healthcare institutions with clear standards in place as well as reduction targets for healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).

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  • 15 November 2012

    EP Open Forum Debate endorses Health First Europe Road Map for the future of patient safety in Europe

    High-level healthcare stakeholders stressed the need for a patient-centred strategy to promote optimum patient safety in Europe at a meeting in the European Parliament to debate the Health First Europe (HFE) Road Map for the Future of Patient Safety. Some 40 participants including physicians, national experts, NGOs, MEPs, and representatives of the European Commission, WHO and ECDC, reached broad agreement on five key steps needed to achieve the highest quality standards: minimum standards for patient safety, including harmonised and comparable reporting systems; mandatory prevalence surveys and targeted surveillance systems; training programmes for healthcare professionals; investment in patient education that would empower citizens, and investment in technology to combat healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs) in the long-term.

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  • 15 November 2012

    Health First Europe attends “Medical Devices: is the new legislation sufficient to protect patients?”

    14 November 12 - Health First Europe attended the Seminar “Medical Devices: is the new legislation sufficient to protect patients?” organized by the ALDE Group at the European Parliament.  The Seminar brought together representatives from the EU institutions to give their perspectives on the proposal for a revised Medical Devices Directive published by the European Commission in September.

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  • 12 November 2012

    Health First Europe attends European Innovation Partnership: First conference of partners

    6 November 2012: Health First Europe attended the European Innovation Partnership EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA): First Conference of Partners. Bringing together partners of the EIP on AHA, the conference outlined the progress achieved by the six designated Action Groups of the project. Each group presented its Action Plan for delivering specific objectives which will contribute to the overall goal of the partnership: 2 additional healthy living years for each European citizen by 2020.  Over 300 stakeholders from all Member States are participating in the Commission’s initiative originally launched in 2010.

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  • 25 October 2012

    Health First Europe participates as a Collaborating Partner to the EU Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) Joint Action

    Health First Europe (HFE) is pleased to inform that the European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) Joint Action (JA) has launched a new website. The PaSQ project was officially launched in May 2012 with the aim of supporting the implementation of the Council Recommendations on Patient Safety by promoting cooperation between Member States, stakeholders and international organizations. Building on the existing permanent network for Patient Safety, this initiative will promote the establishment of platforms in all European Member States. The JA is co-funded by the European Commission and will be performed through seven Work Packages (WP).

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  • 17 October 2012

    HFE attends European Parliament Roundtable on the “Nursing Education”

    16 October 2012 – 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 the Directive 36 (known as the Professional Qualifications Directive).  The event brought together a variety of stakeholders, including Members of the European Parliament, representatives of Member State health ministries and permanent representations as well as nurses and EU health organisations to present the diverse positions of stakeholders and to better understand the impact of this directive on the nursing profession and patients.

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  • 16 October 2012

    Health First Europe attends MedTech Forum 2012

    10/11 October 2012 - Health First Europe attended the MedTech Forum 2012 which aimed to present the value of the medical technology industry for health systems across Europe.  Launching the new MedTech Alliance between the European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and Eucomed, the three day event brought together high-level policymakers, hospital managers, patients and industry to discuss the challenges facing all health stakeholders as well as offering potential solutions.

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  • 09 October 2012

    Health First Europe welcomes Bogusław Sonik as a new MEP Supporter

    Health First Europe is happy to welcome Bogusław Sonik as a new MEP Supporter. MEP Sonik serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control and is a Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is also a Member of the Delegation for relations with Iran. Prior to joining the European Parliament in 2004, he worked as Minister plenipotentiary at the Polish Embassy in France and later served as President of the Małopolskie Provincial Assembly. He has been awarded the title of Knight of the Order of Art and Literature in Poland.

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  • 05 October 2012

    HFE attends “The electronic health record: transforming Healthcare communications in Europe”

    On 2 October 2012, Health First Europe attended the conference “The electronic health record: transforming Healthcare communications in Europe” at the European Parliament. The event was organised by the Emilia Romagna Region in order to discuss the crucial issue of electronic health management with EU policymakers and representatives of different European regions. MEP Salvatore Caronna and MEP Vittorio Prodi, an HFE Supporter and Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, co-chaired the conference and provided a brief overview of the topic.

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  • 12 July 2012

    HFE attends "Financing healthcare research and innovation:Who should do what and with whom?"

    On 11 July, Health First Europe attended the lunch briefing on “Financing healthcare research and innovation: who should do what and with whom?” organized by European Voice in Brussels. The briefing brought together experts in healthcare research and innovation sector, industry voices and policymakers to discuss the severe challenges currently faced by the health sector and new funding opportunities.

    Opening the two-hour discussion, European Voice’s Assistant Editor, Simon Taylor, introduced the panel of speakers and provided a brief overview of the topic, stating that investing in research and development is becoming more and more difficult with the economic crisis continuing and the costs of bringing new medicines to the market constantly rising. Bernard Munos, the founder of InnoThink consultancy, agreed and stressed the difficulties currently faced by the industrial sector. The increase in the average age of the population in the majority of EU countries, in combination with the rising expectations of patients to have access to the most advanced medicines and treatments, creates increased pressure on healthcare spending. Therefore, Mr. Munos suggested that there is a need to develop both medicines and treatments which will deal with the shifting landscape of common diseases. Mr. Munos also highlighted the importance of innovation in health and welfare as the keys to the future success of the pharmaceutical sector.

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  • 29 June 2012

    Health priorities of the Cypriot Presidency

    On 1 July 2012, Cyprus will begin its Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second half of 2012. It is the first time that Cyprus will hold the EU Presidency since joining the European Union in 2004. Cyprus is the third Member State of the current Trio, along with Poland and Denmark which will conclude on December 31, 2012. During its Presidency, Cyprus aims to work towards a better, more relevant Europe for its citizens and to the world, meaning a more effective Europe. The Presidency has also prioritised growth and job creation, promoting social cohesion and providing hope to its citizens.

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  • 18 June 2012

    HFE attends “Gender and Health Through Life”

    On 14 June, Health First Europe attended the Copenhagen Conference 2012 "Gender and Health Through Life" organised by the European Men's Health Forum, the European Patients Forum, the European Cancer Patient Coalition, the European Cancer Organisation and the Men's Health Society in Denmark.  The conference brought together experts in men's and women's health, including Health First Europe Honorary President John Bowis, to discuss gender dimensions of healthcare policy.

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  • 07 June 2012

    Restructuring health systems: How to promote health in times of austerity?

    On 6 June 2012, Health First Europe attended the annual conference of the European Public Health Alliance which focused on how to promote health in times of financial crisis.  The conference brought together representatives from various international and European organisations to discuss not only the impacts of austerity on health systems, but also solutions to the current challenges presented by ageing populations, shortages of healthcare professionals and declines in social and healthcare spending.

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  • 05 June 2012

    Health First Europe welcomes Antònio Fernando Correia de Campos as an MEP Supporter

    HFE is very pleased to announce MEP Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos (S&D, Portugal) as a new supporter. MEP Correia de Campos serves as Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee in addition to being a Member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, a Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, and a Member of the Conference of Delegation Chairs.

    Prior to becoming an MEP, Mr. Correia de Campos served as Minister for Health in Portugal as well as being a Member of the Committee on Health Services Research at the WHO and working as a Senior Health Care Management Specialist at the World Bank.  HFE is very please to welcome MEP Correia de Campos as a new Supporter and looks forward to our future collaborations.

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  • 01 June 2012

    EP Open Forum Debate endorses Health First Europe Road Map for the future of patient safety in Europe

    Health First Europe held an invitation-only roundtable event on 24 April in the European Parliament from 10.00-12.30 to debate the Future of Patient Safety in Europe. Under the Sponsorship of MEP Christofer Fjellner, (EPP, Sweden), the event was chaired by HFE Honorary President John Bowis with the participation of HFE Patron and Former EU Health Commissioner David Byrne, the Health Systems and Health Threats Units of the European Commission (DG SANCO), representatives of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and HFE MEP Supporter and Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, MEP Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria).  The event also included other high-level stakeholders to discuss and validate the HFE recommendations on patient safety and healthcare-associated infections.

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  • 04 May 2012

    Health First Europe attends the debate on State of Men’s Health in Europe

    On 26 April, Health First Europe attended a lunch debate on men’s health in Europe organised by the Premier League Network at the European Parliament. The European Commission recently launched a major report entitled "The State of Men’s Health in Europe" which identified a number of very important issues about men’s health – with significant implications for health, social care and the economy – in society. Chaired by MEP Linda McAvan (S&D, UK), the event called for increasing knowledge about men’s health issues with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament, academics and other stakeholders such as football clubs.

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  • 27 April 2012

    Open Forum Debate on Patient Safety: After event material

    Opening Health First Europe’s Open Forum Debate on Patient Safety, Patron of the Health First Europe Task Force on Patient Safety and HFE MEP Supporter Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden) began by stating, We can do more to protect patients.”

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  • 12 April 2012

    Health First Europe urges EU policymakers to do more to protect patients

    EU policymakers should strengthen the standards for patient safety in Member State healthcare systems, adopt measurable improvement targets for Member States on patient safety, and develop a European strategy to combat the incidence of healthcare associated infections, according to Health First Europe's Recommendations on Patient Safety launched today. The publication provides concrete, targeted and researched proposals for Member States reflecting the areas of patient safety outlined by the Council in 2009.

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  • 04 April 2012

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

    3 April 2012 - Health First Europe attended the European Commission's conference on the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) which looked to launch the Partnership from the planning stage to the implementation stage.  With the political support and participation of three European Commissioners including Neelie Kroes, John Dalli and Laszlo Andor, the conference highlighted the progress made over the last year towards reaching the EU 2020 goal of two additional healthy life years for European citizens by 2020.  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 active and healthy ageing throughout the EU.

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  • 29 March 2012

    Health First Europe attends a Stockholm Network meeting on "A new vision for the future of healthcare"

    On 28 March, the Stockholm Network invited scientists, academics and professionals to share discussions about the current challenges and obstacles in the health sector and to bring ideas to the table to build together a new vision for the future of the healthcare systems in Europe. To widen the debate, the panelists presented the various points of view of different stakeholders: patients with new behaviours and expectations; health professionals with new skills and competencies; and finally, industry with new challenges and interests to move towards a more innovative, safe and efficient health care sector.


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  • 23 March 2012

    Health First Europe attends EP Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Meeting

    Health First Europe attended the 8th meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) which was held on 20 March at the European Parliament. This EP Interest Group, in line with the Council Conclusions of 2010 on chronic diseases, aims to develop an EU strategy on chronic diseases generally, and to discuss the EU reflection on chronic diseases in particular. Chaired by MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, Portugal) and co-chaired by Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE, Bulgaria), this meeting brought together representatives from the European Commission, experts and associations to launch a further discussion with key stakeholders in the area of chronic diseases and related issues.

     

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  • 14 March 2012

    Health First Europe attends EPC/CHES Policy Dialogue: “Creating an environment for healthy and active ageing – what are the key elements for success?”

    On 12 March, the European Policy Centre (EPC) together with the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) organised an open debate between key actors involved in active and healthy ageing issues from all areas of society. Participants represented community and health services, transportation and building and housing to discuss how to develop more age-friendly environments in societies and how to ensure ongoing initiatives and projects across policy areas at both local and EU level.

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  • 10 February 2012

    Public hearing of the EESC on "Partnering in Research and Innovation on the example of the pilot partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"

    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). During the meeting, the European Economic and Social Committee warmly welcomed the Commission’s initiative to establish and promote European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs), which are geared towards organising the European research and innovation cycle in a more effective way. Representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee participated in order to give their opinions and discuss the European Commission partnering approach.

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  • 10 February 2012

    Health First Europe attends “Diabesity: a World-Wide Challenge”

    9 February 2012 – Health First Europe attended the European Commission and Danish Presidency event "Diabesity: a World-Wide Challenge" which focused on understanding the current information available on the prevalence of diabetes and potential solutions to combat the current trends for increasingly prevalence.  The conference brought together the European Parliament, the Danish Presidency, and the European Commission, but also various global organisations working on diabetes prevention and treatment in conjunction with scientists and medical doctors with extensive knowledge and expertise in chronic and non-communicable diseases.  The participants agreed that diabetes is indeed a world-wide epidemic and presented various ideas and projects which can help all health stakeholders tackle this devastating disease.

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  • 08 February 2012

    The Danish Presidency’s health priorities

    On 6 January 2012, Denmark began its Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first half of 2012. It is the seventh time Denmark holds the EU Presidency since joining the European Community in 1973 and Denmark has assumed the Presidency at a time when the EU is facing its perhaps greatest challenges ever.

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  • 26 January 2012

    Reducing the burden of diabetes in Europe: London School of Economics and Policy Recommendations

    On 25 January, Health First Europe attended the launch of the London School of Economic Policy Recommendations for Reducing the Burden of Diabetes in Europe.  The event was hosted by MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark) along with the Parliament Magazine and Novo Nordisk and aimed to highlight the significant burden diabetes places on patients, carers and health systems throughout Europe in order to initiate concrete coordination and support amongst Member States to tackle diabetes.

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  • 30 November 2011

    Health First Europe attends Health Technology Assessment: improving patient care and value for money?

    On 29 November, Health First Europe attended the lunch debate on "Health Technology Assessment: improving patient care and value for money?" at the Residence Palace in Brussels. The event was organised by European Voice and supported by companies such as Eucomed and Novartis. The debate aimed to understand how and why Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes and governance has to be improved through increased stakeholder cooperation and involvement in the process itself.

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  • 29 November 2011

    Innovation Day 2011: Health First Europe receives support from policymakers to research drivers of innovation

    29 November 2011 – 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.

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  • 25 November 2011

    Health First Europe attends the European Health Literacy Conference

    On 22 and 23 November, Health First Europe attended the European Health Literacy Conference organised by Maastricht University at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Under the European Health Literacy Project 2009-2012, this event presented the first European Health Literacy Survey describing the state of play of health literacy across Europe. The survey highlights the problems and vulnerable groups in health literacy, gaps between Member States and finally the potential solutions and policy recommendations to improve health literacy.

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  • 09 November 2011

    Patient Safety and biological medicines: what matters?

    On 8 November, Health First Europe attended the lunch debate in the European Parliament entitled "Patient Safety and biological medicines: what matters?" The event was organised by the Parliament Magazine and Novo Nordisk, in association with EuropaBio, and discussed the role of the bio-pharmaceutical industry in the patient safety debate.

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  • 24 October 2011

    MEP Vittorio Prodi becomes a Supporter of HFE

    HFE is very pleased to announce MEP Vittorio Prodi (S&D, Italy) as a new supporter. MEP Prodi is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament for North-East with the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

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  • 20 October 2011

    Health First Europe attends EDMA IVD Forum 2011

    On 19 October 2011, Health First Europe attended the annual European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA) In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Forum which brought together academics, health experts, policymakers and industry to discuss issues such as Health Technology Assessment and the Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.  The Forum looked to discuss in detail the current contribution of the IVD industry to the health sector and the potential for the industry to further engage on European issues impacting health.

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  • 20 October 2011

    Health First Europe attends the Annual Fit for Work Europe Conference

    Health First Europe attended the 3rd Annual Fit for Work Europe Conference, held on 18 October in a two-session event. The first session, at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, focused on the importance of making musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) a public health and work priority at EU and at national level by proposing concrete, practical steps and solutions for patients to return back to work as soon as possible. Afterwards, the second session at the European Parliament was opened by the Ambassador of Fit for Work Global, Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland (1990-1995), chaired by MEP Antonyia Parvanova (Bulgaria, ALDE) and co-hosted by MEP Edite Estrela (Portugal, S&D), Stephen Hughes (UK, S&D) and Jean Lambert (UK, Greens) also contributed to the political debates addressing MSDs and work capacity in EU health and employment policies.

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  • 20 October 2011

    Health First Europe welcomes MEP Karin Kadenbach as a new Supporter

    Health First Europe is very happy to welcome MEP Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria) as a new MEP Supporter.  MEP Kadenbach is a Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee in addition to being a Member of the Delegation for relations with countries of South Asia.

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  • 14 October 2011

    Health First Europe attends the Eucomed MedTech Forum 2011

    From 12-14 October, Health First Europe attended the Eucomed MedTech Forum 2011 which focused on "Driving Innovation in European Healthcare." The event brought together leaders from the medical technology industry in addition to high level participants from the European Commission, Member States and patient groups, to discuss how the industry can contribute to tackling the challenges faced by an ageing population, a shortage of healthcare professionals and the increasing constraints on healthcare budgets.

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  • 12 October 2011

    Health First Europe attends EP Interest Group on Carers

    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. Chaired by MEP Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and with the participation of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner of the Digital Agenda, this interest group debated their particular interest regarding challenges and responsibilities in the ongoing Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, as well as to explain why their role in this area is crucial.

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  • 04 October 2011

    HFE welcomes MEP Linda McAvan (S&D, UK) as a Supporter

    MEP Linda McAvan has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1998 and has served as Vice President of the European Parliament's Socialist Group (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) since June 2007. She is the Vice-Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and currently sits on the Temporary Committee on Climate Change.

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  • 22 September 2011

    Health First Europe attends EFAPH lunch debate on haemochromotosis

    On 20 September, Health First Europe attended a debate in the European Parliament on the issue of haemochromotosis – a genetic disease causing an overload of iron in the blood.  HFE member organisation, The European Federation of Associations of Patients with Haemochromotosis (EFAPH), organised the event in order to raise awareness about this rare disease and inform policymakers of what steps can be taken to inform and protect citizens from this often unknown and overlooked genetic disease. 

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  • 07 September 2011

    MEP Christofer Fjellner and Health First Europe launch Task Force on Patient Safety

    7 September 2011 – Health First Europe together with Task Force Patron MEP Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden), today launched the Task Force on Patient Safety to demand more stringent recommendations for Member States with regards to the safety of patients. As part of the review of the Council Recommendations on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections, the Task Force will utilise its broad participation of members – in particular patients, healthcare professionals, hospitals and industry - to formulate further recommendations for Member States following on the European Commission's review.

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  • European Citizen Award 2011 - goes to Maltese citizen Chris Delicata from the International Diabetes Federation Europe

    02 August 2011

    European Citizen Award 2011 - goes to Maltese citizen Chris Delicata from the International Diabetes Federation Europe

    This year the European Citizens prize is awarded to Chris Delicata, President and Regional Chair of the InternationDiabetes Federation Europe Region (IDF Europe) for his outstanding contribution to the fight against diabetes.  The award ceremony took place at Europe House in Valletta on Wednesday, presided over by Maltese Member of the European Parliament, Simon Busuttil. The event was attended, amongst others, by Dr. Joe Cassar, Minister of Health, Elderly and Community Care in Malta, Maltese Members of Parliament, and Government Officials.

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  • 19 July 2011

    Health First Europe welcomes the European Confederation of Care Home Organisations (E.C.H.O.) as a new member

    Health First Europe is pleased to welcome the European Confederation of Care Home Organisations (ECHO) to the organisation.

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  • Honorary President of Health First Europe, John Bowis, highlights effective solutions to prevent healthcare associated infections – They're out there!

    11 July 2011

    Honorary President of Health First Europe, John Bowis, highlights effective solutions to prevent healthcare associated infections – They're out there!

    Though we live in countries with well-funded and advanced healthcare settings, we all know that receiving medical treatment inevitably carries risk with it. However, less is known about the procedures in place to minimise the risk of adverse events. Should I be scared to enter a healthcare setting? How do I know if the hospital where I am treated has a procedure in place to minimise risk so that it is not complicated by an infection?

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  • 29 June 2011

    HFE welcomes MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, Portugal) as a Supporter

    Edite Estrela is a S&D MEP for Portugal who serves on the European Parliament's Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) as well as on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI).

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  • 28 June 2011

    Polish Presidency priorities for health

    On 1 July 2011, Poland will assume the European Council Presidency of the EU with the aim of fostering faster economic growth in the EU and strengthening the European political community. To achieve these objectives, the Polish Presidency will focus on three fundamental priorities: European integration as the source of growth, Secure Europe and Europe benefiting from openness.

     

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  • 24 June 2011

    Health First Europe attends EP Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Meeting

    Health First Europe attended the 6th meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) which was held on 22 June at the Parliament. This EP Interest Group, in line with the 7th Flagship of 2020 Strategy ‘Innovation Union’ and the Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, aims to shape the European Parliament input for future legislation on RMDs, to support continuous awareness-raising in society and to bring the EU closer to citizens and patients. The Chair of the Interest Group, Edite Estrela (S&D, Portugal) and the Vice-Chair, Jim Higgins (EPP, Ireland), brought together representatives from the European Commission, experts, academics and associations to discuss  how concretely RMDs can contribute to Active and Health Ageing targets.

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  • 22 June 2011

    Health First Europe attends a Seminar at the European Parliament on: “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery”

    On 21 June, a seminar brought together companies, non-governmental organizations and policy makers to discuss ways in which to create wealth and value among people living at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) in emerging countries and the possible investment of the private sector in Research and Innovation in an inclusive and sustainable way. Participants discussed the fact that there are 4 billion people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BoP) in developing countries. These people represent a €3.7 trillion global consumer market and are increasingly being seen as the customers of the future. They thus represent new markets and a growing innovation capacity in the healthcare, food and housing sectors.

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  • 17 June 2011

    Health First Europe attends European Connected Health Week 2011

    The European Connected Health (ECH) Campus together with the European MHealth Alliance (EuMHA) organised ECHWeek2011 to discuss the evolving landscape of mobile health (or mHealth) technologies and the role of, and future possibilities for, this segment of eHealth innovations. 

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  • 16 June 2011

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

    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. The event focused on the upcoming year for Active Ageing (2012) and the role of the Innovation Partnership in ensuring that people not only live longer, but that by 2020 people can expect to have two more active and healthy years.

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  • 07 June 2011

    Health First Europe attends CHES Policy Dialogue on Health Council Briefing and the next steps towards active healthy ageing

    HFE attended the European Policy Centre’s CHES Policy Dialogue on 7 June 2011 which brought together representatives from the Hungarian and Polish Presidencies to discuss health, employment and social policy issues related to active and health ageing.

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  • 17 May 2011

    MEP Anna Rosbach becomes a Supporter of HFE

    HFE is pleased to announce MEP Anna Rosbach (ECR, Denmark) as a new Supporter. MEP Rosbach is a Member of the European Parliament and is an independent Member of the European Conservatives and Reformists party.

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  • 05 May 2011

    Health First Europe warmly welcomes MEP Mary Honeyball as a new Supporter

    HFE is pleased to welcome MEP Mary Honeyball (S&D, UK) as a new Supporter. MEP Honeyball has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2000 and is  a member of the Committee on Culture and Education and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

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  • 22 April 2011

    Health First Europe welcomes MEP Dr. Kay Swinburne as a new Supporter

    MEP Kay Swinburne is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformist Party in the European Parliament and she has been representing Wales since she was elected in June 2009. She sits on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. 

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  • 15 April 2011

    HFE is pleased to announce Sean Kelly as a new MEP Supporter

    MEP Sean Kelly is a Member of the European Parliament and sits on the Committee on Regional Development. He is also a member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States. He is a substitute on the Committee on Culture and Education and for Delegation for Relations with Canada.

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  • 15 April 2011

    Health First Europe attends the 7th Annual World Health Care Congress

    On 13 and 14 April, the World Health Care Congress took place in Brussels, Belgium under the theme of “Managing Budgetary Constraints While Maintaining the Quality of Care.” 

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  • 13 April 2011

    7th Annual World Health Care Congress-Europe

    On the 13th and 14th of April 2011, the 7th Annual World Health Care Congress-Europe will take place in Brussels featuring officials from the health industry and decision makers from [...]

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  • 13 April 2011

    HFE welcomes MEP Mairead McGuinness (EPP, Ireland) as a Supporter

    Mairead McGuinness is a Fine Gael MEP for Ireland East who serves on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee as well as on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI).

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  • 13 April 2011

    HFE welcomes new MEP Supporter Jim Higgins (EPP, Ireland)

    MEP Jim Higgins is a member of the Fine Gael Party in Ireland and the European People’s Party in the EU. His work in the Parliament focuses on reaching out [...]

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  • 13 April 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 31 March 2011

    Conference Innovation in Healthcare: from Research to Market

    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 [...]

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  • 28 March 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 23 March 2011

    HFE attends E-Health: A New Holistic Healthcare Plan for Europe

    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 which brought together various health [...]

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  • 17 March 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 17 March 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 28 February 2011

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

    The ICT Policy Support Programme (PSP) is an aspect of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) which is used as an instrument of the European Commission to support ICT [...]

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  • 28 February 2011

    Health First Europe attends 4th Annual Symposium on "Rare Diseases Day"

    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 [...]

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  • 10 February 2011

    "E-Quality in E-Health" After event material

    Thanking MEP Grossetête (EPP, France) and MEP Cabrnoch (ECR, Czech Republic) for their sponsorship of the event, 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. The Member States particularly, need to undertake more concrete actions in the area of e-Health by putting it further up on their national agendas. He declared that “You cannot have a healthy economy – a competitive economy – without healthy people.”

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  • 31 January 2011

    HFE attends the 3rd Innovation Day Conference organised by European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)

    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 [...]

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  • 25 January 2011

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

    Yesterday, Monday 24 January, 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 [...]

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  • 25 January 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 24 January 2011

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

    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 [...]

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  • 19 January 2011

    Health Priorities under the Hungarian Presidency

    The Hungarian Presidency took over the rotating presidency of the European Union from Belgium on 1 January this year. In terms of health priorities, the Hungarian Presidency’s overarching theme will [...]

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  • 29 November 2010

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

    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 multistakeholder meeting that aimed at [...]

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  • 26 October 2010

    Health First Europe welcomes Jill Evans as new MEP supporter

    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 [...]

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  • 19 October 2010

    Miroslav Ouzký joins HFE as new MEP supporter

    HFE is pleased to announce that Miroslav Ouzký, a Czech MEP, joined HFE list of MEP supporters in October this year. He sits in the committee for Environment, Public Health [...]

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  • 28 July 2010

    HFE welcomes political agreement on cross-border directive

    John Bowis welcomes political agreement on cross-border directive Health First Europe's Honorary President and former MEP rapporteur of the draft directive on patient's rights in cross-border healthcare, John Bowis, welcomed the [...]

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  • 31 March 2010

    Health First Europe welcomes two new appointments within the European Commission

    Health First Europe welcomes the two new appointments within the European Commission. Paola Testori-Coggi, the former deputy head of DG Sanco, has been appointed Director General. She will replace Robert Madelin [...]

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  • 30 March 2010

    Health First Europe reception at the European Parliament: “EU legislation to reduce injuries for healthcare workers”

    On 23 March 2010, Health First Europe (HFE) celebrated the adoption by the EPSCO Council of the Directive implementing the Framework Agreement on the prevention from sharp injuries in the [...]

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  • 08 March 2010

    Health First Europe welcomes Directive on prevention from sharp injuries

    Brussels, 8 March 2010 - Health First Europe (HFE) welcomes the adoption, at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), of the Council Directive implementing the Framework [...]

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  • 18 January 2010

    Information to patients and for consumers will be Health Commissioner Priorities

    The European Commissioner designate for Health and Consumer Policy, the Maltese John Dalli faced a public hearing on Thursday 14th January by the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food [...]

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  • 22 October 2009

    HFE Survey 2009

    HFE has launched a feedback survey on the 30 September European Parliament Training Event. This survey aims to collect information and peer evaluations on HFE work as well as sugestions [...]

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  • 07 January 2009

    HFE to raise awareness on quality and safety at an exhibition in the European Parliament

    Throughout the week of 5-9 January 2009, Health First Europe (HFE) is holding an exhibition in the European Parliament, in Brussels, under the patronage of MEP Elizabeth Lynne, with the [...]

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  • 28 November 2008

    Health First Europe hosts special event for Mel Read's final farewell

    On 26 November, Health First Europe (HFE) hosted a special farewell dinner to celebrate Mel Read’s glittering reign as HFE’s first Honorary President. The members of the HFE Executive and Advisory [...]

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  • 08 October 2008

    Health First Europe - New Horizons Congress

    Health First Europe is pleased to announce its Congress which will be held on Wednesday, 12th November 2008 in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Click here to view the [...]

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  • 22 July 2008

    Frieda Brepoels MEP brings her support to HFE

    Health First Europe is very pleased to welcome Frieda Brepoels MEP (Belgium, EPP-ED) as a new HFE MEP supporter. Frieda Brepoels is a member of the European Parliament's Committee for [...]

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  • 02 July 2008

    David Byrne, Patron of Health First Europe, welcomes adoption of cross-border healthcare directive

    David Byrne, the Patron of Health First Europe and former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, welcomes the adoption of the proposal for directive on patients' rights in cross-border [...]

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  • 26 June 2008

    HFE MEP supporter Liz Lynne calls for better protection from needlestick injuries and healthcare-associated infections

    On 25 June, the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs called for better protection of healthcare workers against needlestick and medical sharp injuries as well as better protection [...]

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  • 16 June 2008

    Social Affairs Council of the European Union adopts conclusions on antimicrobial resistance

    At its meeting on 9 and 10 June the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of the European Union (EPSCO) adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance. The Council shows [...]

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  • 29 May 2008

    On 12 November 2008, Health First Europe will hold its New Horizons Congress: Tackling the healthcare challenges of today for a healthier tomorrow

    Health First Europe is glad to announce the date of its Health First Europe New Horizons Congress: Tackling the healthcare challenges of today for a healthier tomorrow. It will be held [...]

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  • 21 May 2008

    HFE responds to the European Commission's Consultation on Patient Safety

    On 20 May 2007, Health First Europe replied to the European Commission's Consultation on Patient Safety. HFE welcomes the European Commission's goal of increasing patient safety in the EU by consulting [...]

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  • 01 May 2008

    The European Commission publishes study on long-term care

    On 28 April, the European Commission published a study on long term care in the European Union. The study analyses the curent situation of long term care in the EU [...]

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  • 07 March 2008

    MEP Georgs Andrejevs brings his support to Health First Europe

    HFE is pleased to announce that MEP Georgs Andrejevs (ALDE, Latvia) has decided to become a supporter of Health First Europe. Andrejevs is a Member of the Bureau of the [...]

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  • 20 February 2008

    EHTEL Briefing Paper "Sustainable Telemedicine: paradigms for future-proof healthcare"

    The European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) has published a briefing paper on "Sustainable Telemedicine: paradigms for future-proof healthcare". To read the complete paper, please click here.

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  • 28 November 2007

    MEPs Lidia Joanna Geringer De Oedenberg, Iles Braghetto and Holger Krahmer bring their support to Health First Europe

    HFE is pleased to announce that further to HFE’s event in the European Parliament on Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) on 17 October, the following MEPs have decided to become HFE [...]

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  • 20 January 2006

    HFE response to the European Commission's consultation on healthcare-associated infections

    On 20 January 2006, Health First Europe submitted its response to the European Commission's consultation on healthcare related infections (HCAI). HFE highlighted the need for: Co-ordination and exchange of best [...]

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  • 05 November 2005

    David Byrne has become a Patron of Health First Europe

    Former Commissioner Byrne's statement to HFE's members: I am pleased and honoured to become a Patron of Health First Europe. The formation of this new health organisation, Health First Europe, with [...]

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  • 14 September 2005

    HFE Statement on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

    HFE welcomed the Commission’s points to: Increase co-operation between Member States to promote research excellence Augment investment in the EU budget allocated to health Use of open method of co-ordination as a mean [...]

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  • 24 June 2005

    Health First Europe organises exhibition on the latest innovative medical technology in the European Parliament

    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 [...]

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  • 03 December 2004

    International Day of Disabled Persons - Health First Europe urges the EU to speed up integration for disabled people!

    For over a decade now, the 3rd of December, the “International Day of Disabled Persons” has served as a reminder of the challenges on the way towards full integration of [...]

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  • 01 December 2004

    World AIDS day – Europe’s healthcare workers at risk

    Today, on World AIDS day, Health First Europe (HFE) held a special event in the European Parliament to raise awareness amongst decision makers and the public about the risks of [...]

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  • 07 October 2004

    Health First Europe warns of the impact of depression on Europe’s ability to attain the Lisbon goals - 1st European Day of Depression signals depression crisis in Europe

    Health First Europe, an alliance of patient groups, healthcare wofrkers, academics, experts and the medical technology industry, urges governments to put more emphasis on fighting depression. Commenting at the occasion [...]

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  • 15 September 2004

    On the eve of the HIV/AIDS conference in Vilnius - Health First Europe demands more action from the EU to protect healthcare workers from sharps’ injuries!

    It is estimated that 1 million needlestick injuries are suffered by healthcare workers across the European Union each year. More than 20 dangerous blood-borne pathogens are transmitted by contaminated needles [...]

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  • 15 September 2004

    Health First Europe calls for improved strategy to combat heart disease

    Over 5 million people across Europe will suffer from cardiovascular disease this year and the ability for patients to gain access to the best of treatments remains mixed across the [...]

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  • 30 June 2004

    Europeans demand healthcare reform! Health coalition calls for Presidency action

    Brussels 30 June 2004 – 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 [...]

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  • 02 June 2004

    Health Council Conclusions on Patient Mobility - EU focus on patient mobility comes too late for many

    Brussels 02 June 2004 – On 10th December 1996, Mr. Peerbooms, a Dutch national, fell into a coma as a result of a road traffic accident. The coma left Mr. [...]

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  • 17 March 2004

    New European alliance launches campaign: EU debate on healthcare must focus on patient needs!

    Brussels, 17 March 2004, The creation of a new alliance - Health First Europe – was announced today by organisations representing patients, healthcare workers, academics, experts and the medical technology [...]

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