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  • Resisting unnecessary use of antibiotics

    04 November 2015

    Resisting unnecessary use of antibiotics

    Anti-microbial resistance is a global health threat to health care systems’ ability to cope with infections effectively. A global report published by the WHO in 2014, revealed to the world [...]

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  • The safety of patients is at risk

    18 June 2015

    The safety of patients is at risk

    After two years of debate, the Council is close to finalizing its' position on the medical devices directive.  The MDD, as it's known to most, was proposed in the aftermath of a scandal where patients were harmed due to fraud and lack of oversight in the approval of silicone breast implants (PIP).  At the time of its proposal, Health First Europe called for a balanced approach to the legislation in order to ensure protection from patients from undue harm, but without sacrificing the accessibility of patients to the innovative technologies they need and want.

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  • 15 June 2015

    Community Care – With patients, by patients & for patients by Bert Van Caelenberg, HFE Vice-President

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

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  • Enough patience for patients

    12 May 2015

    Enough patience for patients

    We all know that the European Union's current demographics are requiring a serious debate about the need to transform traditional healthcare systems. As patients, many of us have been calling for changes – eHealth implementation, access to care in the community, greater focus and accessibility to preventive services – but fundamental change of healthcare delivery lags behind our desires as consumers of health services.  How much more patient should we be as patients? When will the focus of health policy shift to towards the patient and away from acute-only treatment?

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  • 22 September 2014

    The EU role in making technology accessible for patients by John Bowis

    When you need medical treatment, do you ever wonder why some products and services are available and others aren't? Perhaps your friend in another country is able to get a treatment for a similar ailment that you can't?

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  • Delivering positive health outcomes for citizens in 2014

    17 January 2014

    Delivering positive health outcomes for citizens in 2014

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

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  • Patients must be beneficiaries of EU health technology assessments - Editorial by John Bowis, Honorary President

    16 October 2013

    Patients must be beneficiaries of EU health technology assessments - Editorial by John Bowis, Honorary President

    16 October 2013 - Access for patients to medical technologies is a key issue in Europe right now, particularly due to discussions on changing rules of approval for medical devices as well as the concluding discussions in the European Parliament regarding patient safety in healthcare settings.  Following a market authorisation (drugs) or a CE mark (medical devices and diagnostics), health technology assessments can provide fundamental information of the value of the new technology to support patient access to medical technologies. This process occurs at Member State level and guides decision-makers to choose which products and services to make available in health systems for patients.

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  • More needs to be done to protect patients…and we can help - Editorial by David Byrne, Patron

    11 March 2013

    More needs to be done to protect patients…and we can help - Editorial by David Byrne, Patron

    This past week, EU Health Ministers gathered for an informal meeting in Dublin to discuss a variety of health issues, one of which was patient safety.  In the context of discussions on the impact of the economic crisis on health systems across Europe, I commend the Irish Presidency for bringing patient safety onto the agenda because economic pressure in EU health systems will certainly impact on the safety of patients.  As Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner Tonio Borg stated after the meeting, “Healthcare associated infections are something that we can reverse.  70% of cases could have been prevented with the right measures and while there has been great progress in all Member States, there is still much to be done.”

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  • Improving the lives of patients in 2013 (By John Bowis, Honorary President of Health First Europe)

    15 January 2013

    Improving the lives of patients in 2013 (By John Bowis, Honorary President of Health First Europe)

    Health First Europe has always believed that by bringing together all health stakeholders, solutions for challenges in healthcare can be found that benefit all patients.  In 2012, we continued in our conviction that together we could better protect patients and improve access to treatment by working with the EU institutions and other EU health stakeholders. This past year, our work on patient safety and health technology assessment (HTA) produced concrete recommendations for policymakers on how the EU can support the improvement and delivery of care for patients.

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  • EFORT: Musculoskeletal health a key component of active ageing

    13 August 2012

    EFORT: Musculoskeletal health a key component of active ageing

    Often overlooked as an unavoidable part of ageing, musculoskeletal conditions are actually the leading cause of disability, work-loss and early retirement, and represent a staggering annual burden of about Euros 240 billion.  Affecting more than 20 million people in the EU, the conditions with the greatest impact on society are osteoarthritis, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and musculoskeletal trauma.

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  • The International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) sets up Non Communicable Diseases and Patient Safety as global health strategies

    01 August 2011

    The International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) sets up Non Communicable Diseases and Patient Safety as global health strategies

    In the run up to the United Nations (UN) “High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” also known as the UN Summit on NCDs the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) has been carrying out a number of activities to ensure that there is a strong patient voice in the development of strategies to fight NCDs.

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  • The contribution of HFE to policymaking in 2011 (by John Bowis)

    14 April 2011

    The contribution of HFE to policymaking in 2011 (by John Bowis)

    At Health First Europe, we believe that “Health equals wealth.” We believe that investment in the healthcare systems throughout Europe will contribute to a more efficient, effective and productive society. And we believe that citizens must have access to the innovations that are a result of that investment in health. That is why every year we devise a working programme which enlists us to undertake specific awareness raising campaigns and events which further these beliefs based on the agenda of EU policymakers. We use our working programme to make a real difference in the lives of patients – which in essence, is each and every one of us.

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