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European Parliamentary Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social care

Mission: The primary aim of the Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care is to improve patient access to innovation in health and social care by influencing EU policy.   The group is Co-Chaired by Members of the European Parliament:

Additional Members to the Group currently include: Christofer Fjellner (EPP, SE) and Miroslav Mikolasik (EPP, Slovakia). Membership is open to Members of the European Parliament, EU policymakers and stakeholders with experience in innovation in health and social care.

The Group is supported in all its activities by Health First Europe, a pan-European alliance of more than 20 European groups of patients, healthcare professionals, academics, hospitals and industry.

The working group’s principal objectives include:

  • Ensure public health is a European Parliament priority
  • Ensure innovation is prioritised on the EU health and social care agenda
  • Raise awareness of patient-centric solutions for sustainable, accessible and resilient health systems
  • Stress the need for urgent actions
  • Foster concrete actions for change
  • Seek broad support from MEPs for implementing innovative solutions for patients and healthcare professionals
  • Maintain regular contact with MEPs and provide them with up-to-date and accurate information on innovation in health and social care

Policy Objectives: Key policy objectives of the Innovation in Health and Social Care Interest Group include:

  1. 1. Research: Encourage EU research activities to include formal study on how to value innovation for patients by looking at patient needs and demands

Encourage the European Commission and the European Parliament (STOA) to better explore how to value health for Member State governments in order to make smart investments in health systems for the benefit of patients and society.

  1. 2. Health promotion: Prioritise the implementation of innovations that support health promotion for citizens, including initiatives that encourage health literacy, prevention, early diagnosis and personalised screening and treatment to support well-being.

Seek promotion of innovations in health and social care that promote and health and well-being for citizens, particularly through a Joint Action or Expert working group dedicated to health promotion.

  1. 3. Public Health: Gain recognition of community care as an EU public health priority and support cross-sectoral policies/initiatives that promote patient-centric care, innovation and value, access and reimbursement, care and treatment, and quality care and standards in community settings.

Drive the European Commission to develop a unique policy on community care which would support the sharing of best practices across Member States for providing care to patients outside of acute settings.

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