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HFE Past Events

Health First Europe is a platform for raising awareness on key issues in the health domain at the European level. Since its inception in 2004, HFE has organised numerous events with the assistance of our MEP Supporters to encourage policymakers in all institutions to develop patient-centred policy.

  • Innovation in diagnostics for fighting AMR

    31 May 2017

     

    Please rsvp to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 21 May.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Innovative Health Systems Reform: Tackling antimicrobial resistance and HAIs to improve patient safety

    17 November 2016

     

    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. In conjunction with the World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016, the EP Interest group is delighted to invite you to join a roundtable discussion on innovative solutions to prevent, screen and tackle AMR and Healthcare-associated Infections in order to improve patient safety.

     

    Keynote speakers:

     

    • Andrea Ammon, Director of the ECDC
    • Prof. David Leaper, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    • Line Matthiessen, Head of Unit for fighting infectious diseases and advancing public health, DG RTD.

     

    Please rsvp to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 14th November.

    Organized by Health First Europe

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

    1 June 2016

    Innovation is a key instrument for EU Member States to achieve sustainable and efficient healthcare solutions. The EP Interest Group will focus on refining five policy recommendations to support the European and national policy makers to translate the value of innovation into healthcare systems.

     

    Keynote speakers:

    • John Bowis, Health First Europe Honorary President
    • Sylvain Giraud, Head of Unit - Performance of national health systems, DG-SANTE
    • Prof. Walter Riccardi, Member of Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health

     

    Please rsvp to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 24 May.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Prevention, and not just treatment

    17 November 2015

    25,000 patients die annually in the EU as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria. The European Parliament, the World Health Organization and the European Commission have all recognised that antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health threat.  As the Commission begins its evaluation of the Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, and in the context of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, this roundtable event will bring key stakeholders together to discuss:

     

    • What is the current situation of AMR in Europe and beyond?
    • How can the implementation of best practice examples in Europe be achieved?
    • What is missing in the current approaches and how can stakeholders work together to better combat AMR?

    Keynote speakers:

     

    • Renate Sommer (EPP, DE)
    • Amanda Massey, Executive Director, Health First Europe
    • Dominique Monnet, Head of Programme Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
    • Herman Goossens, Professor of Microbiology, University of Antwerp
    • Stéphane Vandam, Public Health Officer, World Health Organization

    Please rsvp to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 16 November.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Meeting of European Parliamentary Interest Group

    10 November 2015

    There are many innovations that already exist which can support improved effectiveness and patient outcomes.  Why are such innovations not adopted by healthcare systems? How can the added value of an organisational, service, or product innovation be recognised by a system so that payers understand the long-term savings and benefits of investing now?

     

    Keynote speakers:

     

    • John Bowis, Health First Europe Honorary President
    • Christoph Schwierz, Policy Analyst and Economist, DG ECFIN
    • Paul Thewissen, Coordinating Policy Advisor, Health insurance Directorate, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, the Netherlands

    Please rsvp to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 5 November.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Making Patient-Centered Community Care a Reality

    3 June 2015

    Organized by Health First Europe in collaboration with the Latvian Presidency of the European Union

  • 1st Meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care

    5 May 2015

     

    Join us for our 1st Meeting of the EP Interest Group on Innovation in Health and Social Care on 5 May from 8.00 - 9.30 in the European Parliament Members' Salon.


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

     

    Keynote speakers:


    Dirk Van den Steen, Team Leader, Health Systems Unit, DG Santé


    Christopher Schweirz, Policy Analyst, Economist, Sustainability of Public Finances Unit, DG ECFIN


    Please RSVP to info@healthfirsteurope.org by 28 April

    Note: Limited spaces available

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Health First Europe 10th Anniversary Reception, European Parliament

    12 November 2014

    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.

    Read more here.

    To view photos of the event, click here

     

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Health First Europe – 10th Annual General Assembly

    28 May 2014

    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 Parliamentary term and share ideas on the future of public health in the European Union.

    Read more here.

    To view photos of the event, click here.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • 'The State of Health in Europe'

    15 May 2013

    As part of its 2013 Annual General Meeting, on 15 May Health First Europe brought together leaders in European health policy to discuss the current state of health in Europe.  With the support of MEPs Marina Yannakoudakis (ECR, UK), Rebecca Taylor, (ALDE, UK) and Sean Kelly (EPP, Ireland), the event included a variety of health stakeholders to discuss current issues for patients including patient safety, the medical devices directive, and innovation in healthcare.

    Read more here.

    To view photos of the event, click here.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Advancing patient safety in the EU: Reducing healthcare associated infections

    27 November 2012

    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.

    To read about the outcomes of the event, click here.

    To see photos from the event, click here.

     

     

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Open Forum Debate: Health First Europe’s Road Map for the future of patient safety in Europe

    24 April 2012


    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.

    Read more here.

    To view photos of the event, click here.

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • Health First Europe Innovation Day 2011

    29 November 2011

    Innovation Day was held in the European Parliament on 29 November with delegations of HFE members as a series of meetings with Members of the European Parliament on innovation policy in the EU. The discussions occurred with policymakers alongside the ongoing Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the upcoming proposals for a Common Strategic Framework for Future EU Research and Innovation Funding and the Health for Growth Programme 2014-2020.  On this occasion, Health First Europe will also release its publication "Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Health: Examining the Drivers of Innovation."

    Organized by Health First Europe

  • "E-Quality in E-Health” publication launch

    8 February 2011

    Health First Europe launched its’ “E-Quality in E-Health” publication in the European Parliament under the sponsorship of MEP Dr. Milan Cabrnoch (ECR, Czech Republic) and MEP Francoise Grossetete (EPP, France). The publication aimed to facilitate discussion about how to increase the uptake of e-Health technologies and provided recommendations as to how to promote the awareness and use of innovation in health.

    See the photos of the E-Quality in E-Health event here
    Read the E-Quality in E-Health publication

    Organized by HFE

  • Chronic Disease Management: Aim for an Innovative Policy “Cure”

    30 November 2010

    Health First Europe’s Conference on Chronic Diseases was organised jointly with the Belgian Presidency of the European Union and was sponsored by European Parliament Members Kathleen Van Brempt (Belgium, S&D) and Miroslav Mikolasik (Slovakia, EPP). The conference focused on the barriers and opportunities for the healthcare industry in terms of chronic disease management and emphasised the need for investment in innovative healthcare solutions.

    See the photos of the Chronic Disease Management Conference here

    Organized by HFE

  • EU legislation to reduce injuries for healthcare workers

    23 March 2010

    Health First Europe’s reception in the European Parliament celebrated the adoption of the Directive implementing the Framework Agreement on the prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector.  With the support of MEP Liz Lynne (ALDE, UK), the event highlighted the work achieved by Health First Europe in its quest to introduce pan-European binding measures for the protection of both healthcare workers and patients from needlestick and other medical sharps injuries.

    See the photos of the Protection of Healtchare Workers event here

    Organized by HFE

  • From Nice to Lisbon: an important step forward for EU Health?

    17 November 2009

    Health First Europe’s roundtable discussion was sponsored by MEP Nessa Childers, (S&D, Ireland) and MEP António Correia de Campos, (S&D, Portugal) and celebrated the 5th year anniversary of HFE while simultaneously initiating discussion regarding the future of EU Health policy within the framework of the new Lisbon Treaty which assigned additional powers to the European Parliament.

    See the photos for the From Nice to Lisbon rountable discussion here

    Organized by HFE

  • Training event on EU Health Policy

    30 September 2009

    Health First Europe organised a training event at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Marian Harkin (ALDE, Ireland) and supported by MEP Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE, Bulgaria) to continue its contribution to the political debate on health in the EU. As its first event following the European elections in June 2009, HFE utilised this event to further contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on the current and future state of health policies in the European Union.

    See the photos for the Training event on EU Health Policy here

    Organized by HFE

  • Next Steps on Patient Safety in the EU: Eradicating Health Care Associated Infections in the 21st Century

    9 March 2009

    Health First Europe’s roundtable in the European Parliament was co-hosted by MEPs Liz Lynne (ALDE, UK) and Amalia Sartori (EPP, Italy) and focused on the significant burden of Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) on Europe’s healthcare systems.  The event highlighted how European healthcare systems are in crisis, requiring urgent and concrete EU action.

    See the photos for the Patient Safety in the EU event here

    Organized by HFE

  • Health First Europe Exhibition on the future of Health

    9 January 2009

    Under the patronage of MEP Elizabeth Lynne, Health First Europe displayed an exhibition in the European Parliament with the aim of rising awareness on the future of health in Europe. The topic of the exhibition was the general weaknesses in European healthcare systems which need to be rethought in order to meet current and future health challenges.

    See the photos for the Exhibition on the future of Health here

    Organized by HFE

  • World Health Congress

    12 November 2008

    The World Health Congress brought together more than 100 health stakeholders to revitalize discussion on health issues with particular attention given to the patient perspective on the future of healthcare, innovation in healthcare and the migration of healthcare professionals. European Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou spoke at the high level conference along with speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the World Health Organisation.

    Read more about the World Health Congress here.

    See photos of the World Health Congress here

    Organized by World Health Congress

  • HCAI Awareness Day

    23 October 2007

    MEPs and Health First Europe hosted an event in the European Parliament which highlighted the need for immediate and decisive EU action to help reduce the 50,000 fatalities caused by healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in Europe each year.

    Organized by Health First Europe

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