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2017 has started on a high for EuropaColon with a very generous offer of PR support for the next three years from the Editor and owner of the eureporter – Mr Colin Stevens. His offer to support the work of EuropaColon and to help us raise the profile of digestive cancers is a most welcome contribution to our work. We are most grateful that eureporter have chosen EuropaColon for this partnership.

In a press release announcing this important collaboration, the eureporter said: “We hope to push the work of EuropaColon up the European political agenda so that it can gain the required political support.” They also stressed that health is a personal responsibility and making individuals aware was an important task for us all.

For our part EuropaColon is delighted to work with the eureporter and look forward to a dynamic three years. We believe it offers us a unique opportunity to inform all stakeholders of the importance of digestive cancers.

Commenting on this donation Jola Gore Booth Founder and CEO of EuropaColon emphasised that for change to happen political will is needed!

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Relocating the European Medicines Agency (EMA)

One of the most interesting and hotly debated topics regarding Brexit is the relocation of the EMA. Home to the approval and regulation of all medicines and devices in the EU, this has been a source of considerable income and employment for the UK since it was located in London in 1995.

Many EU countries are lobbying hard to host this Agency, recognising the influence this, potentially one of the most important EU Agencies, brings the host country. Affecting not only human health but also animal health, the Agency is urged deliver a smooth transition from one location to the next so as not to affect the approval and regulation of medicines and devices during this time.

EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi has recently said the moves offers the Agency the opportunity to streamline their practices and this could have a bearing on the processes and approval of medicines in the EU.

Watch this space for more news as the saga unfolds.

Digital health – e-health

E-Health is a relatively new term that is used to describe healthcare practises supported by electronic process and or communication. It covers a wide range of options including electronic devices used in clinical practise but also includes the internet. Therefore it has relevance to patients and healthcare professionals and everything/one in between. There is a lot more discussion at- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EHealth

It is perceived that good quality health care will increasingly depend on greater use of information and communication technology for the health and wellbeing of citizens in the EU. For this reason it is one of the pillars of the works of DG SANTE. The first EU eHealth Action Plan 2004-2011 covered electronic prescriptions and health cards to new information systems that reduce waiting times and errors, in order to facilitate a more harmonious and complementary European approach to eHealth.

The second eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 operates in the context of Article 14 of Directive 2011/24 on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. It focuses on the following:

During a meeting recently as part of the Malta Presidency, Commissioner Andriukaitis announced that the Commission plans to publish a Communication on digital health by the end of the year, as part of the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy. This further increases the attention which digital health is getting at the moment, particularly as it will be published during the Estonian Presidency, set to focus on digital issues and ehealth.

The Communication will notably aim to deliver on actions around three themes:

  • Giving effect to the right of every citizen to access and share securely their personal health data;
  • Supporting the development of a secure data infrastructure for the pooling of health data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care – this will notably be enacted through a strategy for the potential research use of patient data gathered by the European Reference Networks;
  • Facilitating feedback and interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

The importance or dependence of health systems on modern technology was highlighted in May when a cyber attack affected 200,000 computer systems worldwide, but mainly in Russia and the UK. In England this resulted in closed units, patients diverted to unaffected hospitals and cancelled operations and procedures leading to considerable confusion and difficulties for patients and families.

Health Technology Assessments

HTAs were recently the subject of an EU Commission public consultation and received favourable results, with 87% of citizens and stakeholders supporting EU cooperation beyond 2020.

The Commission received some 250 replies to the consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), 25% of which were from citizens and 75% from stakeholders. Almost all respondents (98%) acknowledge the usefulness of HTA, 81% consider the current EU cooperation on HTA to be useful to some degree, and 87% consider that EU cooperation on HTA should continue beyond 2020. Of those who support sustainable EU cooperation on HTA, 80% think the scope should include pharmaceuticals and 72% consider that medical technologies should also be covered.

Commenting on these results, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said "I am pleased, but not surprised at the overwhelming support for sustainable cooperation on HTA at EU-level. Such cooperation will bring real added value to all countries, through the pooling of resources, exchange of expertise, and the avoidance of duplication. I am keen to finalise a proposal on what form this cooperation will take before the end of the year." 

The results of the public consultation and views expressed by stakeholders in other forums will be summarised in the Synopsis Report which will form part of the Impact Assessment on strengthening EU cooperation on HTA beyond 2020. Read the full report

Good health of all citizens is essential for the economy:

Health ministers from the world’s largest economies yesterday issued a declaration pledging to tackle issues such as epidemic response, antimicrobial resistance and support for health systems.

 “Health is one of the most valuable resources for building a sustainable future,” the ministers noted. They made special reference to the importance of strong and resilient health systems, calling them the “the basis for a prosperous and stable society.”

Sometimes the importance of a healthy work population seems to be forgotten as Health Ministries impose cuts to budgets and impose restrictions on medicines and health care.

8th May 2017

PRESS RELEASE - What next for health? Click here to read.

 

 

EuropaColon Launches European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

European Parliment - March 2017

European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month hosted by Dr Alfred Sant MEP Malta was launched in European Parliment on 1st March. The audience comprised MEPs, health care professionals, patient advocates and pharmacetical companies.

Click here view agenda.

Presentations were made by: Professors Eric Van Cutsem and Stephen Halloran, Dr Santiago Gonzalez Moreno, Professor Peter Nardei and Mr Geoffrey Henning (highlights of their message were captured on video and can be accessed by clicking on their names).

 


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