Digital well being care and future-proofing centre-stage at key #EAPM occasion


Just a reminder that registration is open for EAPM’s Annual Presidency Conference on 24 March in Brussels and you’ll be sure you be part of us by registering on the following hyperlink and seeing the programme right here, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Executive Director Denis Horgan.

The convention, beneath the auspices of the Croatia Presidency of the EU, may have as its over-arching objectives guaranteeing that innovation makes its approach into healthcare and future proofing Europe’s healthcare programs. Obviously, one of many comparatively current new instruments we’ve obtainable now could be digital well being care, and an emphasis can be positioned on this. Fortunately, the brand new Commission appears to have already grasped the importance of personalised drugs and healthcare now and going ahead, because it wrote in its European Strategy for Data White paper.

“Data will reshape the way in which we produce, devour and stay. Benefits can be felt in each single side of our lives, starting from extra acutely aware power consumption and product, materials and meals traceability, to more healthy lives and higher well being care.

“Personalised medicine will better respond to the patients’ needs by enabling doctors to take data-enabled decisions. This will make it possible to tailor the right therapeutic strategy to the needs of the right person at the right time, and/or to determine the predisposition to disease and/or to deliver timely and targeted prevention.”

It goes on to elucidate that it’s dedicated to develop sector-specific legislative or non-legislative measures for the European well being information house, complementing the horizontal framework of the widespread information house.  It will take measures to strengthen residents’ entry to well being information and portability of those information and  deal with limitations to cross-border provision of digital well being providers and merchandise. It will facilitate the institution, in accordance with Article 40 of the GDPR, of a Code of Conduct for processing of non-public information in well being sector.

These actions, it says, will construct upon an ongoing mapping of using private well being information in member states and the outcomes of the Joint Action within the context of the Health programme 2020-2023.


Heading into the near future, the Commission says it would deploy the information infrastructures, instruments and computing capability for the European well being information house, extra particularly assist the event of nationwide digital well being information (EHRs) and interoperability of well being information by the appliance of the Electronic Health Record Exchange Format.

It goals to scale up cross-border trade of well being information; hyperlink and use, by safe, federated repositories, particular sorts of well being info, comparable to EHRs, genomic info and digital well being photos, in compliance with the GDPR.  It will allow the trade of digital affected person summaries and ePrescriptions between 22 member states collaborating within the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure (eHDSI) by 2022; begin cross-border digital exchanges by eHDSI of medical photos, laboratory outcomes and discharge reviews and improve the digital session mannequin and registries of European Reference Networks.

Meanwhile, it would assist massive information initiatives promoted by the community of regulators.  These actions, it says, will assist prevention, analysis and remedy (specifically for most cancers, uncommon illnesses and customary and sophisticated illnesses), analysis and innovation, policy-making and regulatory actions of member states within the space of public well being.

On empowerment by information

The Commission states that residents must be empowered to make higher choices primarily based on insights gleaned from non-personal information. And that information must be obtainable to all – whether or not public or non-public, massive or small, start-up or large.  This will assist society to get essentially the most out of innovation and competitors and be certain that everybody advantages from a digital dividend. This digital Europe ought to replicate the perfect of Europe – open, truthful, numerous, democratic, and assured.  Ultimately, Europe goals to seize the advantages of higher use of information, together with higher productiveness and aggressive markets, but additionally enhancements in well being and effectively being, setting, clear governance and handy public providers.

Future-proofing well being care

Regarding future-proofing of well being care, in addition to its convention (extra particulars under) EAPM will host a dinner within the European Parliament on this subject, far ranging as it’s.  The potential of personalised healthcare has been more and more recognised during the last decade. The scope is almost limitless for exploiting new understanding of illness epidemiology, precision drugs and pharmacogenomics, empowered by applied sciences comparable to genomics, single cell sequencing, microbiome evaluation and transcriptomics, in addition to bioinformatics and digital improvements.

But for all these prospects, sadly private healthcare has not but delivered the advantages that it might. Among the various elements influencing personalised healthcare implementation, one of the vital important is the readiness of healthcare programs to answer the alternatives supplied.  Personalised care is a disruptive idea that challenges – and sometimes runs into resistance from – many inflexible and conventional patterns of fascinated with well being. In consequence, an approach to healthcare that’s match for the 21st century has solely partially been exploited due to practices, presumptions and even prejudices that date from earlier than the millennium.

Now, at first of the 2020s, and with advanced modifications underway in European society and governance, the time is true to evaluation how change will be leveraged to develop a coverage framework that can allow maximization of the potential of personalised healthcare. The new period that’s opening in Europe, with a brand new European Commission, a freshly-elected European Parliament, and a rising conviction amongst Europe’s policymakers that individuals have to be on the centre of any profitable and sustainable technique[, offers a conducive context.

The political pointers issued beforehand by now-President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen made clear her ambition for a Europe that ‘must lead the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world’.

The similar diploma of ambition was evident within the message from the now-EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in her confirmatory listening to earlier than the European Parliament: “European citizens expect the peace of mind that comes with access to health care… and protection against epidemics and diseases.”

Kyriakides added: “We have some of the world’s…most affordable, accessible and high-quality health systems to deliver on these expectations.”

Clearly, now it the time for motion.

More on the convention

EAPM’s Croatia Presidency Conference is developing, 24 March in Brussels, and is entitled ‘Defining the health-care ecosystem to determine value’. The occasion is well timed to say the least, not least as a result of the Brexit ultimate negotiations may have begun in earnest, whether or not or not there may be an emphasis on healthcare, medical units and medicines. What we actually have to do is to re-align priorities to guage the wants of sufferers, healthcare professionals and well being programs throughout the EU to facilitate improved and safer therapies, whereas enhancing collaboration between EU regulatory and payer teams.

At the occasion, our multi-stakeholder audio system and delegates will purpose to deal with many questions.  Among the audio system anticipated to participate are ENVI Committee Chair and MEP Pascal Canfin, fellow MEP Tiemo Wölken, Benedikt Westphalen, Koordinator Molekulare Onkologie, Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and Benjamin Horbach, Health Systems Strategy Leader -Personalised Healthcare(PHC), at Roche.   Tuula Helander, who’s Senior Advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Permanent Secretary’s Cabinet; and Secretary General on the Finnish Cancer Institute, can also be anticipated.

This session can be adopted by these on Biomarkers and Molecular Diagnostics, Prostate Cancer – Prevention and Early Diagnosis,  the Orphan Regulation and Personalised Medicine, Realising the Potential of Data:The Million European Genome Declaration and the EU Digital Health Strategy, and a closing session on Bridging Forward. Among the audio system and chairs anticipated for these periods are Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, at Queen’s University Belfast, Francesco Pignatti from the European Medicines Agency, Paul Naish, Director, Oncology Advocacy and AuthoritiesAffairs, at AstraZeneca and  Beata Jagielska, of the Polish Alliance for Personalised Medicine. They can be joined on stage by, amongst others, MEPs Miriam Dalli and Monika Benova.

The European Commission can be represented in the course of the day, as will Europa Uomo, the KU Leuven and the University of Barcelona. A scorching subject proper now could be the evaluation of the EU’s Orphan Regulation of late 1999. This got here into being mainly to make sure that sufferers affected by uncommon situations have the identical high quality of remedy as every other affected person within the EU.  Ivana Cattaneo, Public Affairs Director Europe, Novartis can be main discussions, right here, which may even function (amongst others) representatives from the European Commission, the Parliament, and EURORDIS. And in the case of the Declaration of Cooperation ‘Towards access to at least 1 million sequenced genomes in the European Union by 2022’, signed in Brussels in April 2018, EAPM has now put in place MEGA+, which seeks to make the most of all related medical information, not solely genomes.  Clearly, co-ordination and assist is required to develop cross-border options for sharing experience and linking genomic and different well being information.

There must be a shared vocabulary and data-set requirements EU-wide. The day-long convention will function loads of query and reply session to encourage full participation of these current and, as a part of the occasion, there can be a cocktail, speeches and, as talked about, dinner within the European Parliament, that includes keynote speeches from MEPs Sirpa Pietikainen and Monica Semedo. Among these attending throughout that night can be Frederique Penault-Llorca, Director, Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer de Clermont-Ferrand, Giulia Veronesi, Chief of the Robotic Surgery Unit on the Humanitas Hospital in Milan, Stefan Gijssels, Executive Director, Digestive Cancers Europe, and Boris Brkljacic, President of the European Society of Radiology.

We hope you possibly can be part of us!

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