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Issue 129, 8 May 2014


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Driving eHealth from promise to reality

Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, Co-Chair eHealth Network and Director General of Ministry of Health, Austria

Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, Co-Chair eHealth Network and Director General of Ministry of Health, Austria

Recent eHealth policy in the European Union is gradually shifting from high hopes and promises to concrete reality, with the eHealth Network beginning to tackle the real issues on the long road toward cross border interoperability in the exchange of health data.

A major step forward was last November’s adoption of “Guidelines on a Minimum Patient Summary Dataset for Electronic Exchange”. This guideline goes far beyond an agreement on a minimum dataset. It exhaustively identifies the organisational, technical and legal prerequisites which have to be met before a single set of health data will actually be [...]

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Reporting from across Europe » 
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Health Programme Projects »

Telehealth Services Code of Practice for Europe (TeleSCoPE)

Cross-border Patient Registries Initiative (PARENT)

Methods for Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices

HASIC - Healthy Ageing Supported by Internet and the Community

Advancing Care Coordination and TeleHealth Deployment Programme

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

'3D caregivers help Alzheimer’s patients' by Maria Litou, 2013 finalist from Greece


News from the EU 

Ebola in West Africa: EU increases its immediate health assistance to €1.1 million  »

The European Union is increasing efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and has sent out mobile labs in addition to providing funding, experts, equipment and assessments. The Health Security Committee also agreed on public information messages.

SCCS Opinion on cosmetics containing aluminium  »

The independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission have published its Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products.

Parliament approves fee regulation for Pharmacovigilance activities of the European Medicines Agency  »

Parliament voted in favour of the EU Regulation on fees payable to the European Medicines Agency for the conduct of pharmacovigilance activities for medicinal products for human use, which lays down the level and structure of these fees.

Commission supplements legislation on post-authorisation efficacy studies for medicines  »

The legal framework for post-authorisation studies for medical products in the EU set by legislation in 2010 and 2012 has now been supplemented by the Commission's Delegated Regulation specifying situations in which these studies are required.

Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation passes mid-term review  »

The Commission reviewed the progress and developments resulting from EU and national initiatives, with the end goal of making more organs available for patients, to improve transplants systems, to increase the quality and safety of transplants and to save lives.

European Alcohol and Health Forum holds plenary meeting  »

The 14th plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum took place on 9 April 2014 in Brussels and was chaired by John F. Ryan, Acting Director for Public Health, Directorate General for Health and Consumers.

Commission makes Guide for Health Investments public  »

Responding to requests for more access to information, the Commission has made public its package of thematic guidance for European Structural and Investments Funds, including the Guide for Health Investments.

European Medical Students Association gain experience in public health  »

Students in the European Medical Students Association recently visited DG Sanco and Chafea to learn about EU public health policies. The association is active in public health, with activities like the 'best buddy system' providing support for youths with disabilities.

Human Milk Donation Day raises awareness  »

Human Milk Donation Day will be held on May 19 to raise awareness about human milk banks and the need for donations. There are 203 human milk banks in Europe, where carefully screened donators supply milk for preterm and ill newborns.

Forthcoming events 

The European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products (Berlin, 8 - 10 May 2014)  »

With over 100 speakers and countless professionals in attendance, this conference covers the latest research, developments in new treatments and innovations in health care, social care and support at European and national levels.

8th European Patients' Rights Day (Brussels, 12 May 2014)  »

Organised by the Active Citizenship Network and supported by the Commission's Public Health Programme, this event is an opportunity for national and EU associations working in chronic diseases to share experiences and enhance their collaboration.

eHealth Forum 2014 (Athens, 12 - 14 May 2014)  »

This event brings together the High Level eHealth Conference and Exhibition, the eHealth Network Meeting and many more events, aspiring to become a true forum for the exchange of experience, mutual support, good practices and innovation.

19th European Association of Dental Public Health Conference (Gothenburg, 12 - 14 June 2014)  »

This annual conference provides an opportunity for exchange of information between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.

EU Press Releases 

Joint purchasing of vaccines and medicines becomes a reality in the EU  »

The Commission approved a Joint Procurement Agreement, which will enable all EU countries on a voluntary basis to procure pandemic vaccines and other medical countermeasures collectively, rather than individually.

World Autism Awareness Day: EU projects help people with autism get a foothold on the employment ladder  »

A series of European Commission pilot projects have helped around 100 Europeans with autism from five EU countries to get into the job market, a new report released on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April), shows.

New publications 

Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa  »

This assessment by the ECDC examines the risk of introduction and transmission of Ebola virus in the EU in light of the situation in West Africa. It formed the basis for a risk management discussion in the Health Security Committee and subsequent public information.

Reporting from across Europe 

French health minister launches 2014 vaccination calendar  [France]  »

For European Vaccination Week in April, Health Minister Marisol Touraine launched the new vaccine calendar, reminding people that vaccines aren't a thing of the past, but protection for the future. "Vaccinations are one of the biggest successes of public health policy," she said.

Belgium offers training for health care professionals in environmental medicine  [Belgium]  »

Belgium is strengthening the knowledge and capacities of healthcare professionals on environmental medicine: doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and others will soon be able to receive a training diploma/certificate in environmental medicine.

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