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DISRUPTIVE MODELS OF HEALTHCARE FOR EUROPE – Re-thinking the regulatory framework to encourage disruptive innovation in health

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‘Disruptive’ isn’t a positive term, right? Wrong! It’s being used to describe the type of innovation that is urgently needed to shake up healthcare systems and bring in a broader range of actors and tools to relieve suffering and extend the number of years that Europeans enjoy good health.

Friends of Europe is launching a series of three high-level roundtables to examine the steps needed to create “disruptive models” for overhauling and improving healthcare systems across the EU.

European healthcare is already assailed by the combined forces of ageing, increased levels of chronic disease and growing shortages of qualified medical staff. Harnessing new technology is a solution, but that means introducing sometimes radical reforms to long-established institutions and practices.

By assessing the regulatory changes needed together with new business models and value networks, this series of Friends of Europe roundtables aims to build a holistic picture of how healthcare structures can be adapted to keep pace with the revolution in diagnostic and clinical advances. It also intends to make a substantial contribution to the debate on how Europe’s expanding healthcare sector can remain affordable.

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Featuring

  • Cristina Bescos

    European Innovation Partnership Coordinator at Philips Healthcare - Holder of a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Bescos has more than 15 years of experience in the research and management of large international innovation projects. From 2006 to 2012, she worked as a senior scientist at the Personal Healthcare Solutions Department of Philips Research in Aachen. She now leads the Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment Programme at Philips Healthcare in Böblingen.

  • Philippe De Backer MEP

    Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Member of Friends of Europe Informal Group on Health Policy - De Backer has extensive experience in health policy, having worked in both the private and public health sector. Before becoming a MEP, he worked for an investment fund specialised in life science and for a Belgian public research institution active in the field of medical biotechnology and healthcare. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Ghent.

  • Sabine Koch

    Director of the Health Informatics Centre and Strategic Professor of Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet - Koch has been working on medical informatics since 1988. She has written numerous articles on this topic including her recently authored piece Mobile health apps in Sweden: What do physicians recommend? Since 2012, she is also the director of the Global Master’s Programme in Health Informatics co-organised by Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University. Koch is a board member of Swedish ICT.

  • Peteris Zilgalvis

    Head of Unit for Health and Well-Being at the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology - Zilgalvis leads the coordination and promotion of EU research and innovation for ICT-based solutions for health and well-being. Previously the Head of Unit for Infectious Diseases and Public Health in the Health Research Directorate, he has published a number of academic articles including From Spectators to Change Agents: Empowering European Citizens as Drivers of e-Health Innovation.

Programme

12.30 – 13.00 Networking lunch and registration of participants

13.00 – 14.30 RE-THINKING THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK TO ENCOURAGE DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION IN HEALTH

New technologies have done much to revolutionise healthcare systems and devices, yet when it comes to telecoms the digital age has so far had a limited impact. More than half a billion euros in EU funding have been poured into areas like electronic patient records, but for healthcare as such the digital revolution has yet to happen.

The present regulatory framework in Europe is partly to blame. Regulators’ understandable concerns about patient safety and the need to uphold healthcare standards have limited the adoption of some innovative technologies. But such caution needs to be counterbalanced by a rules-based approach that also encourages fresh thinking.

‘Disruptive innovation’ that promotes the development, testing and implementation of technological advances must also find a place in a wholly transparent new regulatory framework.

The potential of eHealth has already attracted much hype, with mHealth – the use of mobile smartphone apps – likely to create similar public attention. The degree to which these advances will prove to be healthcare game-changers remains to be seen.

First, the regulatory and other barriers to the introduction of new technologies need to be assessed, and where necessary removed. A key question is whether new EU data protection rules could open the way to revolutionary new healthcare technologies?

Featuring
Cristina Bescos / European Innovation Partnership Coordinator at Philips Healthcare
Philippe De Backer MEP / Member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Member of Friends of Europe Informal Group on Health Policy
Sabine Koch / Director of the Health Informatics Centre and Strategic Professor of Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet
Peteris Zilgalvis / Head of Unit for Health and Well-Being at the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

14.30 End of debate

Moderated by
Tamsin Rose / Non-Resident Fellow at Friends of Europe

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