East Netherlands Digital Solutions in Health and Prevention

East Netherlands Digital Solutions in Health and Prevention

12th October 2018

Last week, WRB attended the regional East Netherlands conference on Digital Solutions in Health and Prevention at The Leopold Hotel.


Key Takeaways

  • eHealth a priority in the Commission as represents a global challenge – see link to Comms below

Opening by Annemike Traag, Executive Council Member, Overijssel province

  • Reiterated a strong EU focus on the need for digitising healthcare
    • See EU Commission comms on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market; empowering citizens and building a healthier society (April 2018).

Presentation by Albert van den Berg, University of Twente Science Director Mesa & Institute for Nanotechnology

  • Presented the TopFit Impact programme. Three universities – Radboud University, the University of Twente and Wageningen University & Research – working together in an impact programme aimed at preventing and reducing disease and the burden of disease.
  • Medical errors are the third-largest cause of natural death after cancer and heart failure.
  • TopFit a strategic consortium and open to other regional stakeholders.

Presentation by Roger Lim, DG Sante and Emanuelle Huck, DG Connect

  • eHealth is a priority in the Commission
  • Recent communiqué produced shows the huge potential in the health sector
  • The comms a policy paper expressing the challenges and presents ideas to tackle this – not a directive as healthcare policy up to the discretion of member states
    • Comms to push for concrete actions
    • Aim: to spark new ideas, set new initiatives and priorities
  • Explored ideas of standardisation of health data across the EU to make interoperability easier.
    • Key challenge of implementing this across range of member states.
    • If commission set a standard and mandates this then may imply financial backing
  • Longstanding debate on who ‘owns’/controls the data
  • Examples of where data brokering has worked:
    • Catalan
    • Estonia – eGovernmnet
    • Flanders – Vitalink
  • Advice: to be more present as a region and share successful initiatives with the Commision and their nation-state.

Presentation by Jana Makedonska, DG Research

  • Commission set up the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) – want to become a global hub
    • 28 countries and 4 regions (none UK)
  • Calls are moving closer to uptake by the healthcare industry.

Presentation by Nathalie Bovy – van der Lugt, Radboud University Medical Centre

  • Reiterated difficulty of leveraging the data and policies needed to address this.

Presentation by Bart Ooijen, Dutch Permanent Representation, Head Health section

  • Expressed need for cross-border directives. Health is a global challenge.
  • If doing well, regions should be stronger at lobbying their national governments.


For further information:

EU eHealth Comms:

You can find the presentations here.

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