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30 September: online event “Patient safety and the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive in the hospital environment – one year on”

Led by MEP Manuel Pizarro (S&D) this live webinar will be especially useful for hospital pharmacists and their teams across the EU.

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The EU Health Coalition calls for an ambitious EU4HEALTH programme for Europe to take the lead in healthcare

COVID-19 has exacerbated many of the existing, underlying problems of healthcare systems. At the same time, it has highlighted the devastating impact that serious public health threats can have on both the health and wellbeing of our citizens as well as on our economies. The current crisis has clearly demonstrated how healthy populations and economic growth are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

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EU Health Coalition – Health is and should be at the core of the Recovery Plan for Europe

The EU Health Coalition calls for Health Ministers to keep a pivotal role in the EU Recovery Instrument negotiations | Health is and should be at the core of the Recovery Plan for Europe.

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Open letter to the Members of the European Parliament on the importance to sustain EU progress in fighting against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Today, 12 September, 17 organisations active in human and animal health have sent an open letter to the Members of the European Parliament, urging them to bring antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to the forefront of EU interinstitutional discussions and to support the establishment of a dedicated AMR parliamentary group.

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Croatia accepts ePrescriptions prescribed in Finland

From 17 June, Croatia accepts ePrescriptions from Finland: Finnish citizens can now travel to Croatia and retrieve their medicines in the pharmacies thanks to “My health @European Union”, the electronic cross-border health services in Europe.

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The European Commission publishes the paper “Proposed Guiding Principles for Reimbursement of Digital Health Products and Solutions”

On 30 April, the European Commission published the paper “Proposed Guiding Principles for Reimbursement of Digital Health Products and Solutions” as one of four working papers developed collaboratively by members of the eHealth Stakeholder Group (eHSG), the EC’s expert group on European digital health policy. 

UEHP is member of the eHealth Stakeholder Group (eHSG) and actively contributed to the drafting of this document together with other European stakeholders such as MedTech Europe (leader), COCIR, the European Society of Cardiology, the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU).

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The European Parliament adopts the Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers

On 4 April, the European Parliament plenary adopted a new proposed Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, which will repeal of the existing Framework Agreement on Parental Leave, made binding by Council Directive 2010/18/EU (the Parental Leave Directive).

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Adoption of the Recommendation on a European Electronic Health Record exchange format – European Commission

The European Commission yesterday adopted its Recommendation on a European Electronic Health Record Exchange format.  You can access the full document here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/recommendation-european-electronic-health-record-exchange-format  

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The priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

With the motto “A Europe that protects”, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018.

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Vaccines: MEPs approve a non-binding resolution on vaccine hesitancy and the drop in vaccination rates in EU

Yesterday, 19 April, the European Parliament adopted an important non-binding resolution on vaccine hesitancy and the drop of vaccination rates in Europe, during the plenary session in Strasbourg.

Warning public confidence in vaccination is a major challenge that is already affecting health, Parliament said on Thursday.

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UEHP joins the “EU: DO MORE FOR HEALTH!” initiative

UEHP President, Dr Paul Garassus and UEHP Secretary General, Ms Ilaria Giannico, are glad to announce that UEHP joined other 38 European organisations as co-signatory of a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, asking him to reaffirm health as one of the core responsibilities of the EU in the current debate about the future of Europe.

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UEHP FACTBOOK: official presentation at the EU Parliament on November, 7

Private Hospitals in Europe: Supporting Sustainable Health Systems

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European Commission’s Public consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

On Thursday 20 July the European Commission has launched the public consultation on digital transformation on health and care. This consultation seeks the input from patients, stakeholders, health care professionals, public authorities and others working on digital health for the new policy Communication that is expected to be adopted by the end of 2017.

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HORIZON 2020: Interim evaluation results

On 29 May 2017, the Commission published the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, required by Article 32 of the regulation establishing Horizon 2020.
The interim evaluation aims to contribute to improving the implementation of Horizon 2020 in its last Work Programme 2018-2020, to provide the evidence-base for the report of the High Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes and to inform the design of future Framework Programmes.

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Promoting vaccination: Commission launches EU Health Award for NGOs

The European Commission has launched the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017, which aims to reward NGOs that have contributed to a higher level of public health in the EU through vaccination.

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UEHP Secretary General, Ms Ilaria Giannico, interviewed by Global Salud

Our Secretary General, Ms Ilaria Giannico, has being interviewed by the Spanish magazine “Global Salud”.

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Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management

UEHP is partner of the EU-HCWM project, which aims to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across EU Member States, through the development of a new healthcare waste management qualification framework, and e-learning platform.

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New European Commission – Focus on the new Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides

On 10th September  the new Von der Leyen European Commission was appointed and presented in Brussels.

As for the new Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, her priorities will be discussed during her hearing in the European parliament at the end of the month (first week of October).

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Ursula von der Leyen new President of the European Commission – Focus on healthcare

On July, 16  the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg elected Mrs Ursula von der Leyen as new President of the European Commission. She will start her work from 1 November 2019 for a period of five years.

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EU Health Coalition calls upon the European Council to increase the total Horizon Europe budget to € 120 billion

On Wednesday 19 June, the EU Health Coalition published a joint statement calling for an increase of the overall Horizon Europe’s budget.

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The European Commission publishes the “Study on cross-border healthcare: Empowering NCPs to help patients exercise their rights”

On 20 July, the European Commission published an evaluative study on the implementation of the EU Directive 2011/24 on patients’ rights in cross-borders healthcare. The report, due by October 2018, was published well ahead the deadline, with the title “Study on cross-border healthcare: Empowering NCPs to help patients exercise their rights”.

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Brexit: the great escape of European physicians from the United Kingdom

Brexit or the great escape of European physicians. The upcoming Brexit (the date in which Great Britain will leave the European Union), and the total uncertainty on what will be the rules to be followed afterwards, are bringing to a real exodus of qualified personnel from the National Healthcare System (NHS).

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Healthcare in the EU: Expert Panel on Health publishes three opinions to help guide policy makers

Last Friday, 9 February, the independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health has adopted three Opinions related to access to healthcareinnovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines and performance of primary care.

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GDPR: European Commission publishes guidelines on upcoming new data protection rules

On 24th January the European Commission published some guidelines on the new data protection rules across the EU (GDPR).

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Strategic investments for the future of healthcare

Financing possibilities for the healthcare sector at EU level exists. If it is acknowledged that the EU-level financing will never cover all needs, it is a welcome complement. UEHP has been invited from the European commission as relevant stakeholder to the seminar “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, held in Brussels on 27th February.

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Dr Paul Garassus re-elected President of the European Union of Private Hospitals

On 10th March 2017, at the occasion of UEHP General Assembly in Lisbon, Dr Paul Garassus was re-elected for a second biennial mandate as President of UEHP.

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UEHP celebrates the International Women’s Day with a special edition of its newsletter “UEHP Ladies First”

The UEHP Newsletter #6 is written by women. Cristina Contel Vice President of UEHP and President of the Spanish Private Hospital Federation, ASPE, is coordinating this issue. We propose to demonstrate respect for gender equality in our own organisation and to support the full implications of women at the head of major private federations in the healthcare sector.

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UEHP supporting partner of Health Workforce Planning Summit, Berlin – 18-19 May 2017

The European Union of Private Hospitals signed a cooperation agreement with Luxatia International, as supporting partner of the Healthcare Workforce Planning Summit that will take place on 18-19 May, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

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UEHP speaks at the European Parliament on private hospitals and cross-border healthcare

On 1st March, llaria Giannico, Secretary General of UEHP, spoke at the conference, Exploring areas and benefits of cooperation in cross-border healthcare to protect patients’rights” organised by Active Citizenship Network and the EP Interest Group “European Patients’ Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare”, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

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Patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare: where do we stand?

Five years after its approval, the 2011/24 directive, which aims to liberalise access to healthcare for citizens throughout the Union, did not take off, as evidenced by the small number of applications filed in 2014 (109,223 for Europe).
Published reports (2015 Commission report on the operation of the cross-border healthcare Directive and the Eurobarometer on Patient Rights published in May 2015) as well as ongoing discussions, show that concerns around patient information and National Contact Points (NCP) performances persist and continue to be identified as critical issues still to be addressed.

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UEHP speaks at the 3rd COCIR eHealth Summit

Ilaria Giannico, Secretary General of UEHP spoke at the 3rd annual COCIR summit in December 2016 “Digital Health Innovation, Define, Measure, Impact” about “Big data in private hospitals”, presenting the positions of UEHP.

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The health priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Since the beginning of January 2017, Malta assumes the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time ever.

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Telemedicine in Europe

Sweden and Austria in the lead

Many health systems in Europe want to use electronic patient records to provide telemedicine for the benefit of patients with chronic diseases.

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What are the quality-driven approaches in Europe?

Presentation by Angela Blanco, Policy Analysis (DG SANTE) at UEHP Council Meeting in Monaco.

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A full partner of change: UEHP meets EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, V. Andiukatis

On Monday, 28th November UEHP had the honour to be received by the EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. In a very confident way we presented actions of UEHP, and discussed on major EU trends in Healthcare sector presented by the Commissioner.

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