June 27th, 2017  
So hot!
But Private Hospitals at work during summer time
Many health care professionals remain at work for the service of patient mobility in Europe. Vacation is available for patient with hemodialysis far from usual centers. For people travelling abroad emergency in the Private Hospital teams are accessible during summer. Or medical teams remain present for people with chronic diseases at home.
A so hot spring may be followed by an equivalent summer. We hope that previous European engagement respecting COP21 could limit global warming and excessive weather changes. At this moment, our attention is dedicated to health service but we hope for everyone a stop in professional activities for rest and vacation. We wish you a very pleasant summer, free time and a good health.
Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP
at International Medical Tourism Trade Fair INTERCARE, Milan
Private hospitals discovering the latest innovations in healthcare
UEHP has given its patronage to INTERCARE, the first edition of Italy’s trade fair dedicated to International Medical Tourism, which took place on 24–26 May 2017 in Milan.
The global growth in the flow of patients and health professionals as well as medical technology, capital funding and regulatory regimes across national borders has given rise to new patterns of consumption and production of healthcare services and new opportunities for Europe’s Private Hospitals.
The Exhibition was also a great opportunity for some private hospitals associated with AIOP (Italian Association of Private Hospital) to share their international development strategy.
Ilaria Giannico, UEHP Secretary General, Francesca Grechi, CFO of Turismo Medico Italia (TMI), speakers at Intercare
at OECD Forum, Paris
The 2017 Forum (6-7 June in Paris) placed a central emphasis on the need for policies winning back the confidence of those who feel left behind, fearful of the impact of globalisation, increasing migration flows, and the unprecedented speed of technological development. As for health, Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of Social Affairs, OECD, put the accent on People-centered healthcare.
is a cooperation partner of the Innovative Healthcare Facilities Summit, 7-8 Septembre 2017, Prague
This summit provides a platform for all stakeholders involved in the process of designing, planning and developing healthcare facilities.
Informative insights on new generation facility design concepts, initiation and planning phases, medical equipment planning, sustainable healthcare and integrated technologies will be delivered through case studies as well as interactive discussions by leading experts in the field. The summit will create a perfect atmosphere to discuss the strategies required to ensure success in project development and completion whilst providing the opportunity to meet industry leaders in order to exchange experiences and knowledge.
UEHP members can benefit from 30% discount on the registration fees!
For more information about the Summit, please visit this link
Organised a session at French Private Hospitals Federation Specialities congress in Strasbourg
The three entities of the French Federation Private Hospitals (Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics – Rehabilitation – Psychiatry) organised on 8-9 June 2017 their annual congress in Strasbourg under the slogan „TOGETHER“ (ensemble).
Dr Paul Garassus organised and moderated the session „Promotion and financing of research and innovation of health systems abroad“ and presented the German rehabilitation private sector during the session „A new impulse for rehabilitation“.
Dr Paul Garassus, President of UEHP
In the session „Promotion and financing of research and innovation of health systems abroad“, the intervention of Dr. Federica Prete, EU Grant Manager at San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan (see article below) retained the attention of the audience as French hospitals usually don’t have a grant office, don’t know how to handle fund raising and are not aware of the opportunity offered by European and inter-regional projects.
Dr Garassus concluded that European hospitals can be partners on Horizon 2020 or Interreg projects, initiate projects or collaborate. All projects are not necessarily on fundamental research but can also be very practical. Most important, other European institutes might need you, as most projects require partners from several European countries.
International call for projects - Open Accelerator (OA)
Open Accelerator (OA) is the first made-in-Italy International acceleration program in life science field that aims at identifying and accelerating best ideas and early stage projects while enriching Italian entrepreneurial ecosystem and sharing best international practices and talents.
The International Call for Ideas, running from the 5th of April until the 16th of July 2017 targets early stage projects in drug delivery, diagnostics (medical devices), digital health, wearables and big data areas.
The acceleration program provides training, mentoring and advisory by a wide international collaborators’ network, including Italian Angels for Biotech, London Business Angels, Innogest Capital, Inkef Capital, Imperial College London, UCL London and others.
Upon completion of the program the best selected startups can receive up to €100 000 seed investment per project. More info: www.openaccelerator.it
This call for project is open to all European candidates.
OA is created by ZAMBON pharma research venture Zcube in Bresso, Milan and is located in the OpenZone scientific campus together with other successful 21 companies and startups.
EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020
A new assessment of the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 after its first three years shows that it is on track to help create jobs and growth, tackle our biggest societal challenges and improve people's lives. Horizon 2020 has clear European added value by producing demonstrable benefits compared to national or regional-level support, but it has been so successful in attracting the best researchers and innovators that it could have spent four times its budget in support of excellent projects.
On 29 May 2017, the Commission published the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, required by Article 32 of the regulation establishing Horizon 2020.
To learn more about the evaluation of Horizon 2020, visit this link and this link
Monaco e-Health World 2017
For its second edition, "e-Health World " congress gathered in Monaco on the 1st and 2nd June 2017, major international e-health players.
Several experts in this field were invited to communicate and discuss about the progress of e-health in the developed countries, scientific evolutions and the setting up of new methods.
Each year, the « e-Health World Monaco » congress focuses on one area in the world. This year, the spotlight was put on Africa and on the several emerging initiatives.
Among discussed topics: • 3D printing for human use • NBIC (Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology ,Cognitive science) • e-health and Africa • Beautytech: Science and technology for beauty • Robots in medicine • Business and economics in e-health • E-health and new practices of health professionals • The Blockchains • The simulation • Bioethics of e-health • Substitution of failing organs.
Start-up contest: The public prize was awarded to Thierry Desjardins and Nicolas Veau for their surgical innovation Tamanoir by Surgisafe. „Tamanoir is a connected surgical device enabling, in real time, to detect, for example, leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, to control the quality of ablation of a tumor or to perform a tumor diagnosis or tissue abnormalities immediately With specificity and sensitivity comparable to the most efficient diagnostic methods and the most expensive imaging tools.“
AIOP presents its 14th annual report “Health & Hospitals in Italy”
Nadio Delai, President of Ermeneia
The primary objective of AIOP (Italian Association of Private Hospitals) is to contribute to improving knowledge of the Italian health system at an international level, by providing European institutions, professionals and scholars with data and assessments, which in some cases also relate to 2016.
The English version – Health & Hospitals - is an abstract of the Report on “OSPEDALI & SALUTE”, the 14th edition of which was presented to the Senate of the Italian Republic in 2017.
The abstract highlights major health issues which have emerged in the last year, and analyses supply and demand issues, focusing in particular on the quality of services and on citizens’ opinions, as expressed in a special survey. Moreover it provides a set of indicators regarding equipment, information on hospital activities and expenses, as well as a complete sample of data for the Italian hospital system as a whole.
The Swiss Private Hospitals Federation releases its annuel reports
The Federation speaks German, French and Italian. It has just released its annual report … in those three languages :
Annual report – German
Annual report – French
Annual report – Italian
The private hospital sector in Poland is facing a hard time
Poland is facing a difficult time due to an undergoing legislative process to reform its health care system, as well as social consultations and protests of the private and business community.
The current government has undertaken a remodelling of the Polish health care delivery system around the national public hospital network, discarding the previous government’s efforts to privatize hospitals. Public hospitals will then become 93 % of the health care budget, leaving the private sector with the remaining 7%. These changes will affect hospitals and clinics that have so far been able to operate based on their contracts with the National Health Fund (NFZ).
The National Private Hospital Association preview that 80% of private hospitals in Poland will find themselves in a difficult economic situation without their current income coming from the NFZ.
At the same time, a new form of universal health insurance system, -moving from a national insurance model to a model funded by government revenues and covering hospital services- is in discussion. The Ministry of Health also recently announced the ban on subcontracting (prohibition to sell, lease or rent out durable assets) and the authorisation of public healthcare units to provide commercial services once the limit of publicly funded services runs out, creating then a state of competition with private hospitals.
In these conditions, the future of the private hospital sector in Poland is uncertain.
A professionalised EU grants management
San Raffaele private university hospital, Milan
With no less than 900 research scientists, 600 clinical researchers working in different divisions and institutes, the private university hospital San Raffaele in Milan has its own funding support department! Created three years ago, a seven-man crew, among which two are dedicated to EU funding exclusively, bring a professional understanding of the mechanisms for fund raising as well as their expertise and strategic approach as regard to the application process, including the preparation and the writing of the proposals. Most important, they are supporting researchers in their project strategy, planning and management.
„To be eligible to EU grant programmes requires a high scientific level, good partnerships also with smaller and medium companies, NGOs, patients organisations, partners with different background and characteristics, innovative research ideas with strong impact on society“, explains Dr Federica Prete, EU Grants Manager at San Raffaele. She quotes following points as prerequisites for a successful grant application, that only a professional support service can provide : „Inform researchers about funding opportunities, set up a support service that helps researchers and clinicians, define a strategy and identify priorities, network and exchange within and with other hospitals and organisations at national and international levels and share resources.“ Other important factors, often put aside by scientists also play a key role for eligibility. „We also provide updated information about new debates, we support lobbying work of scientists. We promote as well different types of programmes, not only EU or national/regional programmes. For an hospital it is important to have different sources of funding. We organise special courses on non scientific aspects like dissemination, communication, gender issues, etc.„
The San Raffaele Hospital already became funding for 26 Horizon 2020 projects so far.
Horizon 2020 is the most important research funding programme in Europe, which also funds clinical trials, alongside with the prestigious ERC grant, that supports excellent scientists and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, which support mobility of researchers.
About 15 % of proposals submitted so far have been accepted, which is an average success rate, for an amount reaching 7 millions Euro. More than 100 collaborating have participated to San Raffaele Horizon 2020 projects.
Part of excellence: diabetes, cardio vascular and neuroscience, urology, genetics, gene therapy,immunology, etc.
About San Raffaele Hospital:
Belonging to the San Donato Group, Italy's largest private hospital chain with 18 hospitals in Northern Italy and 3 high specialty research hospitals, the San Raffaele university hospital was the first private hospital established in Italy in 1971, granted in 1972 by the Italian Ministry of Health with the status of “Research Hospital”.
Health “à la carte”
San Raffaele private university hospital, Milan
Last year, the San Raffaele University Hospital opened its first healthy food restaurant “EAT” in its nursing home La Madonnina, in Milan. This restaurant also opened to guests from outside the hospital follows the EAT food program philosophy: serve tasty and healthy food according to traditional Italian “grande cuisine” in order to prevent illnesses.
The products used are seasonal and come from neighbouring areas to preserve their taste and freshness. Each month, chefs from the prestigious association Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, the biggest association of chefs with Michelin Stars in all Europe, create new menus. At EAT Restaurant you can eat everything from fish to meat, rice to pasta, always accompanied by fresh vegetables and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Customers can also check the caloric intake of their meal with a pad placed on each table.
Following the success of this first EAT restaurant, le hospital opened its first EAT bar, where cold dishes and sandwiches made according to the same rules are served.
The EAT restaurant and bar have convinced even the most demanding palates. Even young people and San Raffaele university students favour the EAT bar for their break sessions.
The San Donato Foundation Hospital Group is supporting a food education programme since 2009 under the name EAT Educational. Primarily targeted to school food, the programme aims to educate young people on proper nutrition, trying to prevent pathologies, particularly cardiovascular diseases, often resulting from modern eating culture. In 2015, the program became EAT Sustainable Food Education whose philosophy is based on the elimination of "junk food" in all familiar, both professional and convivial environments. The first snack distributors named "Feed Your Health" was placed inside San Donato hospitals, then successfully proposed to schools, companies, public offices,etc.