OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – Economy of Wellbeing (9 December 2019)

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Press Release: Fine against hospital due to data protection deficits in patient management

The Commissioner for Data Protection and the Freedom of Information Rhineland-Palatinate imposed a fine of 105,000 euros on a hospital in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The fine is based on several breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation in the framework of a patient mix-up when admitting the patient. This resulted in incorrect invoicing and revealed structural technical and organisational deficits in the hospital’s patient and privacy management.

Agenda: Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) (3 – 5 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on the evaluation of the Union legislation on blood, tissues and cells (3 December 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Patient representatives from musculoskeletal / orthopaedic conditions sought to participate in new patient safety initiative on implantable medical devices

By European Patients Forum

The European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) is a platform organisation linking Europe‘s national orthopaedic associations. It is currently implementing the concept of “Implant and Patient Safety Days” as a new form of collaboration, which will integrate orthopaedic surgeons and scientists, industry partners, regulatory authorities and patients’ representatives. The initiative aims to maintain and further improve patient safety in the area of orthopaedic and trauma.

EFORT will hold an inauguration workshop in Brussels on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, when it will present the new concept and discuss important issues around development, introduction and clinical application of implants. The meeting will result in concepts for further action and communication, for example on patient information, collaborative position papers, or proposals for training and education.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market (3 December 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (4 December 2019)

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Proposal for a Regulation on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU

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At a Glance: World AIDS Day 2019

Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 and aimed mainly at raising awareness. This year’s specific theme, ‘Communities make a difference’, draws attention to the crucial role of community health workers and communities of people living with HIV, highlighting their contribution to ending the epidemic. World AIDS Day also offers an opportunity to take stock of progress, globally and in the EU.

Event: Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Better access to cancer care in Europe? (Brussels, 10 December 2019)

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Stakeholder Blogpost: A European Health Data Space – a small step or a giant leap?

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Press Release: Artificial intelligence can improve quality of life but potential risks remain

A delegation of members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) visited three Finnish technological hubs to assess the potential benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence for our society. They stressed that all future developments must encompass three pillars: product safety, consumer trust, and solidarity in health and social care.

Press Release: State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries

Today the European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

Written Answer to a Question: The situation of people with disabilities on the labour market

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UPDATED – Event: Annual Patients and Consumers Working Party (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals Working Party (HCPWP) meeting with all eligible organisations (Amsterdam, 20 November 2019)

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Agenda: Pharmaceutical Committee (17 December 2019)

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Options to foster health promoting health systems: Report of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health

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Report: Study supporting the interim evaluation of the innovation principle

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UPDATED – Press Release: Economy of wellbeing: the Council adopts conclusions

Update: the Council Conclusions have been published in the Official Journal.

Agenda: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (3 December 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (27 November 2019)

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Presidency Note: European pharmaceutical policy – strengthened cooperation and coordination with the aim to improve access to medicines

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Presidency Note: Economy of Wellbeing – next steps in investing in health as its key component

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