European cooperation is crucial for providing the highest possible quality of healthcare for the ~740 million citizens on the continent. Examples include movement of people seeking education, training and work in health-related sectors; regulation of medicines and vaccines and pharmacovigilance – monitoring their safety – overseen by the European Medicines Agency, in partnership with responsible national authorities across the countries of the European Union; and the European Health Insurance Card system, which enables EU citizens to obtain free health care while working or on holiday in countries across the Eurozone.
A conference on European Cooperation on Healthcare workshop is being held on 21 June 2019 at Erasmus University in Rotterdam to provide a forum for discussing best practice and challenges across these key healthcare domains. The conference is being jointly hosted by the Health Policy and Technology journal and its parent organisation the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine (FPM), in partnership with the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Technology (ESHPM) in Rotterdam.
The conference is of interest to a broad range of presenters and delegates, from health policy makers to healthcare professionals, patient organizations, researchers, and other experts from the biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and e-Health sectors. This one day conference will be held at the Erasmus Expo and Conference Centre on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, near Rotterdam Central Station and the city center of Rotterdam.
Registration for the meeting and online abstract submission are now open. Registration is free for abstract presenters and there are reduced rates for research students and trainees, for HPT or PMJ authors and reviewers, and for FPM Fellows or Associate Members. Abstracts are welcome on current or completed activities relevant to European cooperation on healthcare, irrespective of their funding or scope. The final abstract deadline is 25th May 2019, however authors will be notified of acceptance within 2 weeks of online abstract submission. Accepted abstracts will be published online in Health Policy and Technology, an official journal of the FPM. There will be a prize for the best abstract.
Potential abstract topics include, but are not restricted to actions of health professional societies, clinical epidemiology, clinical guidelines, clinical registries, cross-border partnerships by health funders, e-health activities, ensuring safe supply chains for medicines, diagnostics and devices, ethical issues, European clinical research projects and programmes, global health initiatives, international health policy, health surveillance including pharmacovigilance, health technology assessment, initiatives by European patient organizations, international biomedical and health professional education and training, protecting public health, quality improvements in clinical practice, rare diseases and orphan drugs, regulatory matters, resolving health inequalities and transborder healthcare
Confirmed speakers include Carin Uyl-De Groot, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Zoltan Kalo, Professor of Health Economics, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary, Barbara Pierscionek, Associate Dean for Research, Nottingham Trent University and Ron de Winter, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
See the conference website for how to submit an abstract or register as a delegate and for more information about the speakers and the programme.