Health information

Thursday, 01.10.2015 | 16:30 - 19:30

Organised by DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

Creating evidence for European Union health policies

President Juncker stated in the mission letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis that one of the key health objectives of this Commission should be "developing expertise on performance assessments of health systems, drawing lessons from recent experience and from EUfunded research projects to build up country-specific and cross-country knowledge that can inform policies”.

To meet these objectives and help target scarce resources effectively, policy-makers need access to scientifically sound, comparable and high-quality health information.

To fulfil this remit the European Commission is looking to establish a comprehensive and sustainable framework on health information and evidence. Building on past EU-level projects and activities, its key aim will be to improve European Union and international cooperation on the availability of health information for policy- and decision-making.

This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the initiative and also provide the Commission with valuable feedback on how to improve European Union health information from the perspective of stakeholders.

Representatives from DG SANTE, EU Member States, OECD, industry and the public health community will review today's requirements for improving the availability of health information. The subsequent round-table debate with experts and the audience will discuss examples and explore possible solutions, focusing on the following issues:

  • What should the EU do more of re health information for the benefit of EU countries?
  • What should the EU do less of (or stop) concerning health information because it is counterproductive or ineffective?
  • What elements should be included in a future EU health information system?

Introduction

Andrzej Rys, Director, Health Systems and Products Directorate, DG SANTE, European Commission

Panel 1 | Needs for health information

Krzysztof Maruszewski, Director of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Neville Calleja, Director, Department of Health Information and Research, Ministry of Health, Malta

Pekka Puska, Director General, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland

Richard Bergström, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Associations (EFPIA)

Moderation

Stefan Schreck, Head of Unit, Health Information and Scientific Committees, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

Panel 2 | Way forward for improving health information and its use

Francesca Colombo, Head of Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

João Matias, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA)

Herman van Oyen, Professor, Leader of the Bridge-Health Project

Moderation

Neville Calleja, Director, Department of Health Information and Research, Ministry of Health, Malta

Summary

Tim Nguyen, Unit Leader, Evidence and Information for Policy-Making, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Stefan Schreck, Head of Unit, Health Information and Scientific Committees, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission

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