Data for safer care

Digital solutions & surveillance systems for patient safety

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 | 09:00-11:00 | Room 1

Organised by Health First Europe and European Network for Safer Healthcare (ENSH), sponsored by Becton, Dickinson and Company

Data collection on adverse events and surveillance are needed to foster patient safety and tackle 8.8 million cases of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in the EU, along with the threat posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). 10 years after the adoption of the 2009 European Council recommendations on patient safety, this session will focus on the current situation of patient safety in Europe and how national and European policymakers can shape effective strategies to tackle the issue. This session will explore:

1. The potential of surveillance networks and monitoring mechanisms
2. Future-facing solutions to encourage a ‘safety culture’ and a blame-free approach to patient safety reporting
3. The role the EU can play in supporting its Member States to share relevant data on patient safety & measurable indicators.

Come and join us in an interactive fishbowl conversation and make your voice heard in setting the agenda for the future of patient safety in Europe!

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Session Recording

Speakers & panellists


  • Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • Paul Garassus, President, UEHP - European Union of Private Hospitals
  • Fiona Garín MC Donagh, Senior Director, Dickinson and Company (BD)
  • Fernando Simón Soria, Ministry of Health, Spain, Health Security Committee
  • Sinikka Salo, PhD. DDS, Leader of Change, Permanent Secretary’s Cabinet, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland - Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Neda Milevska-Kostova, Board Member, IAPO - International Alliance of Patients' Organizations
  • Federico Lega, President, EHMA - European Health Management Association
  • Germán Peñalva, Representative, EU-JAMRAI Joint Action and Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS)


  • Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

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