This is the time to drive change!
If you want change, you have to understand the process and know what you can influence at what point in time. Now is one of those rare moments for European research and innovation where achieving change is not only possible, but also promoted – we have a new European Commission, and the details and budget of Horizon Europe (the next research programme for EU research and innovation 2021-2027) are not finalised yet. This is the time. This is the time we can make a difference.
The Cluster Health of Horizon Europe in a nutshell
The guiding principle is that ‘everyone has the right to timely access to affordable healthcare of good quality. The objective of this new framework would be to tackle emerging and existing health challenges while supporting EU’s industry competitiveness. The cluster health is organised in 6 pillars (health through the life course, environment and social health determinants, non-communicable and rare diseases, infectious diseases, tool technologies and digital solutions for healthcare, healthcare systems) and has some cross cutting topics (digitalisation and personalisation, health economics, patient centricity).
Strategic priorities in EU research, what do we want?
Industry: Research is not easy. But in order to be competitive globally it is important to understand patients’ needs and market needs and create partnership that can represent this synergies and complexities. ‘’The healthcare of tomorrow needs a radical change, an innovative approach and to redefine business models to make full use of existing innovation’’. Quicker access for patients to innovative products.
Civil society: Horizon 2020 invested 80 billion of tax payer money, however the societal impact, what was the improvement in everyone’s daily life, is not fully clear and evident. The key elements for the next programme should be: Societal engagement and governance, Accountability and Innovation that is safe, sustainable and affordable.
Member states: We need to speak to each other and learn to speak the same language and have common goals. Research has to be meaningfully translated so that policy makers and healthcare providers can implement it.
National healthcare system: Orient Horizon Europe towards where the biggest unmet need for citizens is. This would also make results more tangible especially when valuing the results of the innovation at the end. We need to have innovative reimbursement mechanism and new models to deliver care.
Science and academia: We need to create a real sense of working together, collaboratively among different stakeholders. It will take money and time to facilitate actual collaboration, it is important but it will take time.
Where Horizon Europe could have the biggest impact? Outcomes (classic ones but also patient reported measures) and Cross-cutting topics (e.g. environmental health).
This Blog was written by the Young Gasteiner Eliana Biundo