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Antibiotic resistance: a global threat

Ivo Holanec, Research Project Manager at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries highlights a new report published regarding the significant problem of resistance to antimicrobials. This report examines the clinical implications, plausible effects on mortality and potential economic cost of antibiotic resistance… Antibiotics have been central to modern healthcare since...

Harnessing the potential of eHealth to live longer and healthier in Europe

In an exclusive article for AG, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety highlights how eHealth has the potential to help Europe live healthier and longer… Europe is turning increasingly silver. According to estimates, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and over is set to double...
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Working towards an EU health information system

Petronille Bogaert, Robine Jean Marie, and Prof. Dr. Herman Van Oyen discuss the BRIDGE Health project and how it is developing an integrated and sustainable EU health information system Bridge Health is a European project under the third European Union (EU) Health Programme. The acronym stands for Bridging Information and...

eHealth is for citizens

Terje Peetso, MD, Policy Officer for DG CONNECT at the European Commission discusses how online healthcare can be beneficial to patients… Citizens’ participation in managing their own healthcare has consistently increased over the last decades and digital tools certainly play an important role in this. The process consists of a...
Pressure on the NHS puts patients at risk

Pressure on the NHS puts patients at risk

Pressure facing the NHS has pushed the service into an “endless winter”, placing patients at risk… Warnings about the safety of the health service were delivered during two major health conferences. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Medical Association (BMA) are both hosting events this week, which...
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Analytics on the frontline of saving lives

David Downing, Director of Health, SAS UK examines how the NHS can embrace digitalisation, overcoming some of its biggest challenges, and outlines the findings of the Carter Review... Since its creation in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) has grown to become the world's largest publicly funded health service. Made up of...
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PATHway leading the way: ERS paving the way

René Schippers, Director, Electronic Record Services B.V. discusses the PATHway project and its role in cardiac rehabilitation...  PATHway vision Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of premature death (30% of all deaths) and disability in Europe and worldwide (WHO), costing the EU economy almost EUR 196 billion a year. With changing demographics and...

PETRAS – Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things

Jeremy Watson, Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL and Emil Lupu from Imperial College London outline how the new PETRAS research hub aims to fill knowledge gaps and promote safe and secure use of the Internet of Things… The PETRAS Hub, with £9.8m funding recently awarded by the Engineering and...
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Our daily digital health – is everyone ready?

Marc Lange, Secretary-General and Diane Whitehouse, Member of the Secretariat at European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) outlines how digital technologies are helping to transform health service delivery… Our daily life is becoming increasingly digital, and people are considering this move as the way to go for more and more activities. Digital...

Tom Brake: why remaining in the EU is the right choice

Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs tells AG why he thinks the UK should stay in the EU... The request by AG to write a short commentary on why I think we are better off in the EU was more challenging than you might think. It's nearly impossible...
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mHEALTH: Challenges, hopes and doubts

There are many hopes and at the same time, doubts related to the mHealth development. Here MEP Michal Boni explains the reasons why… Firstly, mHealth development is part of the digital revolution. It means that all aspects of the functions of the healthcare systems can be changed under the conditions related...
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The brain health challenge: reducing the economic impact

Prof David Nutt, European Brain Council on the economic impact of poor brain health & how they are calling for new thinking towards how it is treated

Dementia to become trillion dollar disease by 2018

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), outlines the major impact dementia has worldwide and the urgent need for governments to help provide a better quality of life for people with the condition… The World Alzheimer Report 2015 estimates that someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds....

Smart cities: the implications for the private sector

Nicolas Reys, Cyber Security Services Consultant at Control Risks looks at the risks of cyber-attacks on smart cities… Faced with rapid urbanisation, city planners are turning to technology to solve a wide range of problems. Smart cities are the outcome of the deepening integration between technology and the urban landscape. Smart...
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Digital Innovation in the Public Sector – Why So Slow?

Digital innovation has the opportunity to transform public services to meet the needs of our changing population, deliver efficiencies and improve performance. Public sector organisations are striving to fulfil the government’s Digital by Default standard and, in doing so, provide a better service for millions of people. However, as...

The European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs AISBL

The European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) is Europe’s principal trade body for small to medium-sized innovative companies working in the field of pharmaceuticals. Via its company members and national member associations such as the British Ethical Medicines Industry Group (EMIG), the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPI), BioDeutschland, the...
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Smart standards for a smart world

Henry Lawson, Market Research Consultant at BSRIA examines the possibilities of achieving common standards which are appropriate for the myriad of different “things” that will potentially be part of the Internet of Things I live about 50 miles to the west of London. When I take the train into central...
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Research opportunities in Acute Medicine

Dinesen L1, 2, Poots AJ1, Bell D1, 2. 1.NIHR CLAHRC NW London, Imperial College London 2.Dept. Acute Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital What is Acute Medicine? Acute medicine is the part of internal medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients who present to, or from within,...
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Tackling cancer in children and adolescents

Professor Giles Vassal, President of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology outlines why it is crucial for Europe to come together and tackle and prevent cancer in children. Compared to the incidence in adults, cancer is rare in children and adolescents but concerns 35,000 young people each year in Europe. Despite...

Managing wounds as a team

Professor Zena Moore, from the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) identifies the benefits of wound care teams for patients and healthcare professionals  From a wound care perspective, the growing prevalence and incidence of non-healing acute and chronic wounds is a worrying concern. Indeed, the incidence of wounds in the EU-27 is...

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