Blockchain-based technologies have been increasingly explored as an approach to health information technology, and the process is ongoing. When introducing nearly any new technology, healthcare professionals’ perceptions range from excitement to scepticism. When used for healthcare, blockchains combine data storage, encryption, and distribution in a new way to protect health information and require a flexible mindset that differs from the transparent blockchains used for value transfer.
Building upon key objectives of the recently implemented Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation, this new strategy aims to converge traditional regulatory practice with innovative digital solutions. The strategy proposes to identify relevant use cases, existing and additional data sources, critical infrastructure and methods to enable an environment that encourages innovation in the development of new veterinary medicines for the benefit of animal and human health and welfare.
Many countries have struggled to deliver essential public health functions - the most cost-effective, comprehensive and sustainable way to enhance people's health and reduce the burden of disease. The public health workforce is at the heart of this effort. Yet, the essential role and impact of the workforce involved in delivering these functions has been overlooked. This has led to disparities within and across countries and regions, and fragmented approaches to public health workforce development in terms of policies, planning, implementation, and monitoring.
Climate change continues to be the biggest challenge of the 21st century, with profound and growing negative consequences on public health. This is why, the EU Health Policy Platform’s thematic network wants to move towards the right to ‘health for all’ by training the public health and wider health workforce on climate change and health. The “Climate action through public health education and training” has been issued.
The data included in the report show that the EU has made progress towards most goals over the last five years, in line with Commission's priorities in key policy areas such as the European Green Deal, the Digital Strategy and the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. While progress towards reaching some goals was faster than for others, movement away from the sustainable development objectives occurred only in few specific areas.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its latest report, setting out the action we need to take to put a brake on global warming, avoid irreversible impacts on our planet and meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C by the end of this century. With the contribution of hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, the report on mitigation of climate change shows that, despite growing warnings, global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise.
This report offers a summary of sessions on climate change and environment at the 14th European Public Health conference. Within its mission as a leading public health organization in Europe, the EUPHA aims to promote and strengthen research in the field of environment-related diseases. The EUPHA Environment and health section believes that the public health sector has the best equipped group of professionals to increase the response and planning capacity in this field.
This report summarises the key messages from the track ‘COVID-19 epidemiology, impact and responses’, and plenary sessions ‘Learning from the pandemic and getting ready for the next one’ and ‘Capturing the breadth and depth of the digital health era – beyond the COVID-19 pandemic’. The 14th European Public Health conference indicated the past and future main challenges that COVID-19 poses and public health has to face
EUPHA is a member of the Coalition for Vaccination. In this joint statement, released for the 2022 Immunization Week, the fact that the benefits of vaccines should be available to everyone and everywhere is emphasized. It is also reminded that it is vital for the control of vaccine-preventable diseases that no one be left behind, especially children.
This report offers a summary of the track on Digitalization in health at the 14th European Public Health conference 2021. In this conference it was hilighted that even though its recognized importance and added value to medical practice, and more specifically to public health practice, there is still a long and sinuous path to walk to arrive at a digital health world. Data is still inaccessible to many, fragmented in different registries, under different wardship, and left without a proper legal framework.
EHMA launched a white paper on the health system burden of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Europe. The white paper presents the study findings on the burden of paediatric RSV in hospitals and the community, and the impact of RSV infection on health systems performance and healthcare resource use over the last three RSV seasons.
The ICH guideline 'General considerations for clinical studies' is intended to describe internationally accepted principles and practices in the design and conduct of clinical studies that will facilitate acceptance of data and results by regulatory authorities, provide guidance on the consideration of quality in the design and conduct of clinical studies across the product lifecycle, including the identification during study planning of factors that are critical to the quality of the study, and the management of risks to those factors during study conduct.