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The TO-REACH Consortium is pleased to share its draft Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The SRA has the ambition to address the increasing challenges faced by health systems, directed to those research areas of major relevance in the coming years. 

In particular, the TO-REACH SRA provides a European strategy to advance our knowledge and understanding of the adoption, implementation and potential scale-up of service and policy innovations while also addressing their translation to other settings within and across countries. 

TO-REACH is also launching an online consultation on its SRA. The aim of the consultation is to gather inputs on the document from a wide range of stakeholders to move towards the development of a future EU joint research programme on health services and health systems research.

The consultation will be open until 28th June 2019 !

Click on the links below to download the SRA and access the consultation!

On 9th May 2019, EU leaders met in Sibiu, Romania to reflect on the Union’s political aspirations and  to prepare the "strategic agenda" for the next five years. 
The 27 EU leaders agreed on the need to support high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare through the digital transformation of health systems. The also discussed the need for EU rules on pharmaceuticals to keep the pace with scientific developments, combat antimicrobial resistance, address shortages of medicines and improve availability, affordability and access to therapies. Finally, they agreed that the EU should also support Member States in their efforts to make their health care systems effective, accessible and resilient, through digital transformation.
To read the full document, please click here and follow this link for the press release. 
Digital information plays a growing role in the society, and citizens' digital health literacy is an essential element for successful eHealth deployment. Health literacy is the ability to look for, understand, appraise and apply information related to health care, prevention or health promotion.
The IC-Health project was a Horizon 2020 project aimed to develop a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to help improve the digital health literacy of European citizens and to advance understanding of digital health literacy and how it can be used to improve health outcomes.
The project provided a large amount of analyses and resources on digital health literacy, and Rapporteur Renate Heinisch mentioned IC-Health several times in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) own initiative opinion on Digital Health Literacy.

To read the full document, please follow this link.
Outcomes of the WHO regional meeting in Amman, Jordan
The Twitter account of the DISH Project was launched

The World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO/EMRO) organised a three-day regional meeting on "Developing Regional Strategic Framework for Action for the Hospital Sector in the Eastern Mediterranean Region” from 19-21 April 2019, in Amman, Jordan.
The Regional Strategic Framework aims to assist Member States to improve hospital performance through a range of priority policies and actions at both system and facility (hospital) levels.

Find out more

A wide range of eHealth solutions have been developed and proposed so far, with the objective of ensuring good quality care, despite the decrease of resources due to the demographic demand. The DISH Project, funded under the Erasmus+ Programme, aims at tackling the shortage of  innovation readiness and digital skills in healthcare staff by equipping them with digital competences, enabling them to use and implement e-health solutions supported by national  digitalisation strategies.

Follow the DISH Project on twitter
For #EHMA2019 we have been working over the last year with several partners to be able to put together diverse and unique sessions, providing rich contents and an interactive programme.
Expand your network at #EHMA2019, boost your knowledge and share experiences!

Semmelweis L-EAD Summer school -
Be part of the digital boom in healthcare!

Health Services Management Training Center at Semmelweis University is glad to announce a two-week long summer school program, titled "L-ead - Leveraging e-health workforce by advanced skills”. The Summer School focusses on strengthening e-skills and leveraging the digital health workforce by using innovative mixed education methods. Transversal skills required to adapt the advanced technologies in cross-border healthcare and health workforce development will be discussed in order to understand the complex environment and the benefits of digital ecosystems. Participants will internalise essential e-skills via interactive group works, case studies and a digital health challenge.
No tuition fee is required, so do not miss this opportunity! More information at this link.
Apply here by 19th May!
On 12-14 November 2019, the European Patient’s Forum will hold the first ever European Congress on patients' involvement. This event will be driven by leading representatives of the patient community, and patient experts. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for dialogue, engagement with a wide range of health players who aspire to make patient involvement a reality. This Congress is aimed at exchanging ideas and good practices in patient empowerment and involvement, moving forward on the much-needed policy commitments in this area, gaining a greater and genuine understanding of the wealth of expertise that patients bring to health systems’ design and strengthening, and much more!
Find more information here
Oxford, UK  – 23-28 June 2019 
Brussels, Belgium – 3 July 2019
Venice, Italy, 21-27 July 2019
Europe, 25-31 May 2019

On 14th May, EHMA Policy and Communications Manager Michele Calabrò joined the EU City-Labs  and Health First Europe event 'A Greener Health: how to foster environmental sustainability in Healthcare'.

The topic will also be at the centre of our #EHMA2019 Annual Conference, with dedicated stream and sessions!
The EHMA Team
Federica, Kristien, Michele, Nadia, Adrianna, Flavio, Tijana
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