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Past events 2008

November 20 , 2008 - PARIS (France)


The European network for Health Technology Assessment, EUnetHTA, has organised a conference on “Health Technology Assessment’s Future in Europe” in Paris on 20 November 2008 at the Institute Pasteur. During the conference, EUnetHTA project results were presented.

HOPE as co-organiser participated in the panel discussion presenting the view on European collaboration for Health Technology Assessment.

November 5-6 , 2008 - LISBON (Portugal)


The Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (APDH) has organized the 2nd International Hospital Congress, under the theme “Innovation and Quality in Health”, during the EUPHA – European Public Health Association pre-conference period.

The sessions focused on the necessity of analysing the changes on the Portuguese Health System, the modernization of the public health network and the appearance of more private healthcare providers. It will be an open space for the exchange of ideas, which will generate the debate on the various fields that constitute the health sector in Portugal.


October 13-14, 2008 - PARIS (France)


Under the French EU Presidency, the French Ministry of Health organised a ministerial conference on the topic “Europe’s Health at the disposal of Patients”. The conference took place on 13-14 October 2008 in Paris, France at the Pasteur Institute.

HOPE chaired the session on Health and cross-border co-operation.
The general aim of the conference was to present the current status of Europeans’ health, patients’ information on safety and quality of healthcare, patients’ rights and mobility, access to healthcare and  cross-border co-operation. All these issues were presented with the perspective of the Community framework on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. The French Minister of Health, Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, and the Health EU Commissioner, Mr. A. Vassiliou opened the conference.

October 1-4, 2008 - BAD HOFGASTEIN (Austria)


The 11th Health Forum tooqk place on 1-4 October 2008 in Bad Hofgastein in Austria. Under the title “Values in health – from visions to reality” common values and their influence on health policy and health care have been discussed. Following the traditional Gastein approach, senior decision makers from policy and administration, business and industry, research and civil society discussed the future of these values in a globalised world and how they work in daily life.

HOPE has co-organised two half days on Quality and safety in healthcare: new challenges for Europe.


September 23, 2008 - PARIS (France)


In the framework of the EUNetPaS project (the European Union Network for Patient Safety), HAS - Haute Autorité de Santé (French Health Authority) as a leader of the project has organised a conference on Patient Safety Developments in the EU. The conference took place in Paris on September 23, 2008.

The first part of the conference was devoted to the presentation of Patient Safety at the international level, which was followed by the Patient Safety Case studies and national initiatives.

The project EUNetPaS, launched on 28-29 February 2008 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, aims to establish an umbrella network of all 27 EU Member States and EU stakeholders to encourage and enhance collaboration in the field of Patient Safety. HOPE is actively involved in the project as a leader of the work package on reducing medication errors in hospitals.

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August 3-8, 2008 - VENICE (Italy)

2008 Summer School of the European Observatory on Health Systems

The 2008 Summer School of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies took place in Venice in Italy from 3-8 August 2008 in collaboration with the Veneto Region of Italy.
The Summer School focused on hospital reengineering and covered topics such as re-designing hospitals; effectiveness, quality and safety in hospitals; planning and managing services across sectors; hospital financing; regulation and governance; measuring and awarding performance and collaboration with communities and other actors. 
The Summer School is targeted at policy-makers, planners, and health professionals and involves a participatory approach with the sharing of insights and experiences. 


June 2-3 , 2008 - STRASBOURG (France)

European Conference "The ever-growing challenge of medical liability:
what national and European responses?"

The Council of Europe’s Public and Private Law Unit (DG-HL Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs), in co-operation with the Health and Bioethics Divisions (DGIII - Social Cohesion), have organised a 2-day interdisciplinary Conference on “The ever-growing challenge of medical liability: what national and European responses?” on June 2-3,2008. 
The aim of the Conference was to gather information, share experiences and examine ways of improving standards of dealing with medical liability in Member States. Furthermore, good practices in the field were examined, which simultaneously secure the individual’s access to the judiciary while ensuring just compensation for any medical malpractice. 
This Conference endeavoured to foster closer and more effective co-operation between the relevant stakeholders dealing with medical liability claims and provide the opportunity to bring the subject before a larger audience. This event will bring together those actors involved in the field of medical malpractice such as representatives of international organisations, legal and medical professions, academic experts, scientists and practitioners along with representatives of civil society involved in the patient’s rights. 

The conference will be divided into 4 different sessions:

Session I     Overview of Medical liability in Council of Europe member states
Session II    The legal approach to medical liability issues
Session III   Existing remedies in Council of Europe member states
Session IV   The role and responsibility of the private and public sectors for financing
medical liability claims

May 28-30, 2008 - PARIS (France)

HOPE Agora 2008 and Evaluation meeting HOPE Exchange Programme 2008

In 2008, the evaluation meeting for participants of the HOPE Exchange Programme, combined with various conferences, has beenorganised in Paris (France) from May 28 to 30, 2008 on the issue of "Improving continuity of care: the role of IT".

Continuity of care can be defined from the patient's point of view as continuous caring relationship with an identified health care professional. For health care providers it can be defined by the delivery of a 'seamless service' through the sharing of information, coordination and even integration between different providers.

Patients usually have to meet several professionals; models of continuity have then to be developed. Continuity in the delivery of care is using various tools such as case-management, multidisciplinary team working and other (new) models of service delivery to improve patient outcomes.

Health care professionals and institutions have designed strategies to support change and approaches to better link and coordinate health care services. They also actively support patients’ participation in their own care. This includes using IT tools; eHealth applications as a tool for coordination.

Those subjects were at the heart of HOPE Exchange programme as well as of the final HOPE Agora, that took place along with the Hopital Expo-Intermedica Exhibition and the Health Information Technologies (HIT) 2008.

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May 14-16, 2008 - BERLIN (Germany)

16th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services:
Hospitals and health services in the health society: Quo vadis, HPH?

Berlin was welcoming on 15 and 16 May 2008 one of those thematic hospital networks that have been for a long time at the forefront of real Europe: the Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH). Its 16th conference showed how topics it has developed for years are only now taken seriously by hospital and health care organizations.

Demographic and economic reasons increased relevance of maintaining and improving health in daily life. At the same time, health is increasingly becoming a driving force for economic growth. The consequences for hospitals and healthcare services are often ambiguous: an increasing focus on treatment on one side and at the same time growing attention on preventing diseases.

With its health promotion perspective the conference covered issues as diverse as patient safety, adapting health service to cultural diversity, the challenges of an ageing workforce or the corporate social responsibility. And the same issues were viewed from different angles: chronic diseases, surgical interventions, mental health, long-term care; hospital staff working condition, children, etc.

The HPH network shows anyway that health promotion, often considered by people to be the core business of medicine and then hospitals, is rather new in the picture. However, by becoming part of the game health promotion face a growing pressure that it should be based upon evidence in the same way as clinical interventions and services, and not on empirical basis, feeling or ideology. And this is quite a challenge.

March 10-12 , 2008 - BERLIN (Germany)

4th Annual World Health Care Congress Europe 2008

HOPE supports the World Healthcare Congress Europe 2008. 600 participants should convene to share best practices for improved delivery and outcomes in Europe.

Organised under the high patronage of the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Health and presented for the 4th consecutive year, the World Health Care Congress Europe is the only major international forum where over 600 health leaders share best practices and successful initiatives for improved delivery and outcomes in Europe. Participating thought leaders include health ministers, leading government officials, hospital directors, IT innovators, decision makers from public and private insurance funds, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and heath care industry suppliers.



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