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The conference is co-organised by the European Commission, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection and the European Health Forum Gastein and will be streamed online with live panel discussions hosted at the House of the European Union in Vienna.

European health systems face numerous challenges today. As they start to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring they come back more resilient, sustainable and effective is imperative. Innovation holds the key to transforming health and care systems and to making them fit for the future. However, implementing innovative solutions from theory to practice can be extremely demanding. These challenges call for a joint vision to foster European collaboration and mutual learning for the successful transfer and implementation of innovations.

The Conference will explore the potential of innovation in governance and finance to strengthen health system resilience and in particular Primary Healthcare in Europe. The panelists will discuss ongoing initiatives and collaborative instruments which European partners can capitalise on to implement innovation. The Conference aims to provide a platform for mutual learning: from sharing successful experiences in the Austrian context of Primary Healthcare to reflecting together on the lessons learnt from COVID-19 across the European continent.

The Conference builds on insights from the initiative to transform Primary Healthcare in Austria supported by the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG Reform) of the European Commission.

 

Details

Start: 9 September 2021
14:00
End: 9 September 2021
16:00
European Health Forum Gastein

Online event

Speakers

Wolfgang M├╝ckstein

Austrian Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
Wolfgang M├╝ckstein

Janez Poklukar

Slovenian Minister of Health
Janez Poklukar

Nathalie Berger

Director DG REFORM, European Commission
Nathalie Berger

Martin Selmayr

Permanent Representative of the European Commission to Austria
Martin Selmayr

Dana Burduja

Senior Health Economist with the Life Sciences and Health Division of the Projects Directorate at the EIB
Dana Burduja

Nick Fahy

Expert Adviser on Innovation and Implementation, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Nick Fahy
  • Nick Fahy

    Nick Fahy is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford and a consultant in health policy and systems, looking at how health systems work; what we can learn between countries; and how to bring about constructive change in health systems. He has over twenty years of experience in European health policy, including ten years in the Health and Consumers Directorate-General of the European Commission where he led work on cancer, rare diseases and cross-border care.  Before joining the Commission, Nick worked in the Department of Health in the UK, and was chief of staff to two ministers.

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Moderation: Dimitra Panteli

Programme Manager European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Moderation: Dimitra Panteli

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