Net4care Session on Collaborative Work to Deliver Patient-Centred Care in Central, South and Eastern European Countries Held at the European Health Forum Gastein
On Thursday, 29th September 2022, Prof. Nick Guldemond from the Leiden University Medical Center moderated a session on the improvement of healthcare services in Central, South, and Eastern European countries at the European Health Forum Gastein. The session was organised by Net4Care, the South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN), and the European Health Union initiative.
The main topic of the session was focused on practical approaches to the local implementation of healthcare services. The Romanian national cancer plan served as a case study to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in the sustainable transformation of healthcare systems and cross-country collaboration for successful implementation and upscaling. Additionally, discussions evolved around sustainable health policy planning in times of political volatility and instability.
Key findings included the need for a bottom-up and top-down approach to make the implementation and upscaling of digitally enabled person-centred healthcare services successful. This multi-level and cross-national strategy can only work if collaboration in a streamlined European Health Union rather than the union of countries with fragmented and isolated health systems is achieved.
The recording of the session can be found here: