Euro-Sante :: Euro-Health

The unrest in France over plans to raise the retirement age in 2018 to 62 contrast sharply with higher retirement ages in other countries and corresponding moves to increase retirement ages in the future. What the protests ignore is the real importance of continuing to be active as we age. There are specific problems people… » read more

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Health literacy is moving up the political agenda at the European level, and the hope as always is that the direction of travel is truly empowering for citizens. Having been involved in launching the world’s first digital interactive health channel for public access, in the UK in 2000, one thing I learned is not to… » read more

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I once wrote about “on-demand, real-time, location-independent” healthcare. Today, we often think of this in the context of e-health or telehealth. The essential capability behind this string of terms was to capture the way that the ‘information value chain’ (digital information technology) could influence how healthcare is delivered. An interview I gave in Euractiv added… » read more

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The ERRIN innovation event, The Hospital of the Future, 2 March 2010, explored the future of the hospital as a recipient of financially and environmentally sustainable investment. The key outcome for me, as one of the moderators of the event, was the emerging view of the hospital as a major innovator within their local/regional economies.… » read more

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I had the distinct honour of speaking at and participating in a panel discussion at the European Foundation for Management Development conference at Advancia, in Paris recently. An informed group assembled to hear from entrepreneurs and academics. I was impressed with the work of Advancia and the support it gets from the Paris Chamber of… » read more

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Writing about health issues also means thinking about how people learn — we all want our health professionals to be highly trained and educated. We are also generally mindful that talent should prevail over privilege. Such appears to be an issue for President Nicholas Sarkozy of France and the elitist Grandes Ecoles that enable the… » read more

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We are all innovators now. Gone, surely, must be the days of free-riders, of subsidised mediocrity and creative malaise. A new world beckons. But doubts remain. I had the privilege of moderating an excellent post-Lisbon event on innovation for ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network. What was so exciting was to hear from… » read more

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