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European healthtech experts meet to reaffirm the importance of health data to accelerate the development of patient care


Paris, 16 june 2021HealthTech For Patients, the European conference on healthtech that takes into consideration the role of patients took place on 7 June in a digital format. This new event, organised by HealthTech For Care endowment fund, brought together a panel of European players and experts from the health ecosystem to discuss the theme of health data for medical innovation. True to its mission of general interest, HealthTech For Care is making the entire HealthTech For Patients conference available online to everyone.

For its first edition, HealthTech For Patients was a great success with more than 236 participants connected across Europe in 23 countries. This event with a European dimension was supported by the European institutions represented by Ioana-Maria Gligor, Head of Unit for European Reference Networks and Digital Health at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE).

As highlighted by M. Andrzej Rys, Director for Health systems, medical products and innovation, DG SANTE: « A well-functioning health data space will help Europe unlock the potential of its health data to provide its citizens with better and more innovative healthcare services. »

A European framework for health data: the European Health Data Space

This conference comes at a time when the covid crisis has shed new light on the issue of patient access to care and the role of health data in accelerating the development of treatments. This situation has accelerated the work on the development of a European health data space. This legal and regulatory framework, which is essential for the protection, use and sharing of health data in Europe for patients and the health industries, was recalled by Ioana-Maria Gligor and Ander Elustondo Jauregui in their introductory remarks to the conference.

Reviewing the important developments underway at European level in the field of health data, the Head of Unit for European Reference Networks and Digital Health at the European Commission recalled the steps that led to the creation of this European Health Data Space and the challenges that Europeans must face in order to work together and build a Europe of health data that protects patients’ rights.

The Health Data Hub, which participates in the European Joint Action “Toward a European Health Data Space” (TEHDaS) for the development of a health data space based on citizens’ understanding and trust, presented its activities and objectives at this conference through Caroline Guillot, Deputy Director of Associations and Citizen Relations of the French health data platform.

Patients invested and involved in their health data

The event, which was structured around two round tables, gave the floor in turn to doctors, scientists, representatives of patient associations and health data stakeholders who shared their views on the methods and spaces for sharing anonymous health data, which have become essential to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for the patient.

Through their experiences of the disease, research or clinical trials, these actors emphasized the importance of working together and associating patients and patient associations to improve knowledge of the disease, the daily life of the patient and to advance research and the development of therapeutic solutions for the treatment of their disease and its management.

“We are proud to have brought together such different players in the European health ecosystem to highlight the role of patients in the use and processing of health data. We look forward to seeing you next year for a new edition of this meeting which aims to contribute to giving patients their full place within the European healthtech ecosystem in order to fully involve them in the development processes of health innovation in Europe”, said Maryvonne Hiance, President of the HealthTech for Care endowment fund.


Introduction :

Speakers :

Maryvonne Hiance
President of HealthTech For Care
Pascale Maisonneuve
VP Stratégie réglementaire at LallianSe
Ioana-Maria Gligor
Head of Unit European Reference Networks and Digital Health at European Commission
Conférence animée par Alison Munro

1st round table:
“Methods and governances on health data to develop faster technologies that meet patient’s needs”

Speakers :

Caroline Guillot
Deputy Director of Association and Citizen Relations at Health Data Hub
Marta Garcia Manrique
R&D Chief Patient Officer at Servier
Hervé Michel
Director of MADoPA
Estefania Cordero
Project Communications Officer at European Patients’ Forum
Table ronde modérée par :
Anca Petre
Founding member at 23 Consulting & MedShake Studio

2nd round table:
“Data usage in clinical trials for innovative treatments: how to ensure data access and optimize their use to improve patient care? “

Speakers :

Jérôme Van Biervliet
Managing Director at VIB
Luc-André Granier
Chief Executive Officer at PannTheraPi
Daniel Tanesse
Président de CMT-EUROPE (ECMTF)

Moderators :
Christian Policard
President of CMT-EUROPE (ECMTF)
Erik Tambuyzer
Innovator in human healthcare and focus on rare diseases

Conclusion :

Christian Policard
Founding Partner of Biotech Developpement Conseil

About HealthTech For Care

The HealthTech For Care Endowment Fund is designed to support and promote access to care for all and, in particular, new medical technologies and drugs. The missions of the endowment fund are organized around three main areas: supporting the development of the entire healthcare ecosystem, accelerating the development of innovative therapies and medicines, and promoting better access for patients to the healthcare system in France and Europe.

About France Biotech, Founder of HealthTech For Care

Founded in 1997, France Biotech is an independent association that brings together HealthTech entrepreneurs and their expert partners. It actively contributes to meet the many challenges of the HealthTech industry (i.e. companies’ financing, innovation-related taxes, regulatory and market access related issues) and offers concrete competition and solutions through its commissions and working groups. The goal is to help startups and SMEs become international leaders capable of rapidly developing and bringing innovative solutions to patients.

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