There is an urgent need to start restructuring care delivery, fuelled by factors such as chronic diseases, Europe’s ageing population and health workforce shortages. To tackle the challenges, new care models are needed and their implementation requires essential investments and related strategies. Involvement of a broad range of public and private partners and investors is required, with a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches to realise necessary new care models.
When it comes to implementation of these, two underlying principles are collaboration and partnerships. When all concerned stakeholders – politicians, care authorities, care professionals, citizens/patients, service providers, technology providers and investors – are committed to working together, this should create a favourable environment for the design and deployment of new care models. Regions4PerMed has the overarching goal of acting as a flagship for interregional cooperation in personalised medicine. From this, it will aim to align strategies and financial instruments, identify key investment areas, and release a European regional agenda in order to speed up the delivery of personalised health services to patients and citizens.
Regions4PerMed’s expected impact will be a strengthening of links between European regions setting up or planning personalised medicine healthcare approaches. This will be achieved by ensuring regional representatives interact directly with each other, sharing activities, plans and strategies in respect of personalised medicine, exchanging views and concerns, finding fields of cooperation, and committing to concrete joint cooperation actions in the short-to-medium term. Commitment is clearly crucial for any real and lasting impact and says it will maximise efforts and leverage on already established projects and initiatives. As personalised medicine develops, a number of good practices are emerging, not least regionally, which – individually and collectively – offer insights into how to design and implement successful new models.
Once again, this four-speaker session will encourage debate from the floor with as much interactive attendee involvement as possible.