The European Health Futures Forum has joined the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, as the coordinator of a Europe wide consortium of sixteen organisations who will provide expertise on patient empowerment to the action group on integrated care.
The EIP is a pilot project to increase the average healthy lifespan in the EU by 2 years by 2020. The EHFF joins The EU Innovation Partnership subscribes to three specific objectives:
- Improving the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people;
- Supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems;
- Enhancing the competitiveness of EU industry through business and expansion in new markets.
The EHFF shares these objectives as it seeks to promote innovation, a cross-sectoral approach to health and use of futures methodologies in broadenng the scope of health policy. It operates on an open source bases and seeks to build networks across stakeholder groups in different European countries.
Following the recent second call, the commitment offered by the Consortium which EHFF coordinates has been accepted and EHFF along with a representative from EPF (European Patient’s Forum) and from CBO (Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement) will represent the Consortium at the next meeting of the integrated care Action Group in Brussels on June 7th. The EHFF is pleased to be part of this new Action and having a positive impact on European healthcare.