EURIPHI webinar on 8 May strengthened the dialogue with European health regional authorities

Posted on 04.06.2020

The EURIPHI EU funded project (GA n° 825922) aims to foster access of innovation in European health systems - to respond to common unmet needs - by means of value-based Innovation Procurement.

The EURIPHI Health & Social Care Regions Network was set up, to explore regions’ readiness for using Innovation Procurement as a means to respond to health systems unmet needs.

Learning from this experience was presented during a webinar held on 8 May for regional health authorities’ representatives in Europe.

Questions raised

Are European regions ready for using Innovation Procurement to innovate care delivery in health systems? What are the areas/diseases where innovative solutions could respond to health systems unmet needs? What is the model of cooperation for regions to respond to common unmet needs? What is the best way to ensure sustainability of the Network in the future?

According to the results achieved by EURIPHI, differences in using Innovation Procurement as a strategic tool for regional health policy still occur within Europe. However, regions identified common unmet needs in integrated care and infectious diseases, where innovation might be needed. To respond to common unmet needs via innovation, regions showed interest to cooperate in the pre-tender phase and purchasing decisions should consider the regional/local specificities, including legal frameworks.

The interaction with regional health authorities will continue to provide common responses to policy initiatives and create partnerships.

Discussion outcomes

It was recognised that the EURIPHI Health & Social Care Regions Network could enhance the information exchange on Innovation Procurement as a strategic tool for regional policy. However, more understanding on Innovation Procurement is needed, to fill the gaps in its use within European regions.

For more information on the conclusions of 8 May webinar, contact Isabella Notarangelo or visit the EURIPHI website.