Conference of the Slovenian Council Presidency addresses digital twin technologies and digitalisation in healthcare!
On 15 and 16 July, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised a high-level conference on implementing innovative solutions for resilient health systems. The event, which was organised in a hybrid format, included policymakers, Member States representatives, experts and other key stakeholders.
The discussion revolved around one of the Presidency’s primary goals in the area of health, namely to facilitate the development and implementation of innovative solutions for resilient health systems. The event was opened by the Slovenian Minister of Health Janez Poklukar and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides who said that reform could be achieved through improved collaboration between Member States, together with the technical support and financing from EU programmes. With this, the conference’s objective was to showcase healthcare innovations in the fields of implementation, investment and collaboration.
The event saw comprehensive discussions on the following key topics:
- Complexities and lessons from implementing reforms and innovations at the national level
- Resource mobilisation for healthcare reforms
- Ways for Member States to harness the funding instruments under the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to work towards building resilient health systems
The speakers noted that the COVID-19 pandemic facilitated and accelerated innovation in healthcare, particularly related to healthcare workforce mobilisation and telemedicine. This demonstrates that in certain areas, healthcare systems can be highly adaptable and can undergo rapid changes. Stakeholders are now more than ever open to medical and healthcare innovation which can open doors in sectors that would not have been prone to change if it was not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the focus of the Slovenian Presidency will be aligned with these trends, given that research in strengthening health systems will be among their priorities. In light of this, the Avicenna Alliance highly welcomes the foreseen reinforcement of an ecosystem for digital twins in healthcare as well as the digital transformation of healthcare under the Digital Europe Programme, and is convinced that these objectives could prove fundamental in achieving resilient healthcare systems for our future.