Report on Patient-MedTech Dialogue Workshops
24-25 May, Brussels – Belgium
On the 24th and 25th of May, AGORA was represented by its Board Member, Ms. Chryso Kyriakou Yiasoumi, in two very interesting workshops that EPF organized in Brussels about HTA and medical technologies . More than 30 participants from different European patient’s organizations, representatives of EPF, medical technology companies and national associations attended to these two day workshops.
The first day started with three presentations about what is HTA and how does it work and the purpose and the impact of HTA as well as the MedTech perspective and the patients’ perspective. After, it took place a workshop about how we can facilitate the involvement of patients in the assessment of medical devices.
The second day started with a description of the workshop and a presentation from a member of a patient organization of Diabetes type 1. The workshop was about how community care can ensure equal and broad patient access to medical technologies and how medical technologies can facilitate care in the community. The participants were split in two groups and they identified success factors to make community care works. The day finished with a presentation about why does community care works better in some countries than in others.