Rationale of the Project
The project Regions4PerMed contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the European strategy launched in 2011 with the European Council Conclusion: Towards modern, responsive and sustainable health systems (2011/C 202/04) on and modernisation of the European Healthcare system. In the 2011/C 202/04, particular stress is put on the role of strategic investments in healthcare and the importance of an integrated and interoperable health data sharing system.
The paradigm of Personalised Medicine tends to be a basic/translational research approach. Besides, as we develop a system that uses data and technology to provide personalised care, the concept becomes broader and needs to involve many other variables such as policy, regulation, industry, technologies, and patient associations.
PREVENTIVE and PREDICTIVE system
A better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transforming the quality and reducing the cost of health and care services. It can give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing, empower careers, reduce the administrative burden for care professionals, and support the development of new medicines and treatments.
In other words, the real challenge for national and regional authorities is to tackle the shift from a REACTIVE healthcare system (based on episodic and acute care model) to a PREVENTIVE (stratifying at-risk individuals and ensure that preventive action is taken to intervene well before the onset of symptoms, let alone illness) and PREDICTIVE (leverage and integrate cutting-edge technologies to not only stratify risk, but even predict risk and intervene even further upstream) system
In the face of this potential huge leap forward, the fact that personalised health lacks the cooperation at regional level and coordination needed to organise the still very fragmented field is a severe drawback to its development and for placing investments in an effective manner. For this reason, it is crucial to direct major efforts towards coordinating and aligning regional stakeholders (public institutions, governments, industry, civil society, patient organisations) in personalised health action across Europe and beyond in order to:
- Create a participatory approach
- Build trust
- Enable a multi-stakeholder process
- Channel investments towards Personalised Health