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- Charlie and the Medicine Factory
In the famous final speech from the 1940 movie ‘The Great Dictator’, Charlie Chaplin’s character says: “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible… We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that.”
He continues: “We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery…The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way…We think too much and feel too little.”
- Managing expectations: Hype v. Hope
With modern-day medicine going the way it is - new developments, great science, the advent of personalised medicine and more - there’s little doubt that healthcare can move in the right direction if everything is put in place to allow it to do so.
There are, of course, plenty of barriers to integrating personalised medicine into the EU’s healthcare systems, but perhaps one of the most surprising is a lack of willingness to buy-in to the incredible advances by those who have most to gain down the line.
- Better Regulation in the EU - Are the law aligning?
We are halfway through this European Parliament’s mandate and, as ever, many laws have been voted on centrally with many more to come, but will they actually be effectively introduced at national level in the area of health?
And in the often-bewildering era of ‘post-truth’, it is most definitely time to listen to healthcare experts and stakeholders when it comes to formulating strategies and delivering on promises.
- Unhealthy divisions don’t help access to best healthcare
As we stand, today, post-Brexit vote and with Donald J. Trump newly ensconced in The White House, the divisions in key parts of the Western world are clear and stark.
Across the United States, women (and men) marched in protest after the inauguration of the 45th president, in scenes unheard of for such an event.
- This is the modern world: Time for regulation to move with the times
Almost one year ago, the European Commission (and its independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health) launched a public consultation on a preliminary opinion, which explored “the implications of disruptive innovation for health and healthcare in Europe”. writes Denis Horgan, Executive Director, European Alliance for Personalised Medicine.
It described disruptive innovation as “a type of innovation that creates new networks and players that tend to displace existing structures and actors. It constitutes a real paradigm shift in the organisation of healthcare”.
- Frustrated patients deserve better healthcare strategies
In these times of super science and breakthroughs in genomics, there has never been a better opportunity to give the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine Executive Director Denis Horgan.
Not only that, but increasing patient awareness and knowledge has brought with it new demands on their behalf to be at the centre of their own treatment - part of co-decision making, and a two-way street between the patient and the front-line healthcare professionals, or HCPs.
- Democracy: Would you vote for it?
The surprise (at least to many) election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States has thrown up some very real questions about what constitutes ‘democracy’, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine Executive Director Denis Horgan.
It is not so long ago that Trump, who looked to be heading for defeat, refused to say whether he would accept the result if he lost and, on several occasions, maintained that the election was being ‘rigged’.
- Twelve steps to help cure post-election ills
As the dust begins to settle on election night in the US and what many saw as a shock victory for Donald Trump, Denis Horgan, Executive Director of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine, asks the questions: ’is America broken and can it be cured?’