Side Event at ESP2024 Congress

Name: Tackling the implementation gap for the uptake of NGS and advanced molecular diagnostics into healthcare systems: The Role of Pathology and Medical Laboratories

Location: Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy

Date: September 6th, 2024

Time: 08.30 – 17.00 CEST

You can find the agenda here.

You can register for the event here.

Purpose: Radical new possibilities of improved treatment of cancer are on offer from an advanced medical technology already demonstrating its significance – Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). This refined testing provides unprecedentedly precise diagnosis and permits the use of focused and highly personalised treatment. But across regions in the EU, many cancer patients will continue to be denied the benefits of  advanced molecular diagnostics, NGS and liquid biopsy as long as some of the yawning gaps in its implementation remain unattended, in particular in the area of pathology. Achieving the transformation of care for patients with this novel approach requires that conditions for increased deployment are met – and that depends on many stakeholders, ranging widely across policymakers, the medical and scientific community and patient organisations, and at national and international level.   

Within different regions in the EU, getting those conditions right can be helped by linking efforts made at EU level – where patients have needs and where care is delivered – and at a EU as well at a global level, where major policy initiatives in the health field are underway or in preparation, many of them offering direct or indirect pathways for building those conditions. The challenges for countries and at EU level are linked because putting the solutions into effect is highly dependent on cooperation between national cooperation and EU levels – and could be hindered by shortfalls in interpretation or understanding.  

Focus: to address this issue through three interactive plenary sessions that put the labs and pathology at centre stage.  This include:

  • Plenary Session I: Public & Private Sector Collaboration
  • Plenary Session II: Reimbursement, Funding for labs & testing
  • Plenary Session III: A policy framework to empower digital pathology in the EU

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You can find the agenda here.

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