The COVID-19 crisis has been a huge strain on both healthcare systems and health workers. We think that we all have a responsibility to work together to strengthen global health security and create innovation pacts with society that foster progress and enable lasting change.
Collaboration and improving readiness for future health challenges
All stakeholders should continue the cooperation beyond the current crisis to prepare for future health challenges and health security crises.
We need further global cooperation on the development, testing, approval and production of vaccines and treatments. Policymakers and the industry should continue working together to ensure appropriate mechanisms are in place to accelerate the rapid deployment of effective interventions across the globe.
We also need to ensure that the healthcare of patients suffering from other diseases is not compromised during times of worldwide crisis.
Further research collaborations and efforts are needed to address tomorrow’s unmet needs and progress scientific advances. Innovation should be encouraged through regulatory and innovation policy solutions, such as:
- Accelerated regulatory approvals for high unmet medical needs
- Acceptance of innovative clinical trial designs
- Dynamic regulatory assessments
- New pathways to personalised medicines and biomarker validation
- Greater regulatory harmonisation and reliance, especially in low- and middle-income countries
- Acceptance of real-world evidence in regulatory (and other) decision-making
“This pandemic has catalysed a spirit of collaboration and demonstrated what can be achieved when society comes together with one common goal”
Anouk De Vroey
Senior director, government affairs & policy EMEA, Johnson & Johnson
There has been a transition to telemedicine at a speed previously unheard of. Remote consultations and monitoring have provided an alternative to hospital visits, showing that digital options have the potential to free up resources in healthcare systems, and enable patient-centric solutions that people can receive in their own homes.
Health data collection is key for real-time disease diagnosis and tracking, epidemiological research or treatment discovery. We need to standardise health data as findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, and, more than ever, create a European Health Data Space based on a federated network, while safeguarding privacy.
Continued digitalisation has the potential to lead to accelerated adoption of early diagnosis, enhanced screening programmes and advancing personalised care.
Supporting value-based healthcare
Methods are needed to define and agree on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess and track healthcare systems’ performance to improve patient and population health.
We believe value-based healthcare approaches can help ensure better population health outcomes and improved patient experience, while at the same time promoting sustainability by making better use of available resources.
The use of real-world data (RWD), from sources such as electronic health records, genomic information (information about a patient's DNA) and patient-derived data via apps, on a vast scale, may help improve decisions and consequently populations’ health.
In many countries, Health Technology Assessment processes and methodologies are not adapted to innovative therapies, creating patient access delays. We need reforms in HTA methods to better reflect the value of these technologies.
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