The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the sustainability and resiliency of health systems and the consequences of health emergencies for all of society. Healthcare systems and innovation policy both need to evolve to address today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare needs.
At Janssen, we believe these challenges present an opportunity to build on the crisis-born willingness to continue to create healthcare systems that reflect the value of health and wellbeing, support innovation, improve population health and strengthen global health security. We look forward to continuing to have a strategic dialogue with governments and the institutions of the European Union and other countries.
Collaboration and improving readiness for future health challenges
All stakeholders should continue the cooperation that was established during covid 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.
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
The adoption of telemedicine across Europe has been rapid in recent years. 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 have a wide array of issues causing delays in patient access to innovative therapies. In a European context this is creating inequality in patient access. We need reforms in HTA methods to better reflect the value of these technologies.
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