22. International Congress of the National Health Protection System

The digitization of the healthcare sector is in a phase of dynamic development. More and more countries are already implementing – or in coming years they are going to implement – eHealth strategies, healthcare providers are investing boldly in IT infrastructure and companies and start-ups are introducing increasingly modern mobile solutions to the market. The expectations of patients, doctors and nurses are rising along with their digital awareness. We are witnessing the crystallization of the new healthcare reality, where information serves as a pill with the power to solve many of today’s problems.

We have touched on topics that are crucial for the medical and pharmaceutical market, including:

Electronic Medical Records 2018
Competence of managers and medical staff in the age of digitization
Coordinated health care
False directives and market challenges
Pharmaceutical care in Poland and Europe
Hospital pharmacy

Apart from debates, lectures, workshops and sessions of foreign partners, Innovation Zone, the exhibition of creative solutions in health care.

International Congress of OSOZ is a place where representatives of the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare market organizations, politicians, scientists, doctors and nurses, managers of medical institutions, patients, companies operating in the sector, students of medical schools meet. We talk about the challenges of digitalisation of health, we present practical solutions implemented by market leaders from Poland and Europe, we inform about e-health trends.




fot. Michał Biel



Fot. Michał Biel



What is the most important ?

The e-health development requires common efforts of the all possible partners at all possible levels – as fast as possible. Collaboration is, in that case , not only the key word, but the powerful driver!!!

What kind of collaborations are needed ?


the healthcare measures and solutions are under the Member States competences. So, if we want to take all the opportunities of the e-health – we have to start the cooperation of the Member States as stronger as possible. It can not be obligatory solution – but it should be promoted and function with some incentives for all, which will be ready to participate. I think, that it is possible to find the proper framework for cooperation in the direction to achieve the e-health objectives.

The common work on those matters will allow to better identify the problems, indicate priorities, overcome barriers.


the network of regional and local authorities interested in the healthcare system shift paradigm could be established as a permanent platform for collaboration for those, who want to act together and adjust local possibilities to the digital game changer of e-health. Very often, in many EU countries – the local and regional authorities have the part or – the complex responsibility for healthcare.

It is crucial to help them, to advise them, to empower them – on this way to the e-health implementation.


if – it is the real shift paradigm of the healthcare model – from reactions on diseases to much more preventions, it is crucial to involve all stakeholders: MS, EU institutions, partners as: physicians and patients organisations, representatives of the Academia and business. This is the best way to organise the common promotion of e-health issues, establish the needed demand of the new medical, more personalised services, which can create the positive pressure to start the changes due to the understandable and visible advantages.


we need the transparent and powerful collaboration on conditions for the e-health implementation from the technical side. Probably, as it was done at the area of the “autonomous car” and mobility – we should design and sign the agreement on interoperability, standardisation, certification models, and the new high quality infrastructure: 5G and accessibility of the High Performance Computing Centres for the e-health development in the European Union. All those solutions should be harmonised.

I guess, that this Agreement could be more broader, than only technical challenges – but it depend on the Member States readiness, all partners involvement and the leadership at that area.


it is significant to develop the conditions for the health data processing ( also personal data, which are very sensitive) under the clear principles related to the personal data protection, data ownership and the control, free flow of data ( using secure networks, storages, clouds, and fulfilling all requirements related to the data protection rules from GDPR and the confidentiality of the data mechanisms from the incoming e-privacy regulation). It have to be clear how the anonimization and pseudonimization of the data should function. It have to be clear how to use the mechanisms and the techniques of the legitimate interest – for the research issues. We need to appreciate the existence of the Code of Conduct at the European level, where we have cooperation between all stakeholders focused on the GDPR implementation.

All rules for the health data: collecting, transmitting, processing, using and re-using should be harmonised at the European level.


it is important to develop the new model of the relations between the patients and the physicians. Those both sides are crucial for the proper implementation of the new rules of the healthcare systems based on the mobility and electronic tools. But – those both sides require the digital medical literacy. The strong collaboration focused on that topic is one of the most significant challenge.

It requires the visible public actions, but also – the changes in the curriculas for education.


the technology is developing faster and faster. It is crucial, what kind of the legislative framework we will create. In the competition between technology and legislation – technology is always faster. So, standing vis a vis many new inventions and unpredictable discoveries – we need to take care on the need of the rules, standards, certifications. It does not mean, that in every situation we will need the strong regulation. But some rules could be described in the “soft law” solutions – as guidances from the EU level, the Codes of Conducts in many areas, the self-regulation and co- regulation formulas.

It will be much more useful for the development of the e-health, than starting with concepts of the strong law – from the very beginning.


it is clear – that technology and business are ready to start with e-health solutions in the comprehensive way. But, at the same time it is clear – that we need to find the common approach for the e-health development. It requires – the collaboration, and specially – the collaboration between business and the research area. Using the European money, e.g.from Horizon 2020 for the medical and medicine research is one of the key issue for the future and will be a strong support for the e-health growth.

Michal Boni, MEP

Katowice, 4th April, 2017