return to Forum Europe website


Print page

European Steering Group for Sustainable Healthcare


Supported by




Acting together – Roadmap for sustainable healthcare

19 March 2015, 8.30 to 17.30

Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels


Thursday 19 March, 2015


08:30 – 09:15

Registration, Welcome breakfast and Sustainability Exhibition

09:15 – 09:25

Welcome to the conference

09:15 – 09:25

Introduction by the Moderator of the conference

Dr. Sarah Jarvis, General Practitioner, London, medical writer & broadcaster

09:25 – 10:45

Session 1: Acting together: A roadmap towards sustainable healthcare

09:25 – 09:30

09:30 – 09:40

1. Acting together to face today’s societal changes: A multi-stakeholder approach towards sustainable healthcare

Pascale Richetta, Vice President, AbbVie Western Europe and Canada Operations

09:40 – 10:00

2. An evidence-based process: Presentation of the European Steering Group’s White Paper and key findings

Prof. Walter Ricciardi, White Paper on Sustainable Healthcare Rapporteur and Professor of Public Health, Sacred Heart Catholic University, Rome

10:00 – 10:15

3. Sustainable Healthcare: A call to action from the European Steering Group

Mary Harney, Chair of the European Steering Group, Former Health Minister of Ireland

10:15 – 10:45

Interactive public Q&A

All European Steering Group members

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:10 – 12:20

Session 2: “Challenge accepted”: Inspirational transformations of healthcare systems in Europe

11:10 – 11:15

Opening remarks

Dr. Mary Baker, Former President, European Brain Council

11:15 – 11:30

1. Breaking silos: Technology at the service of health

Walter J.P. van Kuijen, MSc, MBA, Senior Vice President, Global Government & Public Affairs, Philips

11:30 – 11:40

2. The use of data to prevent, treat and deliver care

Sören Olofsson, Swedish Ministry of Health

11:40 – 11:50

3. How sharing decision-making between doctors and patients can improve outcomes and efficiency

Prof. Michael Dixon OBE, Chairman of the College of Medicine, Chair of the NHS Alliance, UK

11:50 – 12:00

4. International care models and policy implications

Dr. Rafael Bengoa, Director DEUSTO Business School Spain, former Health Minister, Basque Country, Spain

12:00 – 12:20

Panel & public discussion

Led by Dr. Mary Baker and Dr. Sarah Jarvis


12:20 – 13:20

Session 3: The policy response for sustainable healthcare

12:20 – 12:25


Jeremy Wilks, Producer, Presenter and Director, Euronews

12:25 – 12:35

1. The EU added value: The European Commission’s view on sustainable healthcare

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health

12:35 – 12:45

2. A sustainable contribution of the healthcare industries to the European economy

Carsten Bermig, Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska

12:45 – 12:55

3. Member states’ commitments to sustainable healthcare

Egita Pole, Understate Secretary, Republic of Latvia and EU Presidency

12:55 – 13:05

4. Regional responses to improving healthcare sustainability

Solange Ménival, Vice President, Aquitaine Regional Council, France; the College of Health Sciences at the University of Bordeaux

13:05 – 13:20

Interactive public Q&A

Led by Jeremy Wilks

13:20 – 14:20

Networking lunch and exhibition + Press briefing

14:20 – 16:30

Session 4: A focus on concrete initiatives to improve healthcare sustainability in the fields of prevention, citizen empowerment and reorganisation of delivery of care

14:20 – 14:30


Prof. Martin McKee, European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

14:30 – 15:00

1. Investing today – benefiting tomorrow:

14:30 – 14:45

E-FEM - The European Future of Elderly Model: a dynamic micro-simulation model

Prof. Vincenzo Atella, Professor of Economics at the University of Rome

14:45 – 15:00

The Early Intervention Clinic in Spain

Dr. Juan Jover, Head of Rheumatology, Hospital Clínico, San Carlos, Spain

15:00 – 15:15

2. Citizens’ responsibility and empowerment: Polish experiences based on the “Healthy–Active-Constructive” project

Jakub Golab, Adviser to the Management Board, Healthy Ageing Foundation, Poland

15:15 – 16:00

3. Reorganisation of healthcare delivery

15:15 – 15:30

An integrated patient care approach

Prof. Hilary Thomas, Chief Medical Advisor, KPMG

15:30 – 15:45

Hospital efficiency: a new way of delivering care

Dr. Apostolos Letsios, General Manager, Agios Andreas Hospital, Greece

15:45 – 16:00

How caregivers transform care

Frank Goodwin, Adviser and Former President, Eurocarers

16:00 – 16:20

Public discussion around the concrete initiatives and conclusions

Alberto Colzi, Vice President, AbbVie Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
Mary Harney, Chair of the European Steering Group
Prof. Walter Ricciardi, European White Paper Rapporteur

Discussion led by Prof. Martin McKee and Sarah Jarvis

16:20 – 16:30

Concluding remarks

Pascale Richetta, Vice President, AbbVie Western Europe and Canada Operations

16:30 – 17:30

Reception with inspirational speaker

Chris Moon, MBE
Former team leader for the Halo Trust responsible for clearing landmines in Asia and Africa, Chris Moon was blown up by a deep landmine in Mozambique, losing a leg and an arm. Chris will talk about challenging the concept of limitation, as well as his experiences as a patient.



Thursday 19 March, 2015
08.30 to 16.45




La Bibliothèque Solvay

Parc Léopold
Rue Belliard 137
1040 Brussels

Google location map



Forum Europe