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home tele monitoring devices

Posted on 08.12.2010

The potential role of home monitoring devices in active and healthy ageing

As one of the baby boomers and firmly fingered with responsibility for both the healthcare funding and pensions crises, it is with a very personal interest that I look at emerging trends in care of the chronically sick and ageing. Age unfortunately means collecting co-morbidities, hopefully minor ones, and dealing with them in a way […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Global Value

Posted on 01.12.2010

An often heard but seldom fully-understood story…

A new report by the OECD makes sobering reading as it makes the point that continued expansion of spending in developed countries is unsustainable. Reading the reported highlights, a couple of statements jumped out at me. “Healthcare costs are escalating rapidly, driven by population aging, rising relative prices and costly developments in medical technology. Public […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 19.11.2010

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, John Dalli, made a typically balanced speech about his vision for health on the European agenda at a meeting organised by Friends of Europe. The high-level summit entitled ‘An Innovative Healthcare Agenda for Europe’,  was held this week in the magnificent setting of the Bibliotheque Solvay, in the heart of […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 22.10.2010

Doors of opportunity open for medtech

The build up to last week’s MedTech Forum in Brussels was frenetic for the Eucomed team and left us all exhausted for the weekend. The new week brings time for reflection and some satisfaction at a job well done. It was always our objective to generate a high level of informed debate and bring stakeholders together from different perspectives.

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Access Value

Posted on 01.06.2010

The real worth of medical technologies

The blogosphere has been driven into a foment over the last week or so by a paper by Groeneveld et al entitled ‘Increasing Use of Cardiovascular Devices and Rising Health Costs’. Its conclusions are interesting but, I suggest, not conclusive of anything which should prompt policy makers to ask further questions. Discounted for inflation the […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 10.02.2010

Dreaming of health equality across the EU?

An ageing frequent traveller (this time sat on a plane taking me from frigid Brussels to what I hope will be altogether better conditions in Southern Spain) I am often exercised by what would await me if I were to get sick on my travels. Like most citizens of the EU-15, I would probably seek […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Global Value

Posted on 27.03.2009

Ageing and health: challenges ahead

Today at the European Business Summit in Brussels a workshop was organized focusing on health entitled “Ageing and health: Pay for the grey”. The distinguished panel included Androulla Vassilliou, European Commissioner for Health, AGE, the European Older People’s platform, and the Japanese ambassador to the EU and last but not least industry representatives. Not surprisingly, […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed