Issue 368 | 29 April 2013
eHealth, medical devices, entrepreneurship and more...
The use of eHealth tools can contribute significantly towards improving the health and wellbeing of European citizens, Ireland's health minister James Reilly argues in our special eHealth week feature. Reilly says that eHealth "provides significant opportunities to stimulate economic growth, employment, innovation and research and development". Parliament's rapporteur on the health for growth programme Françoise Grossetête adds that, with low medical staffing levels in rural hospitals and decreasing numbers of practitioners in certain specialist areas, "these new technologies are opening the way for assistance to be available in the case of difficult diagnoses". The EPP deputy stresses that, "Even in their simplest forms... these new technologies offer incredible potential when addressing our current healthcare and budgetary challenges."
Sigrid Ligné on why the European soft drinks industry has set high ambitions to make its plastic packaging more sustainable.
New study shows substantial environmental, social and economic benefits, says Antonino Furfari.
The EU's alcohol strategy sets the 'right priorities' and needs only reinvigorating, not reinventing, urges Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.