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mHealth and eHealth are becoming realities in Europe: this is demonstrated by the growing size of mHealth apps’ market, by the raising investments in eHealth infrastructures and by the fast adoption, at various degrees, of mHealth applications by patients.

The burden of cancer is also raising: more than 10 million EU citizens are affected by cancer, incidence and prevalence are growing, and the socio-economic impact of cancer heavily burdens both healthcare systems and cancer patients.

The recent political agreement on the text the General Data Protection Regulation and the production of the Privacy Code of Conduct mHealth apps further stir the debate regarding the use of new mHealth technologies within cancer care pathways.

Are cancer patients enjoying the benefits of mHealth?
In which field can cancer patients profit the most from mHealth apps?
Is the regulatory framework supporting the development of useful and safe mHealth apps for cancer patients?
Are there other structural obstacles to the full integration of mHealth apps in the cancer patients’ journey?

ECPC and PatientView asked these questions to a selected, high level panel of experts, with the final aim to assess the status of mHealth in cancer care, and with the ambition to draw few recommendations to EU policy makers regarding the development of mHealth/eHealth in the field of cancer.

The event was hosted by MEP Cristian-Silviu Busoi (EPP, Romania), one of ECPC closest champions within the European Parliament and a knowledgeable supporter of the development of eHealth/mHealth in Europe. 

The event was followed by a cocktail reception. 

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Final programme

List of participants

Speakers’ bio

ECPC position on the Code of Conduct for mHealth apps privacy


The event is part of the initiatives for the
2016 European Week Against Cancer


European Parliament, room 6Q2
16.30 – 18.30

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  • Welcome speeches – The role of the European Parliament in shaping mHealth policy
    Event host: Cristian-Silviu Busoi MEP (EPP, Romania)
    Kathi Apostolidis, ECPC Vice President and Member of the EC Working Group on mHealth Assessment Guidelines
  • Introduction: the value of a European approach to mHealth in cancer
    Speaker: Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of the Health & Wellbeing Unit, European Commission, DG CONNECT @PZilgalvis
    mHealth and cancer: status update
  • Panel 1: Cancer patients’ expectations of mHealth
    Chair: Cristian Busoi MEP
  • Panel 2: Examples of patient-oriented apps
    Chair: Eva Kaili MEP (S&D, Greece) @EvaKaili
    The objective of Panel 2 was to show existing examples of patient-friendly mHealth apps, to provide practical illustrations of how mHealth can positively impact cancer care pathways.
  • Panel 3: Industry perspective
    Chair: Michal Boni MEP (EPP, Poland) @MichalBoni
    • Speaker: Michele Pastore, EU Trade Policy Manager, Samsung
      mHealth and the Code of Conduct: Samsung’s perspective
    • Speaker: Allan Bowyer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, @abowy
      Personalising Treatment Adherence 
  • Audience Debate
    Chairs: Cristian-Silviu Busoi MEP (@EPPgroup) and Kathi Apostolidis (@kgapo)
    The panellists and chairs had the chance to exchange views with the audience in a lively 30-minute Q&A session.
  • Conclusions and closing remarks from Cristian-Silviu Busoi MEP and Kathi Apostolidis.


Event organised in collaboration with PatientView
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