DAY 1|Tuesday 21 of March 2023

“Pandemic Management and Preparedness – Telemedicine and the Role of Innovative Technologies in Securing a Safer Future”


09:00 – 11:00 am CET

European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Room 6Q1 and Online

Moderated by Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis and Prof. Ratko Magjarevic

09:00-09:10 Welcome and Introduction

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Dr. Leandro Pecchia, President of the European Alliance for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES)

09:10 -10:00 Innovation and technology as getaways for a safer and healthier future 

The impact of COVID -19 and lessons learned

  • Monitoring and mitigating shortages of critical medical devices in the context of a public health emergency

Klaus Kruttwig, Medicines and Medical Devices Shortages Specialist, European Medicines Agency

  • The implications of COVID on different sectors and the challenges for patients and practitioners 

James Kennedy, Public Affairs Director, European Society of Cardiology

Prof. Giuseppe Limongelli, Cardiologist, Luigi Vanvitelli University Hospital, Naples 

  • Connecting society and the role of widespread cooperation in pandemic management 

Dr. Lutz Peschke, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Design, Bilkent University, Ankara

  • Best practices of the pandemic – Telemedicine – An innovative tool for pandemic response and the opportunities it brings for insular and remote areas

Prof. Eleni Kaldoudi, President Elect, EAMBES

Dr. Sofia Bacharakis, Child Psychiatrist, Medical Association of Cyclades

Prof. Georgios Tsakos, Chair of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe 

10:00-10:40 Ensuring European and global preparedness for future crises

  • The role of innovative technologies in pandemic management

Dr. Leandro Pecchia, President of EAMBES

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the MedTech sector – research, innovation and implementation

Alexander Olbrechts, Director of Digital Health, MedTech Europe 

  • Impact on security of supply – the need for European strategic autonomy in medical devices

Mario Gabrielli-Cossellu, Legal and Policy Officer, DG SANTE, European Commission

  • Global pandemic management 

Dr. Adriana Velazquez, Senior Adviser on medical devices, World Health Organisation

Dr. Madison Moon, Healthcare Epidemiologist, World Health Organisation

10:40-10:55 Audience Q&A

10:55-11:00 Concluding Remarks

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Written by : Stelios Kympouropoulos

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