Abstract

AuthorDirectorate-General for Health and Food Safety (European Commission)
Pages4-4
The organisation of resilient health and social care
following the COVID-19 pandemic
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ABSTRACT
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about the resilience of health systems
across t he globe. Many analyses of i ts impact and the responses adop ted have already
been published. The Panel received a mandate to look beyond t he current crisis and
consider how health systems can prepare better for future threats. Specifically, the
mandate requested a new framework for the organisation of health and social care
following the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Opinion (1) identifies the building blocks of resilient health and social care systems,
(2) explores the elements and conditions for capacity building to strengthen health
system resilience, (3) addresses healthcare provision for vulnerable patient g roups and
how to sustain such provision in a system under stress, and (4) sets out an approach to
develop and implement “resilience tests” of Member State’s health systems.
The recommendations target a number of key areas, including: enhancing workforce
training and resilience, reviewing research and devel opment and procurement (especiall y
for innovative medicines), identifying and reducing disinformati on, fostering inter-
professional and inter-sectoral collaboration with community health workers and in formal
care givers for exampl e, integrating information and communication technol ogies across
care level s and public health, streng thening primary and mental heal th care, increasing
public health focus on psychological distress, debati ng methods for Member Sta tes to
collect and share aggregate health data on ethnicity and socioeconomic status,
developing and deploying online trainings for frontline health and social care
professionals regarding care provisi on to vulnerable groups, and finall y investing from
the European Commission in t he development and implementation of (a) comprehensive
resilience t esting of health systems that use qualitative and qu antitative data collection
methodologies to generate meaningful, actionable results for heal th system
transformation, and (b) co rresponding l earning communi ties within and across Member
States to share lessons learned through this process.
Keywords: care organisati on, health care, social care, building blocks, capacit y building,
vulnerable groups, health systems resilience, resilience- testing, ‘SARS-CoV-2’, COVID-19
Opinion to be cited as:
Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health (EXPH), The organisation of resilient
health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 November 2020
© European Union, 2020
ISSN 2315-1404 ISBN
doi:xxxx ND-xxx
https://ec.europa.eu/health/exph/overview_en

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