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HARMONY: Better care of patients with hematologic malignancies kicked off!

Salamanca, January 19, 2017. Attended by 150 participants from 18 countries the HARMONY project successfully kicked off with a two-day meeting on January 16 and 17.

HARMONY is a European Network of Excellence that captures, integrates, analyses and seeks to harmonize Big Data on various hematological malignancies. The Big Data platform that will be developed is foreseen to enable the rapid definition of promising treatment strategies for individual patients.

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EHA’s advocacy for hematology continues

EHA is entering the next phase of its Hematology Awareness Campaign this fall. Face-to-face meetings will be conducted with EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders in Brussels, to raise awareness in hematology, increase the visibility of EHA, advocate key EHA positions, contribute to important policy debates and build relationships and alliances.

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European Reference Networks, a unique opportunity to take collaboration and patient care in hematology to the next level, was a core topic at EHA 2016

The 21st Congress of the European Hematology Association ( June 9-12, 2016) was abuzz with networking between over 10.000 participants who travelled from all over the world to Copenhagen. The EHA Congress combined sessions and a diverse range of topics around Hematology highlighting state-of-the-art clinical practice, recent advances, new data and views from different stakeholders and international organizations. A hot topic this year were the European Reference Networks.

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Press Release: Economic Burden of Blood Disorders in EU is €23 billion

July 22, 2016 - The Hague, The economic burden of blood disorders across the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland amounts to €23 billion per year. This is the conclusion of two papers published in The Lancet Haematology by the Health Economics Research Centre of the University of Oxford.

Blood disorders represent a myriad of diseases including anemias, coagulation disorders (e.g. thrombosis), bleeding disorders (e.g. hemophilia) and blood cancers (e.g. leukemia, multiple myeloma, lymphoma). In Europe, blood disorders affect around 80 million people.

The total cost of blood disorders consists of healthcare expenditure (€15.6 billion), productivity loss due to illness and mortality (€5.6 billion), and the costs of informal care (€1.6 billion). The latter amount is based on hours of unpaid care provided to people suffering from blood disorders, such as by family or friends. 28% of healthcare costs pertain to medications (€4.3 billion).

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