VIRTUAL EVENT: Friends of Europe's State of Europe 2020: the festival of politics and ideas to transform Europe - with Loubna Bouarfa

OKRA CEO Loubna Bouarfa participated in Friends of Europe's State of Europe event on 14th October 2020. She took part in the high-level session "Rethinking World Health Systems". With Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of the World Health Organization), Ricardo Baptista Leite (Founder and President of UNITE, Member of the Portuguese National Parliament and 2015-2016 European Young Leader EYL40), Jean-Luc Lemercier (Corporate Vice-President of Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada & Latin America at Edwards Lifesciences) and Jaana Remes (Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute). It was a fantastic session moderated by the amazing Tamsin Rose (Senior Fellow for Health at Friends of Europe).

Key takeaways

Dr Tedros: “COVID-19 has no borders, healthcare systems need to collaborate worldwide.”

Loubna Bouarfa: “The virus behaves differently across borders, with varied responses from EU states. How can we orchestrate a global effort?”

Loubna’s advice to the EU Health Data Space: “This is the time to move away from specialty-centred towards patient-centred healthcare systems. We should be collecting quality data with the right level of granularity, to inform individualised treatments and a unified global healthcare response. Only then we will move from reactive to proactive healthcare systems empowered by AI.”


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