SAPHIRe workshops

Workshop 9: Webinar: Problems and solutions for personalised healthcare in remote, rural, and sparsely populated regions

The uptake of personalised medicine encounters different difficulties according to regional particularities. Especially regions that are remote, rural, or sparsely populated face challenges that are greater than urban or capital regions. Isolated populations may have specific genetic backgrounds that predispose them to particular illnesses. Hospitals may be far away and difficult to reach. Rural populations are often aging populations that may not be sufficiently digitally knowledgeable for receiving care through digital means. If all European citizens are to enjoy the benefits of personalised healthcare, which entails tailoring therapies to patients’ genotypic and phenotypic traits and a shift to preventive medicine, then the infrastructure and institutions of remote, rural, and sparsely populated regions must be equipped to deal with data collecting and sharing, privacy and security issues, patient education, and so on.

The SAPHIRe consortium will organise a series of online interactive workshops on the specific needs in different regions concerning personalised medicine. The topic of the first webinar will be ‘Problems and solutions for personalised healthcare in remote, rural, and sparsely populated regions’, which will be organised on Tuesday 20 April 2021, 10h00-12h30 CET.

The topics discussed will include:

  • Personalised healthcare for remote and rural areas

  • Digital needs and preparedness of GPs in rural and isolated areas

  • Distance-spanning technologies and telemedicine

You can register for the webinar here


10.00 - 10.10:   Welcome + introduction


10.10 – 10.30:  Anna L. Prytherch, Project Manager at Rural Health and Care Wales


10.30 – 10.50:  Professor Adrián Llerena, Scientific Director of the Medea Project


10.50 – 11.00:  Mentimeter


11.00 – 11.20:  Dr Jean Pierre Jacquet, President European Rural and Isolated Practitioners                                                                                     Association (EURIPA)


11.20 – 11.40:  Dr Anna Lundgren, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio


11.40 – 12.00:  Dr Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCODE 


12.00 - 12.10:  Mentimeter


12.10 – 12.20:  Conclusion


After workshop

12.20 – (max 13.00)

Meeting will stay open for moderated discussion between speakers and participants

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium