This event has been organised by the Latvian Ministry of Health on 7-8 March 2024 in Riga, Latvia.

The 18th Baltic Policy Dialogue, organised by the Latvian Ministry of Health together with the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, has focused on the transformation of primary health care through digitalisation, professional development of its staff and reforms of organisational models. The aim of this model change focuses on improving access, efficiency and health outcomes by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and driving the use of digital tools and innovations to meet the needs of the ageing population.

The event brought together health ministers, senior advisors and decision-makers from the Baltic countries. It was also attended by experts from other organisations to share international perspectives to enrich the development of primary healthcare strategies in the Baltic region.

Since 2004, the Baltic Policy Dialogue has been organised as an annual meeting that brings together a select group of high-level decision-makers in the health sector from the three Baltic states, including health ministers, their senior advisors and representatives of various health authorities. These sub-regional meetings aim to foster the exchange of experiences and best practices, and to create cross-border links and networks.

The Scientific Director of Biosistemak Institute, representing Euskadi, has participated in this 18th edition of the Baltic Policy Dialogue. Ane Fullaondo Zabala has presented the Joint Action JADECARE, finalised in October 2023 and coordinated at European level by Biosistemak. The project involved more than 40 European partners from 17 Member States and had as its focus the transformation of health systems towards more accessible, equitable and sustainable services focused on delivering integrated and person-centred healthcare in Europe.

Following an implementation methodology designed and tested in the framework of the project by the Biosistemak Institute, JADECARE has served to highlight the benefits that a health system can have by introducing innovations and digital tools and contributing to increasing the knowledge about the elements that are necessary to achieve a real transformation of the health system, including Primary Care. During his speech, he presented three success stories that implemented innovative actions based on specific technologies in Primary Care. Three examples aim to be inspiring for other regions, in this case for the health systems of the Baltic countries, which integrate aspects that guarantee their sustainability for the use of technologies in the system.

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