This year was a special EMSP’s Annual Conference, since the organisation also celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Throughout the years, this event has become a ‘to-go-to’ meeting for patients, healthcare professionals, industry, patients’ organisations, policy and decision-makers and key opinion leaders in the field of MS. In 2019, the EMSP Annual Conference brought together 172 delegates from 32 European countries between 9-11th May, in Vilnius, Lithuania. It provided a platform to engage in a dialogue on the needs of the people with MS, and how the issue should be addressed politically both at European and national level.This year’s Conference theme was Digital Health in MS Management, raising the following topics:
Currently, the means used to follow and treat MS are not optimized. The patient assessment relies on a score coming from medical standards tests (MSFC, EDSS, etc.), which are hard and lengthy to conduct and present several limitations. We strongly believe that connecting health data across Europe to support evidence-based care will bring a difference in the quality of care received by MS patients.
Furthermore, digital applications and health records empower individuals to better understand and manage their health and well-being. Technologies and digital tools are allowing healthcare professionals to deliver services remotely, thus improving access and facilitating communication between patients and healthcare professional.