Brings together medical experts from across Europe to share the best advice on how to treat patients with coronavirus
Location: France, Lyon
“Advising doctors on treating COVID patients is easier thanks to the European network”
Before the virus struck, Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou was leading @ERN.EpiCARE, one of the EU’s 24 groups of medical specialists who meet online to decide the best way to treat patients with rare diseases or complex conditions. EpiCARE, for instance, looks at cases of rare and complex epilepsies. Drawing on their expertise, Prof. Arzimanoglou and his team are now busy advising doctors around Europe on how to handle anti-seizure drugs in case a patient with epilepsy also requires antiviral treatment against coronavirus. Collaboration established via EpiCARE made it much easier to organise webinars so that teams from countries like Italy, Spain and France, where the virus first struck, could share experiences with doctors across Europe and beyond. Based on the network model, the EU has also set up the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System, a helpdesk that creates rapid connections across Europe between all healthcare professionals and hospitals involved in the management of coronavirus.