Membership is an attestation that we belong to the modern Latvian business community.
Dace Silava-Tomsone, Managing Partner, COBALT
Healthier population and workforce drive the economic development of the country.
In 2023, the Ministry of Health formulated a Digital Health strategy, which was discussed in the Digital Health Council. During the Council meetings and discussions, AmCham has presented a supportive stance on Digital Health by clearly defining priorities and responsible organizations with a timeframe for implementing the agreed scope of developing a sustainable digital health environment in Latvia, interoperability, and standardization of health data within Latvia's Digital Health ecosystem to facilitate secondary data usage as well as enhancing the user experience of the Digital Health ecosystem to support users rather than create additional challenges.
September & November 2022
In 2022 AmCham held a series of events aimed at raising awareness of value-based procurement in Latvian hospitals. The event series is based on the VBHC concept AmCham released earlier in 2022. The series kicked off with a webinar on September 22 and continued with a workshop on November 2 gathering international and local experts to share best practices in the area.
On July 7, AmCham has co-signed a memorandum to enhance the implementation of the digital health ecosystem in Latvia along with the Ministry of Health, National Health Service and 17 other organizations. The memorandum was presented at the Digital Health Day on July 7. AmCham will continue to contribute towards the direction of VBHC, data harmonization and an ecosystem approach that puts patient wellbeing at the center. To view the memorandum (in Latvian).
On May 11, AmCham released a position on sustainable, effective and equitable healthcare financing by proposing to align healthcare funding to the EU average to ensure improved patient care and introduce a value-based healthcare financing model and integrated healthcare approach. To view the position in Latvian and English.
On May 2, AmCham in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health of Riga Stradins University released a White paper on Value-based healthcare (VBHC). The launch event included presentation of the document and a discussion among stakeholders. By summarizing best international practices and terminology, the White paper aims to improve the existing model of healthcare delivery and organization.
To revisit the videos of the event pesentations and discussion!
To view the VBHC White paper in Latvian
To view the executive summary in Latvian and English.
On November 26, the Chamber held the second annual Health Data Summit Riga to support the digital transformation of healthcare in the benefit of a patient that was organized in close partnership with the Ministry of Health and National Health Service. The summit highlighted a myriad of inspirational health innovations and discussed ways to foster public-private partnerships that can enable acceptance of digital solutions. The summit was watched by over 3000 viewers across the globe. It was hosted by AmCham, the Ministry of Health in Latvia, the National Health Service in cooperation with Novartis Baltics, Microsoft Latvia and Roche Latvija. Partners: Janssen and Medtronic, and supporters AbbVie and Amgen. To revisit the summit!
On October 7, AmCham released a position calling for sustainable investments in healthcare in order to ensure healthy nation and economic growth. We propose to increase public funding for healthcare by considering to link the healthcare budget to the GDP growth as well as providing the necessary funding for the fight with oncological diseases. To view the position statement Latvian and executive summary in English.
Based on our vision statement on Vision statement on Latvian healthcare, this year the AmCham Healthcare work group is focusing on carrying out five projects:
Each of those projects is led by a smaller work group. Read more and sign up for projects
On November 26, AmCham together with the Ministry of Health and the National Health Service held the first Health Data Summit Riga that raised the much-needed debate about data usage in healthcare. Thanks to the extensive inspiration and knowledge gained during the summit a roadmap for digital health strategy will be created. At the conference leading international experts highlighted the importance of data quality and explore ways to implement digital health data strategy in healthcare policymaking. It was organized by AmCham Latvia, the Ministry of Health, the National Health Service in cooperation with Novartis Baltics and Roche Latvija. Partners: The Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, Microsoft Latvia, AbbVie, Janssen and TVNET. Revisit the summit!
AmCham is based on values and behaviors that enable its members to fulfill a common purpose - a sustainable and transparent business environment, and we are truly proud to be a part of this growing community.
Edgars Skvariks, Corporate Public Affairs Manager at Bayer