Rare Hematological Diseases (RHD), covered by ERN-EuroBloodNet, involve more than 450 different diseases, malignant or non malignant, inherited or acquired, with different clinical and etiological features that preclude the use of a unique methodological approach to reach the common goals of the network. Nevertheless, the first working year of our network demonstrated that RHD share common problems including the frequent paucity of publicly accessible repositories of experts and facilities across Europe, leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment, and also gaps in education. Activities developed during the first year of ERN-EuroBloodNet’s activity therefore focused on gathering comprehensive information on experts and state-of-the-art guidelines for diagnostic and treatment procedures, as starting point for subsequent objectives.
The annual programme for the second year is structured in two main directions: a) Expand and exploit the dynamic ERN-EuroBloodNet repository of RHD experts and facilities gathered during the first year. Based on the gaps identified, new actions will be promoted to improve the delivery of best care and promotion of research and patient registries, b) promote continued medical education and patient education (also based on the identification of gaps in this field), especially through eLearning and preceptorships in expert centres. This annual programme will also promote the Clinical Patients Management System (CPMS) among ERN-EuroBlood Members, and help to customize it to the various RHD. ERN-EuroBloodNet will also cooperate with the ERNs coordinators group and other working groups in the field of rare diseases.
Policy reports will be elaborated to facilitate shaping of national health policies in order to improve the delivery of health services and the best allocation of resources needed for specific RHDs.