Penilla Gunther is the initiator of FOKUS Patient® together with a SME Business Network called Combrigade, based on her experience from eight years in Swedish Parliament, ending 2018. She established a “Network for Equal Care” which purpose was to invite and discuss with all parts of the healthcare system, agencies, Life Science companies and not the least, the Patient Movement.
FOKUS Patient® is now beginning to change the environment and experience of patients, and the need of understanding of their context. There cannot longer be patients representing other patients in medical advisory boards or official patient councils, who are perceived as only protecting their personal interests, but as qualified expert patients, well briefed of the Health Care system , patients rights, beside expert knowledge experience from their own diagnosis.
But FOKUS Patient® is also a part of strengthening the ties between Life Science companies, patients, agencies, health care professionals and politics. As an independent actor, FOKUS Patient® is free to discuss any issue, invite all and to co-operate with anyone who shares the same interest: To really put the patient perspective in FOKUS!
In 2020 FOKUS Patient was a finalist in Reuters Events Pharma Awards Europe, in the category of “Patient Champion Award of Patient Advocate”.