Our current health care systems are approaching a dead-end situation: rapid demographic change, aging population, changing lifestyles and growing health expenses place countries in urgent need to shift towards more efficient and sustainable care models, with an emphasis on creating value for the patients .
As a consequence, value-based healthcare (VBHC) has taken the spotlight and EIT Health is supporting the change with a number of initiatives. The latest initiative is a publication, called “Implementing Value-Based Health Care: Handbook for Pioneers “ , which aims to help health care providers fully realize the opportunity presented by VBHC and drive forward a medical culture shift in Europe.
Development of this EIT Health handbook has been directed by Professor Gregory Katz of the University Paris, School of Medicine and achieved in collaboration with esteemed experts from across leading European organizations. The new framework is based on several VBHC case studies from some of Europe’s leading healthcare providers. In addition, it includes interviews with more than 200 of Europe’s VBHC leaders, representing a wide array of functions and organization-types across many different healthcare systems. Interview subjects included clinicians, hospital managers, patient representatives, academics, insurers, health authorities, start-ups and pharma / medtech companies from across 22 countries.
The handbook was commissioned by EIT Health under its Think Tank thought leadership forum, which explores the most pressing topics for the health of Europe and its citizens. The launch of the handbook marks the first in a series of activities being launched by EIT Health that are designed to support a step-change in the provision of health care and integrate VBHC as the new norm across Europe.
This autumn, EIT Health Germany is hosting its Annual Symposium , together with EIT Health Innostars, and has chosen Value-Based Healthcare – Improving Outcomes for Patients around Europe , as the conference topic. The event will focus on fostering cross-border cooperation and collaboration, on stimulating discussions on the topic and on exchanging and developing ideas for future joint projects. Furthermore, the event will be a great opportunity to bring novel ideas, knowledge and experiences to the table aiming to support care in an interconnected world and combating some of the biggest challenges in healthcare today, as well as to share results of already ongoing projects on which new EIT Health activities could be developed. Registration is already open and available via thislink.
As every year, partners and EIT Health supported startups can contribute with an Abstract focusing on the conference theme. The chosen projects will then get the opportunity to present themselves on the occasion of the symposium. Interested parties can download the template and find further information here.
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