Establishing the value and business model for sustainable eHealth services in Europe
VALUeHEALTH is closely linked to ongoing policy-related developments in Europe around the digital transformation of health and care in Europe.
Digital transformation of health and care in Europe
Many concepts and principles formulated in VALUeHEALTH fit well with later ideas that were developed in the European Commission’s 2018 Communication on the digitisation of health and care.
They are particularly oriented towards the second pillar of the Communication on better data to promote research, disease prevention and personalised health and care. They also fit with the Communication’s first pillar on citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data.
How EHTEL was involved in VALUeHEALTH
EHTEL was particularly involved in helping to develop an adoption and incentives roadmap. Its work is laid out here.
The focus was on policy, process and organisationally-related aspects of interoperability. To turn initiatives for change into credible, broadly endorsed, and financially sustainable actions, approaches need to be considered that win hearts as well as persuade minds.
Particular emphasis was put on health data quality, health professional trust, and accountability.
The incentives explored were both financial and non-financial.
EHTEL also helped to develop D3.1, Chapter 5, which explored potential adoption challenges and success strategies.
Scaling up of digital health
Two concepts that emerged from VALUeHEALTH are of especial interest to EHTEL members. They relate to future strategic activities in the digital health field and are based on useful tools for scaling-up and for health technology assessment.
The figure/framework (below), referred to as “Recommendations for strategic activities”, is located on p79 of Deliverable 3.2 - Adoption and incentives roadmap.
This figure (below) is located on p86 of Deliverable 3.2 - Adoption and incentives roadmap.
What is EHTEL doing now
EHTEL is very involved in DigitalHealthEurope.
EHTEL continues to work with empirica and the European Institute for Innovation Through Health Data (i~HD) on data quality issues.
Key too is ongoing work with PROGRESSIVE on standards/interoperability, and MAFEIP and other useful assessment and measurement tools.
Many emerging initiatives may of interest to EHTEL members who are from hospitals, regional authorities or associations, or who are interested in personalised health/population health.
This project received EU funding.
For more information visit the project website.