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Establishing the value and business model for sustainable eHealth services in Europe

Project description

Several large-scale pilots focused on digital health were recently launched in Europe, including initiatives planned and supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which will end in 2020.

VALUeHEALTH focused on establishing how eHealth interoperability can create, deliver, and capture value for all stakeholders. The consortium developed an evidence-based business plan for sustainable interoperability, which included sustainable revenue streams for developing and operating self-funding pan-European eHealth Services beyond 2020. The aim was to identify a sustainable market to scale up cross-border interoperability.

VALUeHEALTH developed models, concepts, business models, plans, and roadmaps through the involvement of experts in the eHealth interoperability field. The project aimed to create a dynamic and sustainable framework where the contribution of standards and standardisation for ICT could be maximised for active and healthy ageing.


EHTEL's role

EHTEL worked with empirica (Germany) on an adoption and incentives roadmap. The task was to identify adoption challenges, success strategies and sustainable incentive schemes. EHTEL contributed to the final business plan through its recommendations and proposals for future CEF work on adoption, incentives and scale-up strategies.
EHTEL invited hospital experts to a workshop which took place in 2017 and explored what incentives can be provided to hospital managers and clinicians to develop good quality data.
Two reports were the outcome:
  • D3.1, Adoption challenges and success strategies: Preparing for a draft adoption and incentives roadmap, Chapter 5. It explored potential adoption challenges and success strategies.
    Open D3.1 report
  • D3.2 adoption and incentives roadmap. The focus was on policy, process and organisationally-related aspects of interoperability. A strong underlying assumption was that, to turn initiatives for change into credible, broadly endorsed, and financially sustainable endeavours, 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.
    Open D3.2 report


Towards the future

EHTEL is now 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.
Many emerging initiatives in this new coordination and support action may interest EHTEL members who are from hospitals, regional authorities or associations, or who are interested in personalised health/population health.

 VALUeHEALTH received funding from the Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 64384


***For more information visit the project website***

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