DIGITAL DOCUMENTATION AS KEY ENABLER FOR VALUE BASED CARE: WHERE DO WE STAND TODAY
Value based health care is about providing the optimal care to the right patients, maximising patient outcomes while reducing overall treatment cost. We begin to see VBHC in Europe but in order to scale it we need to further develop three key elements: access to structured patient data, value assessment methodologies, and matching reimbursement models.
Looking specifically at data: in order to benchmark, monitor and improve patient outcomes and cost of care on large scale, the patient data needs to be in a digital format, structured using common semantic principles and made accessible for secondary purposes (beyond care).
Today, a number of initiatives led by EC, the member states and international organisations aim to improve standardisation, digitalisation and access to patient data including use for secondary purposes, including (just to name a few) the eHealth Network, EHR4CR, EMIS, EUnetHTA.
Aside from health care provider generated data we are also facing a surge of data coming from medical and consumer devices such as wearables and from consumer driven apps. It is of key importance to understand their future impact and plan solutions and business models to support their full use in a way that drives VBHC.