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A greying Europe needs to empower patients and take advantage of new technology to make healthcare more effective and less costly, panellists concluded at the launch of our Smart (dis)investment in Healthcare report on 7 November.
The Friends of Europe report resulted from a series of working groups and other contributions ahead of next year’s European elections. It has two focal points: smarter investment to achieve better health outcomes and disinvestment from health interventions that are ineffective, inefficient and outdated. The report came up with recommendations for innovation that is citizen-centred, data-fuelled and outcome-focussed.
“We are at a tipping point. The scale of cheaper technology is huge,” said Loubna Bouarfa, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OKRA Technologies, an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. “We see an increase in health services consumption and at the same time in computer storage. We need to use that storage to allow for this huge consumption.”
Though it is up to national governments to organise and provide healthcare, the European Commission complements their policies by helping them achieve shared objectives, generate economies of scale and tackle shared challenges such as pandemics, chronic diseases and the impact of increased life expectancy.
The report put forward five recommendations for the future of healthcare in Europe: citizen empowerment through health literacy efforts; an outcome-based approach to health; a health-data zone to better understand healthcare needs; making innovation the norm in health to maximise the opportunity of digitalisation; and redesigning health to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century.
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- Event summary
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- Smart (dis)investment choices in healthcare
- Event page of first working group: Smart Investment For Better Outcomes
- Event page of second working group: How To Spend It? Smart disinvestment choices in health