Patient-centred and value-based health policy

How to make value-based healthcare work in Europe

20 June 2017 - The need to adopt a more value-based approach to healthcare is pressing, but some question if it is right to map the patient-centric model proposed by Harvard economist Michael Porter onto Europe’s universal health systems

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Healthcare technology and eHealth

Finland Mobile app allows cancer clinics to allocate resources

19 June 2017 - With the number of cancer cases on the rise, stretched healthcare systems have to support more and more patients with troublesome symptoms and the side effects of treatment. Finnish start-up Noona has developed a mobile app to support self-management

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US New head of FDA sets out plan for regulating digital health devices

18 June 2017 - Greater certainty about what types of digital health technology will be regulated by FDA will foster innovation and help the agency to devote more resources to higher risk priorities, says Scott Gottlieb

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Partner news

Peer-led self-management programmes may not help teenagers with asthma

16 June 2017 - A study from Warwick University suggests peer-led self-management programmes have little impact on the quality of life or lung function of adolescents with asthma, but concludes more data is needed to provide evidence for this

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Brussels role in health is secure, says EU health chief

“Is there any discussion about DG Sante’s continued future? The answer is simply no,” says EU Commission’s Director General for Health and Food Safety Xavier Prats Monné

6 June 2017

The Netherlands Netherlands diabetes clinics show how integrated care reduces costs and improves outcomes

The founders of the Diabeter clinics ditched secure jobs to embrace a new model of specialist care. Ten years on, they have the best paediatric glucose control outcomes and lower costs than most other providers

5 June 2017
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Research & Reports

 Finland: Artificial intelligence assists in the home treatment of heart patients

The University of Tampere and Tampere University Heart Hospital are using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to recognise serious difficult to predict complications as early as possible in the home care of patients following a heart attack

Norway: For headache, telemedicine may be as effective as in-person visit

For people with headache, seeing the neurologist by video for treatment may be as effective as an in-person visit, according to a Norwegian study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology

US: Study shows texting as good as medication at improving Type II diabetes management

Low-income Hispanics with Type II diabetes who received health-related text messages every day for six months saw improvements in their blood sugar levels equivalent to those resulting from some glucose-lowering medications, researchers at the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute reported

International trial: Common surgical treatment for melanoma does not improve overall survival

Patients who receive the standard surgical treatment for melanoma that has spread to one or more key lymph nodes do not live longer, according to a major new study

US: Web-based system for self-reporting symptoms helps cancer patients live longer

A randomised clinical trial of 766 patients has shown that a simple intervention - a web-based tool that enables patients to report their symptoms in real time, triggering alerts to clinicians -can have major benefits, including longer survival

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Patient Measures – a guide to the field

Many researchers now think that a key to improving healthcare is asking patients what they think of their treatments: What worked? Here, Science|Business Healthy Measures offers a quick guide to the literature.

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All digital: How e-health can improve the patient experience

16 October 2017, Tallinn

Science|Business Healthy Measures conference (date TBC)

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