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OECD health ministers back new global league table of patient outcomes

International comparisons of patient-reported experience of medical care will enable health systems to pinpoint what works and what does not, cutting waste and adding value

17 January 2017

Call for healthcare to be assessed on outcomes not activity

As static budgets come head-to-head with spiralling demand, Europe must find a way to get more out of its substantial investment in health. A Science|Business event hears the answer lies in measuring patient outcomes to understand what works

10 January 2017

UK Apply outcomes to assess – and address – inequality in Europe’s heath care systems

High quality does not always equate to high value in healthcare. Teasing out what works is essential to making Europe’s healthcare systems sustainable for the future

9 January 2017

UK Rx for the elderly: Get a female doctor, study suggests

Harvard research shows people are less likely to be readmitted to hospital – and less likely to die – after treatment by female doctors

8 January 2017

Why measure patient outcomes?

Healthcare and policy experts from across the EU say that measuring patient outcomes will enable member-states to move from hospital- to patient-centered healthcare systems.

20 December 2016

Denmark Danish regions testing new ways to finance health services

A series of pilot projects will use patient outcomes to inform funding decisions, initiating a move from activity-based to value-based healthcare

13 December 2016

Norway MedTech Forum, Brussels: Norway puts pain ahead of price when picking catheters

A Norwegian hospital group factored in patient perception of pain and when deciding which intravenous catheters to buy. As a result, it bought more expensive devices, but they are easier to use, saving time, reducing pain

12 December 2016

UK UK view: Listen to patients and staff

The NHS and local authorities are setting the future direction of health and care in new Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Listening to staff and patients should be at the core of drawing up those plans, says John Morley, CEO of Formic

12 December 2016

Securing health data won’t be easy

“This is a topic which warrants attention,” says Fagon.

11 December 2016

France France gathers health satisfaction data from 110,000 patients a year

According to Felix Faucon, French member of the EU expert group on Health Systems Performance Assessment, France is the only country where almost all the acute care hospitals gather patient data and use the results in real time.

11 December 2016

Denmark Pilot projects in Denmark use patient outcomes to help reform the healthcare system

Danish regions are experimenting with new approaches to using patient reported outcome measures

10 December 2016

Call to measure patient outcomes and move to evidence-based health budgeting

Policymakers push for Europe-wide commitment to fill the knowledge gaps and make healthcare systems sustainable

29 November 2016

France Patient outcomes: the view from France

France to publish patient satisfaction rates for all hospitals by end of year

28 November 2016

Health at a Glance: Chronic disease costs European economy €115B a year

Joint European Commission and OECD study of 36 countries finds big disparities in outcomes and says governments should spend more on public health and prevention to cut premature deaths

24 November 2016

UK Survey shows cancer patients want clear information on treatments

Patients can play active role in shaping drug development and treatment goals, but they need intelligible information to do so

15 November 2016

UK New research will explore patients’ real-life experiences with arthritis drugs

Social media conversations between people living with rheumatoid arthritis are set to be mined for insights into the treatment of this chronic, painful and disabling condition.

15 November 2016

EU needs interoperable standards for patient data, says Karolinska expert

Video interview with Martin Ingvar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet

15 November 2016

How to buy more – and fairer – healthcare: ask the patients

Science|Business launches a new service to track the growing use of patient data in improving health systems

7 November 2016

Belgium A new idea for targeting prostate treatments – in development

Diagnostics company MDxHealth has developed a test to target therapies more accurately, reducing the need for invasive biopsies and improving outcomes

6 November 2016

Missing: the patient's view of healthcare, says OECD expert

The head of the health division at the OECD, Francesca Colombo, says members are making poor use of health data. She is calling for a broader collection of personal health information, to reflect the outcomes that matter to patients

5 November 2016

In the lab: a big data project is trying to improve outcomes for patients

The EU-funded Innovative Medicines Initiative is making advances in harnessing health records at scale, unlocking the power of data to tackle hard-to-beat diseases

2 November 2016

The 5 biggest problems in healthcare today

Harvard economist Michael Porter argues that, to improve performance, healthcare systems need to measure not what goes in, but what comes out.

2 November 2016

VIDEO: British MEP looks for solutions to keep the EMA in London after Brexit

Kay Swinburne, a British member of the European Parliament envisions an intergovernmental future for the London-based European Medicines Agency. “Can’t the EMA become a much broader agency that serves not just the EU but the whole of Europe?” Swinburne asked at a Science|Business meeting last month.

2 November 2016

Latest research & reports

 European Commission: Big data in public health, telemedicine and healthcare

A European Commission report describes ten examples of the implementation of big data in health from across member states and sets out policy recommendations for improving the performances of European healthcare systems

 Patient preferences in devices for self-reporting outcomes in clinical trials

Research groups in Geneva and Boston surveyed 103 subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) about their preferences for using different types of electronic devices in clinical trials, including computers, internet and smartphones.

 UK report on interpreting patient-reported outcomes from clinical trials

Researchers from the University of London, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline have developed a set of questions for practicing clinicians to consider when reviewing the results of patient-reported outcome (PROs) measures and effectiveness of medical procedures.

 Ten actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

The final report of the Realising the Value programme, an 18-month programme funded by NHS England in support of its Five Year Forward View sets out ten key actions on what should be done and how people need to work differently, to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing.

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