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Health in your pocket: Can a mobile phone make healthcare more fair?

A Georgia Tech researcher explores how mobile devices can be used to close the gap in quality of healthcare between rich and poor

21 February 2017

Conference report: Give patients control of their data to make healthcare more effective

As more health data gets stored and analysed, the challenges of governance and culture stand in the way of progress, a Science|Business Healthy Measures conference heard. A solution: citizen involvement

20 February 2017

Device to distinguish bacterial from viral infections wins EU innovation prize

European Commission awards €1M to new 10 minute test which identifies if a patient can be treated without antibiotics

7 February 2017

Patient outcomes: Are we acting on the data?

Health systems can gather all kinds of patient data, but are they analysing and acting on it? A Science|Business conference gathered views from experts

6 February 2017

League table comparisons drive ten years of increasing patient satisfaction with healthcare

Europe’s publicly-funded health systems have improved year on year for a decade, according to the European Consumer Health Index, published today. But there remain large variations and many opportunities to learn from the best performers

31 January 2017

Macedonia Macedonian miracle as eHealth system ends hospital waiting lists

An online booking system has helped Macedonia abolish waiting lists. The European Consumer Health Index shows Serbia is set to do the same - and others may follow

31 January 2017

Health ministers call for outcomes-based approach to end wasteful spending

Up to 20 per cent of health spending is ineffective or harmful, according to the OECD. Cross-country comparisons of outcomes are needed to expose wasteful clinical care

24 January 2017

Hospitals should borrow more ideas from hotels

While other industries have reinvented themselves around the consumer, in healthcare a huge gap exists between patients’ expectations and service delivery that is stuck in the past. Our healthcare systems should organise around the needs of the service user

23 January 2017

Real-world evidence moves to centre-stage in health technology appraisals

Europe’s health technology assessment bodies want to know that products which show efficacy in clinical trials will work in their health systems. Companies are now required to collect real world evidence on patient outcomes says Mirella Marlow, Programme Director at NICE

22 January 2017

OECD health ministers back new global league table of patient experiences

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

PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice  New EU guide to cost-effective and value-based cancer care will save lives and money

A three-year collaboration involving 25 EU countries and 126 partner organisations has culminated in the publication of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control.

PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth  OECD countries get ready to use electronic data to improve healthcare quality

An analysis of the level of preparedness of each EU member state to implement electronic health records shows there is an emerging effort in most countries to develop new information technology tools for managing large datasets and using electronic health records to improve the quality and performance of Europe’s healthcare systems.

PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice  Cancer immunotherapies require a new value-based model of patient-reported outcomes

Therapies that prime a patient’s own immune system to recognise and attack tumours are revolutionising cancer treatment. However, the high cost of novel immunotherapies raises concerns about access.

Healthcare policy  New recommendations for measuring health benefits of treatments

Health-state utility is a health economics measurement that determines a patient’s health status and quality of life following a treatment.

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