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 value17 January 2017
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 works10 January 2017
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 future9 January 2017
Harvard research shows people are less likely to be readmitted to hospital – and less likely to die – after treatment by female doctors8 January 2017
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
A series of pilot projects will use patient outcomes to inform funding decisions, initiating a move from activity-based to value-based healthcare13 December 2016
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 pain12 December 2016
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 Formic12 December 2016
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
Danish regions are experimenting with new approaches to using patient reported outcome measures10 December 2016
Policymakers push for Europe-wide commitment to fill the knowledge gaps and make healthcare systems sustainable29 November 2016
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 deaths24 November 2016
Patients can play active role in shaping drug development and treatment goals, but they need intelligible information to do so15 November 2016
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
Diagnostics company MDxHealth has developed a test to target therapies more accurately, reducing the need for invasive biopsies and improving outcomes6 November 2016
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 patients5 November 2016
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 diseases2 November 2016
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
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
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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
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.
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.
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.