Faced with alarming demographic trends, increasing incidence of multiple chronic diseases and unsustainable cost explosion, health systems are under extreme pressure. This situation is exacerbated by fundamental access constraints and prevailing unhealthy lifestyles in developing and industrialized countries.
Digital innovation and connected care are creating exciting new opportunities for transformation. But while there are a number of exciting projects and promising pockets of excellence, the urgent need for accelerated healthcare transformation increases by the day.
The third year of the Future Health Index (FHI) looks to address this state of affairs and focus on how we can take action to develop and scale a future-fit approach. The report compares the value being delivered by 16 national health systems through the Value Measure, which assesses three key indicators of a system’s ability to deliver value: access, satisfaction and efficiency.
Access looks at how universal and affordable healthcare is.
Satisfaction considers the perspective of healthcare professionals and the general population on a system’s performance and trustworthiness.
Efficiency evaluates a country’s relative spending on healthcare as a percentage of GDP.
The report also offers tangible next steps and recommendations towards the path to higher quality and more efficient healthcare.
Key findings include:
Integrating connected care technology into health systems helps them deliver greater value. Health systems with universal access to care, effective outcomes and high levels of satisfaction from both healthcare professionals and the general population tend to have advanced data collection and analytics capabilities.
Healthcare professionals believe connected care helps their patients. Countries where healthcare professionals have confidence in the healthcare system’s ability to serve the needs of patients tend to have high rates of data collection and analytics.
Policy plays a major role in driving adoption. Many countries with high connected care adoption rates – such as Singapore, Sweden and the Netherlands – have set clear national goals for digital and/or remote delivery of healthcare services.
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