The European VALUeHEALTH project is establishing how eHealth interoperability can create, deliver and capture value for all stakeholders which will justify a sustainable market in scaling-up cross-border interoperability. The aim of the project is to create and operate self-funding priority pan-European eHealth Services beyond 2020, for which an evidence-based business plan is being developed.

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At the source of the project are many years of activity in standardization and millions of Euros invested in national eHealth programs, which have not yet delivered enough benefit to have become sustainable. On the other hand, the substantial investment in Europe through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) in establishing a pan-European digital services infrastructure covering multiple public sectors, represents an opportunity to define and deliver a more strategically sound, value driven, business plan to realize sustainable eHealth interoperability. From there on, a value chain that maintains a perpetual cycle of investments in interoperability is on its way to be created, which will be embedded within the larger ecosystem of the health care delivery and health ICT sectors. VALUeHEALTH demonstrates how this important value chain can be constructed and optimized by developing an evidence-based business plan for sustainable pan-European services.

European interoperability in action

Starting with the cross-border interoperability use cases already approved by the eHealth Network for the CEF, nine VALUeHEALTH partners cooperate with multiple stakeholders though a robust methodology to prioritise use cases relevant to Member States for cross-border and also within border health service business needs.

The consortium is:

  • designing an over-arching business model and multiple stakeholder Value Propositions for European scale interoperability;
  • defining the multisided market needed to sustain investments in interoperability services;
  • performing state of the art Cost Benefit Assessment and risk assessments;
  • and from this will develop a strategic plan for sustainability.

Results and Deliverables

VALUeHEALTH has delivered several use cases, such as safe prescribing and integrated care and self-management for long-term conditions.  It has also established a Business Modelling Task Force, whose task was to develop value chains and value propositions. VALUeHEALTH has succeeded to collate adoption challenges and success strategies, intended to scope the interoperability deployment roadmap, as well as its structure and costs.

It has defined the interfaces, standards and platform services and tools needed to deliver the prioritised use cases, and from this derive a design and deployment roadmap for the essential generic and healthcare specific services. The project will provide a gap analysis of standards, specifications and translations plus their urgency of need and estimated costs.

Finally, VALUeHEALTH has integrated and validated these results to produce a definitive Business Plan and Strategy for taking forward public-private investment in digital eHealth services, to give clear guidance to the CEF on how it may construct its digital service infrastructure Building Blocks for health, to ensure maximum value and optimal sustainability beyond 2020. This includes not only the costs and revenues, and their timelines, but the strategies needed to derive value from them - which is vital to justify sustainability.

About the project

  • Running period: April 2015 until June 2017
  • Total cost: €999.818, of which the EU finances €849.755 through the Horizon 2020 Programe
  • Consortium: European Institute for Health Records (FR), Ministère des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé (FR), Health & Social Care Information Centre (UK), Regione Lombardia (IT), Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde (PT), empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH (DE), Data Mining International (CH), Research in Advanced Medical Informatics and Telematics (BE), European Health Telematics Association (EU)

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