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Joining the Dots: Boosting digital transformation of health and care: scaling up and evaluation

11/12/2019

On the 28th of November 2019, various partners from the WE4AHA and Digital Health Europe project consortiums (Funka, Open Evidence, ECHA and empirica) participated in the Joining the Dots Conference in Brussels, an event focussing on ensuring better data for person-centred health and care, optimised research and Learning Health Systems. The session was titled “Boosting digital transformation of health and care: scaling up and evaluation” which examined the main traits of the current EU market of digital solutions for person-centred care, highlighting the good practices, key drivers and inhibitors for large scale deployment. Some of the conclusions that came out of the session included

 

  • The EU market of digital solutions for person-centred care is very unstructured and, in many cases, key drivers and inhibitors for large scale deployment are unknown. 
  • An in-depth analysis of the person-centricity characteristics of existing digital solutions is needed, in order to provoke the desired marked disruption in this business area.
  • Pilots, demonstrators and capacity building activities are needed to improve the ability of health and care authorities to deploy innovative solutions at large scale.
  • Service innovations need to be adapted and tailored to the specificities and context to the wide range of different health and care systems that exist in Europe.
  • Twinnings are a viable and effective tool to promote the scaling up of digital solutions for person-centred care across regions and countries.
  • The provision of relevant evidence and know-how to health authorities, health providers and field researchers is essential in order to increase their capacity to prepare investment strategies and access financing.
  • The implementation of different evaluation approaches can optimise decision making and boost investments in digital health and care, resulting in innovative cost-effective health care solutions.  

 

Additional information on the Joining the Dots Conference

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