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Contributed: Connecting digitisation and value-based healthcare

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Value-based care implies radical, even disruptive changes to the current practice, says Paulus Torkki, associate professor of healthcare operations management at University of Helsinki and Marianna Imenokhoeva, founder of LinktoMedicine. The healthcare sector in almost all countries faced the enormous challenge of providing more cost-effective care to an ageing population, while simultaneously being under the greatest scrutiny and expectation from citizens due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis brought to light strategic questions about healthcare sustainability and digital transformation.

Value in healthcare is defined as the relation of patient-relevant outcomes achieved in comparision to the patient-level costs. While value-based healthcare (VBHC) is considered the most promising guiding principle for the new generation of health services, it implies radical, even disruptive changes to the current practice. Despite each healthcare system having an individual status in digitisation progress, there is little doubt that digitisation also accelerates the transformation speed of healthcare systems across the globe.

The question is how do these two megatrends link and co-exist with each other? Is it possible to achieve balanced and enriching progress? And what requirements should be in place for digital technologies and healthcare systems that are aiming for high value care?

The most obvious outcomes of the […]

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