This IDC Health Insights Presentation opened the third IDC Pan-European Healthcare Executive Summit in Dublin on September 22, 2015.
This keynote presentation discusses the role of digital technologies in the transformation of the European healthcare market. It focuses on the centrality of accurate, timely, and meaningful access to health information at the point of decision, starting from the convergence of the healthcare ecosystem, which is driven by the need to advance toward personalized and integrated care.
Population health needs driven by the growing cases of chronic diseases and expectations of enhanced patient experience consistently delivered across traditional and new care settings (e.g., patients' homes) as well as online and offline channels are driving the health data convergence forward at an unprecedented pace. The convergence is visible across the investment patterns of all healthcare ecosystem stakeholders:
- Health and social care providers. They are moving toward integrated pathways, supported by new patient record solutions empowered by analytics and flexible cloud-based infrastructures.
- Public health authorities. They are focusing on the complexity of health determinants and their impact on population health outcomes based on the creation of new health information management platforms, enabling enhanced collaboration and a closed feedback loop.
- Clinical research institutions. Theyare trying to increase their access to real-life evidence for advancing in personalized and translational medicine.
- Government and private payers. They are looking for information systems that can support outcome-based reimbursement models.
There are elements of friction concerning the technical challenges posed by the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of data as well as the barriers posed by the different regulation environments across Europe. If implemented in a flexible but consistent strategic framework, 3rd Platform technologies can help address issues such as data fragmentation, quality, access, and security as well as transform health organizations into result-driven innovation platforms.