On the 10th and 11th of September, we held our first Pan European Healthcare Executive Summit in Luton Hoo ( London area). It has been one day of a half of lively discussion around the future of healthcare and ICT role in the personalization, integration, industrialization trinomial , in which IDC Health Insights summarizes the forces of change in healthcare arena. This post presents some key takeaways ( presentation attached ) and forthcoming IDC Health Insights activities in preparation of next year Summit
On the 10th and 11th of September, we held our first Pan European Healthcare Executive Summit. About fifty healthcare executives (including obviously CIOs but also CEOs, CCIOs, Head of procurement, Chief of Nurse, etc) from mayor healthcare organizations in Europe engaged on a debate about how ICT will help in defining a new business model for European healthcare systems. ). It has been one day of a half of lively discussion about the future of healthcare and ICT role in the personalization, integration, industrialization trinomial , in which IDC Health Insights summarizes the forces of change in healthcare arena. The three themes were articulated along several interactive sessions focused on specific sub-themes : ranging from how the future hospital will look like, to the emerging personal health systems and from the role of apps and application to technology convergence challenges .
Key highlights that emerged from the debates were :
- With the advent of the third generation platform, enabled by cloud, mobility, big data and analytics and social business, also in healthcare ICT is not anymore just an enbler but a driver of change in the way healthcare providers organize their work and interact with the patients. It is the combination of cloud, big data, mobile and social that delivers the extra value to the patients and care professionals. This combination not only requires a new approach to data management and architectures ( abandoning siloed and non interoperable implementations) but also makes the change of the underlying organization of healthcare services delivery even more urgent.
- Systemic changes to a century old healthcare system will drive double-digit benefits in care coordination. Patient safety has to remain the key goal and it is the ultimate metrics to enable an appropriate and sustainable care system. The big bet is on enhancing primary and community care. It is not about designing higher quality inpatient care pathways, it is about preventing patients to have to go through those. The hospital of the future should be part of a wider network and will have fewer beds, fewer doctors, faster turnaround.
- Health staff and patients need to be better involved in determining the objectives of information systems. IT projects need to be more oriented on solving specific problems and the assessment of contribution to the clinical process needs to be evidence based. It is all about the network of knowledge and the clinical process of tomorrow - not only the next IT project.
For those who weren't able to join us, here you can find a summary of the "social conversation". Moreover, the slides attached to this post present the key takeaways from the panels and the workshops.
For IDC Health Insights, this Summit was just the beginning of a longer journey. We would like to continue the lively and frank conversation on the European healthcare transformation and create a platform for European healthcare leaders engaged in developing a new approach to Health IT and willing to share their experience. While planning for another great Summit for next year, we would like to invite you to participate to the conversation in the Linkedin group IDC Health Insight EMEA, where along with our Advisory board, we would like to start building the discussion points for the next year Agenda. So if you are interested in participating to next year event, if you have suggestions on new themes you would like to discuss next year, if you want to know about the various Summit collateral activities, or to get in contact with the IDC analyst community and with your peers, please join us.