COCIR 2015
 

About the 2nd Annual COCIR eHealth Summit 2015

2015: A CRITICAL YEAR FOR HEALTH

The healthcare systems are set for drastic changes. Our healthcare systems are suffering from high costs and high fragmentation – often resulting in poor medical outcomes and unjustified clinical variability in medical practices and decision making across the care providers. When looked at holistically, healthcare systems are declared “unsustainable”.

THUS THERE IS A SENSE FOR URGENCY TO:

  • Establish priorities for Integrated Care and patient-centred health services,
  • Articulate more visibly the crucial role of partnerships and collaboration with private sector to improve eHealth services,
  • Leverage Innovation.

Better integration of care will help deliver the “Triple aim”: Higher quality care, decreased costs and improved population health.

This urgent transformation will require new ways of working.

The combination of innovative technologies and new information and communication systems, will enable more and more healthcare organizations to connect and coordinate patient care delivery. Furthermore, it will offer greater transparency, flexibility and choice, and increasing access to the services available with high level of quality and cost-efficiency.

In its newly published flagship DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET strategy, the European Commission has recognised this potential, deeming eHealth and mHealth technologies critical to the Digital Single Market and a priority area for standardisation and interoperability. A first important step towards the creation of a single, competitive eHealth market in Europe. But more is needed to address the challenges that prevent eHealth technologies from transforming healthcare as delivered today into an outcome-based healthcare tomorrow.