The RCP will today, alongside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European groups representing patients, researchers and the healthcare industry, attend the launch of The Value of Health: Improving Outcomes multi-stakeholder initiative report at the European Parliament in Brussels.
RCP president Andrew Goddard will also provide a keynote video presentation on ‘Improving Health Systems through Quality Improvement – the Future Hospital’ at the launch. In attendance from the RCP are Kacey Cogle, Future Health Project lead, and Paul Belcher, RCP principal European advisor.
Speakers on the agenda include Mark Pearson (deputy director for employment, labour and social affairs, OECD) and Andrzej Ryś, (director, health systems, medicinal products & innovation, European Commission), Christina Akerman, senior advisor, International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, and Nikos Dedes, chair, European AIDS Treatment Group.
- Value for money: The steps that can strengthen value for money in health systems, and the role that the European Union can play in supporting Member States to do that.
- Health outcomes data: The role of health outcomes data in improving quality and value in health systems – for example by enhancing the effectiveness and patient-centeredness of care.
- Public health and workforce issues: Wider aspects of value are also considered, such as the role of public health policy and practice, health workforce sustainability, and the economic and social benefits of good health.
- Reducing low value care and waste: Last year, RCP’s clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety, Dr John Dean presented to the project’s workshop on reducing low-value care and waste and health outcomes measurement.
The Value of Health: Improving Outcomes
The final report is based on the discussions and findings of the Value of Health initiative over the past 4 years, including seven multi-stakeholder roundtables, and working groups on patient-centred outcomes, public health outcomes, and the analysis of health outcomes variation.
While many of the case studies in the report are taken from projects and initiatives in west European countries, the findings and perspectives provided by the report are relevant to health systems in all EU member states. The report is divided into two main chapters: the first provides a multi-stakeholder perspective on the concept of value in health systems; the second explores how health outcome measures can be used to improve value.