Global health systems near breaking point, says expert


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Experts have warned that global health systems are near breaking point and say digitalisation is key to how these systems will evolve in the future. 

The comments were made at the ISPOR (the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research) Europe 2019 conference this week, which was attended by more than 5,000 healthcare stakeholders. 

At the conference, a panel of experts explored the issue of digitalising healthcare and discussed how this is impacting on healthcare and health systems globally.

Using aircraft as an analogy for the changes needed in healthcare, Julian Isla from Microsoft compared the extremely complex cockpit of the Lockheed Constellation, which was the first aircraft to fly coast to coast commercially, with the more current Airbus 350. He said that healthcare needs a similar evolution to simplify its system and that it also needs measurement and a closed feedback loop to become a learning system.

Peter Knox, from The Life Raft Group, detailed the “who, what, when, where, and why” of digital healthcare and said he believes that it is important for clinicians to understand the strengths and weaknesses of new data.