“It’s All About Me”: The Personalization of Health Systems – Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation – February 2014

Posted on March 11, 2014. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , , |

“It’s All About Me”: The Personalization of Health Systems – Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation – February 2014

“The purpose of this paper is to examine the personalization of health systems in a way that goes beyond the clinical consideration of personalization at the cellular/genetic level, and begin to consider personalization that is focused around individual and population-level health goals enabled through greater access to
information technologies. To do so, we consider the following questions:

1. What matters to individuals in regard to health personalization?
2. What are the emerging trends in technology and consumer behaviour that are contributing to and influencing the personalization of health systems?
3. What are the key personalization strategies that have been successfully used by industries and organizations outside of healthcare?
4. What could a personalized health system look like?
5. What are the necessary steps health systems must undertake to achieve personalization?

We begin by considering the philosophical motivation for personalization as a necessary and important building block for the personalization of health systems. We then examine existing trends in personalization among consumers as well as lessons learned from other industry sectors and organizations that have achieved personalized models of service delivery. Using this data, we suggest a model for a personalized health system, illustrating the transition from the current system to a potential personalized end state. Finally, we propose 10 steps individuals, health providers, health system, and policy makers need to undertake in order to create and accelerate the personalization of health systems.”

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Helping measure person-centred care – The Health Foundation – March 2014

Posted on March 4, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Patient Participation | Tags: , , |

Helping measure person-centred care – The Health Foundation – March 2014

“Person-centred, individualised, personalised, patient-centred, family-centred, patient-centric and many other terms have been used to signal a change in how health services engage with people. This rapid review summarises research about measuring the extent to which care is person-centred.

Three key questions guided the review:

How is person-centred care being measured in healthcare?
What types of measures are used?
Why and by whom is measurement taking place?

The review signposts to research about commonly used approaches and tools to help measure person-centred care. It aims to showcase the many tools available.

A spreadsheet listing 160 of the most commonly researched measurement tools accompanies the review. This allows users to search according to the type of tool, who it targets and the main contexts it has been tested in. Hyperlinks to the abstracts of examples of research using each tool are also provided.

The review shows that, while a large number of tools are available to measure person-centred care, there is no agreement about which tools are most worthwhile.”

 

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Health for All, Care for You. Unlocking the value of Personalised Healthcare in Europe – Science Business – 2012

Posted on May 8, 2012. Filed under: Health Economics | Tags: |

Health for All, Care for You. Unlocking the value of Personalised Healthcare in Europe – Science Business – 2012

“What is personalised healthcare? A methodology – enabled by modern genetic, biopharma, diagnostic and ICT technologies that attempts to tailor the treatment to the individual patient. Rather than one-pill-fits-all, doctors use growing knowledge of the human genome, and of other biomarkers of health and disease, to offer targeted prevention measures and to optimise treatment strategies. No one is suggesting treatment is not alr eady personal, in that healthcare professionals make an assessment of each patient before deciding how to treat them. But the tools of personalised healthcare provide deeper insights and allow treatments to be more finely honed to individual needs.

The end result will be greater effectiveness, fewer side effects, longer and healthier lives, and more sustainable healthcare syste ms. The barriers include technology, financing, cost and change management. Personalised medicine is already in use in a few fields including oncology, cardiology, rare diseases. But introduction and uptake is still slow, not least in Europe.”

“The study into the cost benefits of personalised healthcare was conducted through a collaboration between Science|Business and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. The Vlerick team was led by Walter Van Dyck, Associate Professor of Innovation, with researchers Daniel Gassull, MBA, Gergely Vértes MBA, Prateek Jain and Muhilan Palaniappan. Erik Tambuyzer acted as Project Manager on behalf of Science|Business.

Support for the project came from a broad consortium, including Speedo International, Pfizer, the COST Office, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations, NXP Semiconductors and IBM.”

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