The Future Health Index (FHI) is a research-based platform designed to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build sustainable, fit-for-purpose national health systems.

In 2016 the FHI measured perceptions to produce a snapshot of how healthcare is experienced on both sides of the patient-professional divide. In 2017 it compared these perceptions to the reality of health systems in each country researched.

In 2018, the FHI builds on the increasing consensus that, with the rise of chronic diseases and healthcare costs, the value-based care model is the best approach to address these challenges. In addition, the FHI identifies key challenges that form a barrier to the large-scale adoption of value-based care and improved population access; and assesses where connected care technology – data collection and analytics, and telehealth – can help speed up the healthcare transformation process.

The 2018 Future Health Index is split into three reports, the first of which measures and assesses the value present in 16 health systems of developed and developing markets through a Value Measure.

A total of 45 different metrics are analyzed using a combination of third-party data and original research collected via a survey in partnership with a global market research firm.  A full list of sources is included in report 1.

Furthermore, our analysis and various metrics have been grouped into pillars. Within each pillar, the metrics are normalized to ensure comparability across countries and are scored to fit onto a 0 to 100 scale. Through grouping and comparing metrics, the 2018 FHI provides actionable analysis across 16 markets and is representative of about 50% of the global population.

The second report of the 2018 FHI focuses on data collection and analytics – an area that has the potential to significantly drive change through connected care technologies. This latest report contains interviews with experts, practitioners and opinion leaders from across the healthcare spectrum – people that are making value-based healthcare happen on the ground. These interviews lead to the collation of points of views underpinned by the Future Health Index data to produce practical insights that healthcare leaders can apply in their day-to-day lives.

The 2018 FHI’s third report examines the major barriers to telehealth implementation – with a focus on teleradiology, telepathology, general practice and the tele-intensive care unit – and identifies key recommendations that can accelerate adoption and move countries towards value-based care. It follows the same structure as the second report, combining points of view with Future Health Index data to produce a set of practical insights.

If you have any issues, questions or remarks regarding the Future Health Index platform, please contact us via futurehealthindex@philips.com