From the beginning, the Future Health Index (FHI) was designed to become a driver of systemic change and go beyond providing insight on how health systems globally fare and function. This is because change is so clearly needed. Ageing populations, longer lifespans and the rise of chronic disease mean that most countries will face an unsustainable rise in the cost of healthcare if it continues to be delivered in the traditional way. Systems will therefore have to deliver more for the money spent.
Various approaches currently plan for this with some success at the local or institutional level, but have proven difficult to implement at speed or at scale. Part of this is because each country’s journey towards value-based healthcare will follow a different route and involve overcoming different challenges.
This year’s FHI will be published in three chapters. By helping gauge the value created by healthcare in each country to address health challenges, the aim is that the FHI will encourage countries to question existing practices and take the steps needed to shape health systems that are efficient, effective and fit for purpose for years to come.
We need to bring value to the patient and provide timely, efficient and cost-effective care
CEO, American Heart Association
This first of three chapters of this year’s FHI will therefore:
• articulate an indicator of the value delivered by healthcare systems in 16 countries, including both developed and developing markets. This metric, which we have called the Value Measure, combines criteria associated with value-based healthcare and access to care, arguably the ultimate goals of modern healthcare
• provide actionable insights from global healthcare leaders on how countries can improve the value their health systems deliver
• set out the landscape of connected care technology adoption and look ahead to what is coming next.
Connected care technology provides a foundation to enhance access and integration, and represents a vital link in the value-based healthcare chain. Connected care comes in many forms, but the 2018 FHI zeroes in on two major solutions around data collection and analytics, and care delivery. These will be explored in depth in subsequent chapters of the 2018 FHI, which will be published later this year and look at how these can both accelerate the journey towards value-based healthcare.