Industry Dynamics: 2010 Guide to European Healthcare for Technology Providers

Date: August 22, 2010
Pages: 25
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Industry Dynamics: 2010 Guide to European Healthcare for Technology Providers
Governments across Europe are struggling with budget deficits. Healthcare expenditures, as a large part of each country’s GDP, undergo intense scrutiny as budgets shrink. The rising proportion of elderly people, the related increase in chronic illnesses, and the surge of costs associated with medical advancements have cleared the way for healthcare spending to rise at higher rates than before. As a result, healthcare costs have outgrown the available funding, and EU governments face the precarious challenge of how to finance their countries’ healthcare. Hence, stakeholders in the healthcare industry – insurers, providers, and state agencies alike - are looking to a more cost-efficient provision of healthcare. This is where IT can make a significant contribution. Technology vendors must understand the ecosystem of the healthcare industry and its challenges to be in a better position to provide a portfolio that best addresses the industry’s pain points.
SUMMARY

Impact
Ovum view
Key messages

HEALTHCARE IN EUROPE

The aging population creates a shift in costs
The constituent elements of a healthcare system
Different types of healthcare systems
The Beveridge system
The Bismarck system
The private system
Beveridge versus Bismarck
Healthcare expenditures
A synopsis of selected European healthcare systems

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS IN FRANCE, GERMANY, AND THE UK

France
Germany
The United Kingdom
England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland

TECHNOLGY: A KEY ENABLER FOR HEALTHCARE

Overview
IT solutions for care providers
Electronic health record (EHR)
Hospital information system (HIS)
Personal health record (PHR)
Health information exchange (HIE)
Picture-archiving communication system (PACS) and radiology information system
Telehealth

HEALTHCARE’S PAIN POINTS

Where IT can help
Improved patient outcome
Massive public debt – can alternative delivery routes be of help?
Unsustainable healthcare systems

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VENDORS

Deliver more-interoperable solutions
Demonstrate a convincing business case
Engage and educate stakeholders
Offer cost-effective delivery options

APPENDIX

Ask the analyst
List of main acronyms used
Further reading
Other sources
Methodology
Ovum consulting

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Prevalent types of healthcare systems
Table 2: Per-capita healthcare expenditure in the EU in 2007 at average US$ exchange rate
Table 3: The medical workforce in France, Germany, and the UK, 2000–09

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Stakeholders in a healthcare system
Figure 2: Overview of healthcare systems in selected European countries
Figure 3: The structure of the English National Health Service
Figure 4: Immediate top three investment priorities of hospital CIOs
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