Who will fund eHealth?
Corum - Montpellier
eHealth is a major issue for the future of the society, in addition to having massive business implications, not only in that it helps in streamlining process and reducing the costs of care delivery, but also serves as catalyst to boost a wealth of new businesses, capitalising on the insights provided by the proliferation of health data. Many eHealth solutions such as telemedicine remain at the trial or pilot phase, however, and are struggling to find a sustainable “business” model. Added to which, the initial investments required are huge and funders – including social security systems and health insurers – are facing uncertainty over future regulations the actual value of new solutions (reliability, better efficiency of care) which remains to be proven. Personalised care and the silver economy (created by the aging population) may offer new opportunities for the future of eHealth, using different funding models (more out-of-pocket money).
Despite its promises to shake up the way healthcare is accessed, managed and delivered, the reimbursement policies for eHealth have not yet been defined. Where are we today in regard to regulation or funding schemes to pave the way for eHealth’s development? What new opportunities for payers? Does this new approach to care mean a new remuneration model for practitioners?
There is a proven need for digital solutions to meet the challenges of the silver economy, particularly on the medical front. What are the issues and objectives for eHealth solutions in the silver economy? How could eHealth stakeholders hitch a ride on the silver economy, and truly take off?