ICT&health July 10, 2020

In discussions on the digital transformation of healthcare, the emphasis is usually put on digitization. The context of transformation is neglected. In reality, it is not about the implementation of IT systems in hospitals or e-health solutions such as e-prescription, but a profound reformation of the current model of healthcare, also in areas that seemingly have little to do with digitization.

If everything worked well in healthcare, there would be no need for major changes. But it does not. Health systems around the world are in deep crisis. Expenditures are rising due to an ageing population and an increasing burden of chronic non-infectious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mental illnesses. The requirements...