Importance of medical and digital technologies for Value-Based Healthcare

At the COCIR Annual General Assembly in Brussels this year, we decided to hold an open session, focusing on Value-based Healthcare. This reflected last year’s decision to dedicate resources through a newly-created Focus Group at COCIR on this important topic. Our objective is to both gather evidence and further articulate the added value of COCIR’s industry sectors, such as medical imaging, radiotherapy and Digital Health.

We used the opportunity of this open session to invite leading Scientific Societies to contribute. These included Opens external link in new windowICHOM (International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement) as well as Opens external link in new windowESR and Opens external link in new windowESTRO, with whom we already enjoy well-established partnerships.

Dr Rishi Hazarika MBBS, BSc, MSc, Vice President, Global Implementation and Courses, explained the ‘ICHOM Standard Set for Breast Cancer and How to define and measure the patient outcomes’, while Prof. Lorenzo Derchi, current ESR 2nd Vice President and responsible for steering ESR efforts on value-based imaging described the ‘Value-based diagnostic imaging: the right exam’. In addition, ESTRO President, Prof. Yolande Lievens articulated critical elements of ‘Innovation in radiotherapy and how to prove its value for money’.

The session opened with an address on importance of value-based healthcare to our sectors and closed on the critical value of Digital Health.

Besides these exciting activities and understandably, there has also been considerable attention at the start of the year on other activities where COCIR remains very active.

At the beginning the year, we were pleased to launch our dedicated COCIR Opens external link in new windowDigital Health Blog, which will address a dedicated theme each month. In February, marking the Opens external link in new windowMobile World Congress, we shone a spotlight on the mHealth revolution, which at last will see mobile health solutions transforming health and care delivery.

In addition, as with every year, COCIR participated in The Opens external link in new windowEuropean Congress of Radiology. We shared the Opens external link in new windowindustry views during a session on ultrasound. As a dedicated contributor and supporter of the Opens external link in new windowEuroSafe Imaging Initiative, we published a Opens external link in new windowposter  setting out the industry’s continuous commitments on Dose Optimisation in Breast Imaging.  During the same week, we also launched an Opens external link in new windowinfographic based on the COCIR Medical Imaging Equipment Age Profile & Density Opens external link in new windowreport (2016 Edition). This warns on the risk posed by increasing levels of obsolescence in imaging equipment in various countries.
We were also pleased to sign a partnership agreement with the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (Opens external link in new windowEFOMP) with a commitment to advancing the best use of medical technology involving ionizing radiation for the betterment of healthcare (read the Opens external link in new windowMemorandum of Understanding to find out more).

Finally, at an international level and through DITTA, we organised a Opens external link in new windowworkshop on Medical Device Single Audit Program (Opens external link in new windowMDSAP) during the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (Opens external link in new windowIMDRF) meetings in Vancouver. In the coming months, we also plan to contribute to the forthcoming Opens external link in new windowWHO Global Forum on Medical Devices.

More news to follow in an exciting year!