Establishing the value and business model for sustainable eHealth services in Europe



VALUeHEALTH is an EU funded R&D project within the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

VALUeHEALTH is establishing how eHealth interoperability can create, deliver, and capture value for all stakeholders, to justify a sustainable market in scaling up cross-border interoperability. The consortium is developing an evidence-based business plan for sustainable interoperability, with sustainable revenue streams for developing and operating self-funding priority pan-European eHealth Services beyond 2020.

VALUeHEALTH comprises a rich multi-stakeholder consortium of experienced partners and funded experts, to bring together many essential viewpoints to undertake the work plan and - importantly - to endorse and champion its results.

Starting with the cross-border interoperability use cases already approved by the eHealth Network for the CEF [1], eight VALUeHEALTH partners cooperate with multiple stakeholders though a robust methodology to prioritise use cases relevant to Member States for cross-border and also within border health service business needs.

The consortium is

  • designing an over-arching business model and multiple stakeholder Value Propositions for European scale interoperability;
  • defining the multisided market needed to sustain investments in interoperability services;
  • performing state of the art Cost Benefit Assessment and risk assessments;
  • and from this will develop a strategic plan for sustainability.

VALUeHEALTH will define the interfaces, standards and platform services and tools needed to deliver the prioritised use cases, and from this derive a design and deployment roadmap for the essential generic and healthcare specific services. The project will provide a gap analysis of standards, specifications and translations plus their urgency of need and estimated costs.
The project is collating European experience of success strategies for promoting high-quality structured and coded EHRs, and of organisational changes needed to capitalise on richly interoperable health records, to produce a roadmap of scale-up adoption strategies, recommended incentives and who should fund them.

Finally, VALUeHEALTH will integrate and validate these results to produce a definitive Business Plan and Strategy for taking forward public-private investment in digital eHealth services, to give clear guidance to the CEF on how it may construct its digital service infrastructure Building Blocks for health, to ensure maximum value and optimal sustainability beyond 2020. This will not only include the costs and revenues, and their timelines, but the strategies needed to derive value from them - which is vital to justify sustainability.