We take a look at the upcoming eHealth Europe HIMSS Conference in Malta, and ask; where does the UK figure?
According to the Independent Newspaper recently, UK Healthcare provision, is on a par with some of the “lesser” countries in Europe. It is now no better than places such as; Poland, Turkey, etc.
This is both a kick in the teeth to the good people of Poland and Turkey, and it is also misleading. It is not the case that the UK is falling downwards. It’s just that other places are doing better. Turkey in particular, ever since Mehmet Atasever, former VP Health Ministry in Ankara, met me at a HIMSS Conference in Brussels, and handed me his 5 year Plan – has been progressive and focussed on new solutions, custom built, but (despite recent politics) – open to European links. Key areas of advance are the provision of Insurance based treatments, to help finance the general population access to five-star hospital Treatment, etc.
And it is not the case that the NHS is completely underfunded. We have shown in earlier Posts, that Hospitals can usually find the money when needed. The question may be that surprising answer, which is; maybe Hospitals don’t actually “want” to find the answer?
To get to that conclusion, you need to compare UK Health provision, with that in Scandinavia. Because of the growth of Medical Science Parks, in Sahlgrenska Gothenburg; and Pharma, in Lund and Gothenburg – there is a stimulated market in acceptance of new technologies, to help drive better care, which is now regarded as the top area in Europe (including the UK). This explains why some 20% of Visitors to eHealth Europe in a few weeks, are from Scandinavia – but only 5% are from the UK.
The UK has its own Health Conference, the week before, in London. Our question is therefore – why so? It surely has to make more sense to bring everyone together under one common roof? As we have seen above, going our own way is not helping us in terms of keeping up with better services.
Nevertheless, things might be changing. Although we ourselves will be Moderating the Nordics session of eHealth Europe, on “bridging data and genomics” – the Genomics England organisation has just appointed a new Commercial Director.
There are key and specific areas of clinical provision, where the UK is expert. What is now needed is to bring this acceptance of new processes – into other areas, particularly IT.