THEME A: Sustainability of the healthcare system thanks to eHealth
Since the 1980s, sustainability has been a major concern in environmental policy. The current economic situation and the Euro crisis raise the issue of the sustainability of our public policies in general. Health care policy is no exception to this, given the steadily growth of expenditures which is constantly higher than economic growth.
Given the emergence of new needs due to the surge of chronic diseases, ageing and advances in medical technologies, the question arises whether and how these needs can be met with constrained resources.
Information technology offers new ways to share information, make better decisions and improve administrative efficiency. This can hopefully improve the performance of health care systems but is certainly not a sufficient condition. Sustainability of health care systems requires first of all a long term vision, a strong political commitment, a buy–in from key stakeholders on the objectives that are being pursued, and aligned financial objectives to support changes.