Value of Diagnostics

“Diagnostics is the missing link for a sustainable healthcare system, providing immediate opportunities to reduce costs and to deliver higher quality of care.” – Value-Based Health Care Center Europe

Did you know that in the Netherlands:

Diagnostics influences as much as 60-70% of healthcare decision making?
Expenditure on diagnostics is even less than 6% of the total health expenditure?

These days, too often diagnostics is regarded as a non-value adding healthcare activity or as a black box. Policymakers and managers tend to see treatment and diagnostics as one; however, there is a huge difference. Treatment cures people. Diagnostics improves clinical decision making, which impacts treatments. This fundamental shift in thinking causes an increasing number of organizations to struggle with the central question: how to assess the value of diagnostics.

Diagnostics provide immediate opportunities to deliver higher quality healthcare and to significantly reduce costs. A common set of decision criteria helps to make choices for usage of diagnostics and the value it can deliver. The Value-Based Health Care concept provides tools to deal with the value of diagnostics and helps to make decisions on reimbursement and portfolio matters. The aim of the international team of medical and academic professionals that is active on the Diagnostics theme is to exchange international best practices on implementation of the right diagnostics, encouraging making the best decision plan resulting in the best treatment.

Prof. Dr. Fred van Eenennaam en Kim Bruheim, MSc are the Diagnostics theme experts. Contact Michelle Fakkert, MSc. MSc for more detailed information and the latest articles on assessing the value of diagnostics.