CSS views digitalisation as an instrument for optimising quality and efficiency in the healthcare system. That is why CSS recently launched innovative offers for its clients in the area of digital health. Two of the main aims of digital health are to strengthen self-responsibility and improve networking among the actors in the healthcare system. Within projects such as “myStep”, insured persons take responsibility for their own health and not only exercise more but are left feeling fitter and healthier. With the aid of mobile devices, chronically ill patients are able to monitor their illness, stay mobile and get in touch with healthcare professionals at any time thanks to telecommunications. Service providers will be networked through electronic health records in future. For their part, patients will give the necessary approvals to allow the exchange of data and in so doing benefit from personalised medicine based on the (anonymised) analysis of their data. A meaningful framework must be created that guarantees the security of data without threatening the principle of solidarity within mandatory healthcare insurance and takes the fears of the general population into account. Insured persons will not be the only ones to notice greater transparency: the data analyses conducted by the institutions will also enhance transparency in terms of the services provided. This could promote quality and curb costs. CSS launched a project of this kind during the summer of 2016 under the name of QualiCheck – a portal that lets users compare the quality of treatment and patient satisfaction in Swiss acute hospitals.
You can find further information on the topic of digitalisation in our publication on health policies "im dialog" 2/2016 (in german).