The event was held in a face-to-face format from 25 to 27 May 2022.

“People and technology: drivers of change” was the slogan chosen by the Signo Foundation for the 16th edition of this conference. Public health professionals, managers, researchers, and professionals with other profiles met for three days to share experiences and projects that have contributed to the change toward new management models and the development of new ways of caring for people. The aim of this edition was to give the people, the citizens, the leading role, in order to integrate their vision on the impact and results of clinical and care actions. Technology was also presented as a key element in the change toward the improvement of care processes and the integration of innovation.

At the round table “Measuring costs to add value to care processes”, not only were the challenges involved in measuring the use of resources and costs in the care process presented, but Borja García-Lorenzo, Health Economist at Kronikgune, showed for the first time the preliminary results of the VOICE community. He also shared the methodological process used to reach this stage, offering answers based on empirical evidence to the questions posed by the previous speakers, Yolima Cossio Gil (Vall d’Hebrón Hospital), and Elisa Gómez Inihiesto (OSI-Ezkerraldea Enkarterri Cruces), closing a thread that was very well designed by the organizer of the round table, Elisa Gómez Inihiesto. The presentation, entitled “Health outcomes and costs to base medicine on comparable value: Experiences of the VOICE community in breast cancer” comes at a time when, for the first time for an international community of care centers, health and economic results are being revealed. VOICE is the international learning community that seeks to guide health services in their reorganization towards delivering the highest value patient care at the best cost. Targeting breast and lung cancer patients, the project aims to create an innovative new strategic framework based on a value-based medicine model for these patients in Europe.

The work carried out in VOICE has allowed the centers to carry out the benchmarking necessary to improve their care model and the possibility of using results that put the patient at the center to improve healthcare and the health of the patients themselves. Borja García’s presentation highlighted the differences that exist in Patient-Related Outcomes PROMs, and how they not only vary between care centers but also between the different care protocols that patients can follow depending on their initial diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The same is true when looking at resource use and costs. There is variability in clinical practice linked to the economic burden on the care center, which leaves the calculation of the value of health care as a challenge for immediate analysis. Therefore, there is a perceived need to study in depth the relationship between variability in clinical practice and the observed costs and health outcomes achieved in so-called value-based healthcare.

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