December 9, 2010
The HPM is being considered as a blue print for facilitating health policy dialogue and knowledge brokering among low and middle income countries by several international organizations. In
December 2009, Sophia Schlette was invited to present the approach and methodology of the HealthPolicyMonitor to health experts at the World Bank Institute.
The presentation is now available for download.
17-20 March 2009
The International Forum is jointly organised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. The Forum has as its mission to support the movement for health
care improvement. It aims to improve outcomes for patients and communities, provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace, promote research into quality and safety improvement,
foster effective innovation, and connect health care leaders and practitioners worldwide.
Sophia Schlette of the International Network Health Policy and Reform, who co-chaired the Forum's local advisory group, organized a preconference session on the German Healthcare System
for international conference participants. Together with colleagues from Denmark and Spain she further gave a presentation of the Bellagio model of
population-oriented primary care.
16 March 2009
Action is urgently needed. About one third of all adults in Germany suffer from mental health issues during the course of a year. Over the next few years, depression is set to become the most
common chronic illness in Europe. If the pillared structure of the healthcare system already presents a major problem when treating physical diseases, then the fragmented system of general practice
and specialized care, social services and nursing presents insurmountable obstacles for those concerned. Clearly, there is a pressing need for holistic, integrated and cost-effective forms of
A positive example is offered by the Mental Health Integration (MHI) model developed by Intermountain Healthcare, the largest provider of healthcare services in the U.S. state of Utah. Brenda
Reiss-Brennan, Mental Health Integration Director at Intermountain Healthcare, presented the concept last Monday in Berlin. In the context of a Lunchtime Forum, the International Network Health
Policy and Reform brought together some 20 representatives from the worlds of politics, academic study and medical practice. General practitioners, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, health insurers,
social service funding organizations and representatives of patients and their relatives discussed ways of improving care for persons suffering from mental health issues.
1-2 December 2008
From December 1st to 2nd, 2008, the Financial Times Deutschland hosted an international conference entitled "The Consumer Revolution: International Healthcare Business." Participants
were senior-level leaders from healthcare, technology and government who shared their best practices and learned from each other. The International Network Health Policy & Reform
presented good practice examples from Canada, Estonia and Singapore.
24 October 2008
In spite of being a small country, Israel provides a wide array of illustrative material when it comes to health policy developments that are of interest to all industrialized countries. Numerous
of the policy issues which are being debated worldwide as well as possible solutions can be found here. Two of those were presented by the Israeli expert of the International Network Health Policy
& Reform on October 24, 2008 in Berlin: The use of benchmarking to improve quality of care and the use of multidisciplinary teams in primary care.
Revital Gross, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director of the Smokler Center for Health Policy Research at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Bar
Ilan University, presented to an audience of German health policy experts.
10 July 2008
Health inequalities are a still unmet challenge in German politics. We know that social inequalities in education, job situation and income influence a person's health status. When considering
ways to reduce health inequalities, it can be inspiring to look to Finland where the topic has been on the political agenda for 20 years.
8-10 June 2008
The International Network Health Policy & Reform presented itself with a booth at the 25th Annual Research Meeting (ARM) of Academy Health. On two posters it introduced the network and
the Health Policy Monitor web site to the conference participants and presented best practice examples from the network countries on selected policy issues such as long-term care, care coordination,
mental health, etc. The posters can be downloaded on the right.
6 June 2008
Expert meeting on how to organize patient-oriented integrated care across settings. Experts from Californian HMO Kaiser Permanente, from Switzerland and Germany discussed approaches and
6 December 2007
For the fifth time, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has invited health policy actors to discuss innovative concepts in health policy and health system organization. This time, discussion
revolved around how a well organized, patient-oriented primary care sector can help to improve coordination and efficiency of care.
18 October 2007
For the second time, the Bertelsmann Stiftung offered German experts on healthcare organization the possibility to discuss the population-based approach to integrated care practiced by Kaiser
11-12 March 2008
For the third time, the International Network Health Policy and Reform contributed to Financial Times Deutschland's conference on healthcare business.
31 May 2007
As competition increases in the healthcare sector, hospitals and medical practices are focusing more and more on patients and their needs. If patients are to get involved, they need clear,
accessible information on the quality of treatment and the services on offer, as well as consultation and advice that focuses on their actual needs and which increases transparency. In Germany,
however, independent sources of information have been lacking, exactly the sources that would effectively support patients in becoming proactive users able to make an informed decision.
13-14 March 2007
Marketplace for entrepreneurs. Changes in the health care business
For the second time, the German Financial Times hosted a two day conference for top managers from the healtcare business sector. Participants took a closer look at changes in
the healthcare business and point out chances that this market offers. The International Network Health Policy & Reform informed on international developments in the healthcare
11-12 January 2007
Bertelsmann Expert Meeting in cooperation with Kaiser Permanente
Successfully integrated healthcare requires a number of factors, including innovative information and communications technology, healthcare teams led by physician managers and
patients assuming responsibility for their own health. Those are some of the key findings from a US-German healthcare conference entitled "The road ahead: Population-oriented integrated
healthcare" taking place in January 2007 in Berlin. The two-day gathering under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Health, was organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in collaboration
with Kaiser Permanente, the leading provider of integrated healthcare in the United States. One of the conference's key objectives was providing German organizations with a unique
opportunity to learn from the American provider's experience.
5-6 December 2006
From December 5 to 6, 2006, the FTD International Healthcare Business Conference brought together international top managers from the healtcare business sector in order to
facilitate exchange, provide stimuli, and encourage political debate. The International Network Health Policy & Reform participated with a poster exhibition on international developments in
the healthcare business sector.
18 November 2010
At the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, hosted by the World Health Organization, the Health Policy Monitor was presented as a tool to capture health policy innovation and a
potential approach to share health policy dialogue and reform options among low and middle income countries.