1st Price, Hôpital de la Tour, Switzerland
In 2019, the Hôpital de La Tour launched a hospital-wide initiative to implement the VBHC framework (following Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg concept) to increase outcomes and quality for patients. The Hôpital de La Tour’s goal was also to showcase the feasibility of VBHC approaches in private institutions, live true partnerships with payers and become one of the leading examples of VBHC in Switzerland and Europe.
This award from the European Private Hospital Awards (EPHA) recognises the efforts and pioneering projects undertaken over the past three years to drive excellence in care, continuous improvement and interdisciplinary commitment to our patients.
VBHC is being rolled out globally in the most innovative healthcare institutions. It is an approach based on the medical outcome and its impact on the patient’s quality of life, as well as on the associated costs. It not only allows for the development of very high-quality care, but also for the evaluation of the effectiveness of a treatment in terms of costs. VBHC is thus the best expression of the sustainable medicine that health systems urgently need today.
The Hôpital de La Tour has made the recovery of quality of life a strategic priority for its patients, and embarked on this approach 3 years ago. On the basis of a new organisation by interdisciplinary centre of excellence, the collection and monitoring of medical results have been put in place, as well as the measurement of costs per treatment. These results were compared with the best practices in the scientific literature. At the same time, the institution initiated the development of a digital tool to support the measurement of patient outcomes, and established several strategic partnerships with other hospitals or actors engaged in a similar approach.
Today, Hôpital de La Tour is one of the pioneering healthcare institutions in Switzerland and internationally in the implementation of VBHC. Rodolphe Eurin, General Manager of La Tour Hospital, commented: “This award is a fantastic recognition of the work done by the teams of doctors, carers and projects over the last few years to improve quality for the benefit of our patients. I hope it will be a call to all healthcare professionals who are passionate about innovation to join the unique environment we have created at La Tour as pioneers of VBHC in Europe.”