We have just started an exciting journey to give European patients a bigger and more influential voice in their own individual health care decisions and treatments. We will do so by providing patients with digital tools which will allow them to measure their symptoms in a standardized manner, communicate with their physicians and other healthcare providers and align on the right course of action.
In addition to empowering patients, the H2O project is designed to enable a value-based approach in healthcare systems, improving their sustainability by helping them optimize care delivery and the use of their resources around outcomes that matter to patients. The project will set up independent organisations – the observatories – in four European countries (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain), initially focused on diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and oncology. These will provide integrated information on patient outcomes for patients and their healthcare providers for use in clinical care. H2O aims to eventually launch observatories throughout Europe, covering many more disease categories.