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Future-proofing Western Europe's healthcare

The report was sponsored by Eucomed, the European medical technology association. It is based on in-depth interviews with more than 25 medical professionals and experts in five European countries.

Beyond logistics

Beyond logistics: Meeting customer needs for in-home service is an Economist Intelligence Unit report sponsored by TOA Technologies. The report explores how in-home service providers can respond to increasing demands from their customers and build a strong brand that distinguishes their offerings from those of their competitors in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

The innovation imperative in biopharma

It’s not easy being a life sciences firm today. Companies in the sector have seen rising research and development (R&D) costs, in exchange for flat, or even diminishing, innovation returns. Many are staring over the edge of a patent cliff, the loss of intellectual property protection on drugs that are currently bringing tens of billions of dollars in sales and that subsidise expensive R&D efforts.

The future of healthcare in Europe

Report Summary

Across Europe, healthcare is barely managing to cover its costs. Not only are the methods for raising funds to cover its costs inadequate, but, of even greater concern, the costs themselves are set to soar. According to World Bank figures, public expenditure on healthcare in the EU could jump from 8% of GDP in 2000 to 14% in 2030 and continue to grow beyond that date. The overriding concern of Europe’s healthcare sector is to find ways to balance budgets and restrain spending. Unless that is done, the funds to pay for healthcare will soon fall short of demand.

Healthcare in Asia: The innovation imperative

Healthcare in Asia: The innovation imperative is an Economist Intelligence Unit report.

Executive summary

Managing information effectively: a cross industry perspective

Managing information effectively is a series of four reports focused on strategies for managing information flow and security across and within sectors. Each report focuses on one of four sectors: healthcare, government and public sector; retail banking and discrete manufacturing.

The global power of Brazilian agribusiness

The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted the research and analysis and wrote the report, which focuses on the strengths of and challenges faced by the sector, what is needed for Brazil to become the world's leading agribusiness superpower, and how companies are gaining global stature.

The future of global healthcare delivery and management

Healthcare systems and governments worldwide are trying to curb rising costs while improving patient care and outcomes. This has led to a growing interest in healthcare integration – i.e., co-ordinating services among providers through formal or informal means. Supporters of integration say that, properly managed, it can yield a healthier population and save money. It can also help minimise hospitalisations, reduce the need for costly rehospitalisations and prevent service duplication.

Broadening healthcare access in Brazil through innovation

This is a research report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Roche.  Brazil's economy is booming on the back of deepening credit markets, a growing middle class and rising investment in physical infrastructure, but serious shortcomings in its healthcare sector represent one of the key constraints on attaining developed-country standards of prosperity.  Making the healtcare sector more effective--and innovative--will require sweeping changes to the business practices of healthcare providers and life science companies.

Under pressure

  • The CIO’s role is expected to become increasingly strategic as IT adoption accelerates… Many healthcare CIOs already occupy “dramatically more strategic” positions within their organisations than a decade ago: “We create solutions that speak to key business issues such as competitiveness and patient safety—many more areas that we previously did not get actively involved in,” says one interviewee. Currently, however, the survey shows only a minority are involved in boardroom discussions on any major strategic initiative.

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