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Maps of Healthcare Needs

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

Polish government authorities, providers and patients complained that there is no system-wide approach to healthcare provision. As major drawbacks of the system, they have been regularly pointing out the lack of reliable and up- to-date information on how certain areas operate and the fact that decisions regarding these areas were made without the thorough analysis of needs and capabilities. To address these concerns the Department of Analyses and Strategy of the Polish Ministry of Health decided to develop Maps of Healthcare Needs aiming to analyse the current state of the Polish healthcare system and define future needs.

Maps of Healthcare Needs are primarily based on the data of the National Health Fund, an institution that oversees the financing of all state-provided medical services in Poland. Several other sources of information were also utilised e.g., Central Statistical Office data and several disease-specific registries. Collected data was separated into 32 groups of diseases and analyses were performed for each group separately.

Healthcare Needs Maps are being created by the team of analysts from the Ministry of Health and separately contracted medical experts. Such cooperation of people with statistical knowledge and people with medical expertise was indispensable if the maps were to provide reliable and useful information. The medical community is one of the main groups (alongside administrative officials and patients) who benefit from the Maps existence. That is why for every group of diseases several consultation panels were organised, where analysts from the Ministry and employed medical experts met with the most prominent representatives of the medical community within respective field. Suggestions from these representatives were meticulously discussed and, if feasible, implemented.

The joint effort of the administration and medical community resulted in the creation of region and disease specific documents. In case of every disease group 16 Maps were published (one per voivodship) and general conclusions from these Maps were incorporated into a single document with conclusions and recommendations. Every document comprised the analysis of hospital, ambulatory, primary care and a plethora of structure, process and outcome indicators. These indicators vary from basic ones, like the number of hospitalisations, to elaborate quality measures, like risk-adjusted delivery structures in case of obstetric map. All indicators were analysed on the regional and provider level, so that comparisons could be made not only between voivodships, but also between individual hospitals and ambulatories.

Even though Maps are a young creation that should be constantly improved, its novelty and significance is not to be ignored, as healthcare mapping and needs forecasting is to have a direct impact on hospital funding, infrastructure investments, and future policies.


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Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - european or national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2017
Project type
Sector: other
Type of activity:
Keywords: Maps of healthcare needs, healthcare mapping
Short English description: Polish government authorities, providers and patients complained that there is no system-wide approach to healthcare provision. As major drawbacks of the system, they have been regularly pointing out the lack of reliable and up- to-date information on how certain areas operate and the fact that decisions regarding these areas were made without the thorough analysis of needs and capabilities. To address these concerns the Department of Analyses and Strategy of the Polish Ministry of Health decided to develop Maps of Healthcare Needs aiming to analyse the current state of the Polish healthcare system and define future needs.
Further information
Organisation: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Poland
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Homepage: http://www.mapypotrzebzdrowotnych.mz.gov.pl
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Poland
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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