What about the measurement of quality data and publication of quality information in the Swiss health care system? Who needs quality information and for what purpose? To answer these questions, a project of the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) on behalf of the Federal Quality Commission collects information and discusses with stakeholders of the Swiss health system and with thepopulation.
The project focuses on the question of how stakeholders in the Swiss healthcare system, e.g. hospitals and practices, medical staff, insurance companies and, last but not least, patients, currently use quality information and would like to use it in the future.
The project will also investigate how health-specific quality information is prepared and presented in other countries and not least in Switzerland. All health care sectors will be included, from outpatient care in doctors' offices, hospital care and rehabilitation to home care and long-term care.
The SLHS collects information on the contents and methods of various monitoring systems and quality dashboards and discusses them with experts. In addition, the results are critically scrutinized in several workshops with stakeholders from Swiss practice, politics and research as well as with the general population. Within the framework of this participatory approach, recommendations for target group-oriented content as well as measurement and publication of quality information for Switzerland will be developed.
"With this project, we are laying the foundation for the (further) development of transparent quality information for all healthcare sectors in order to create added value for all Swiss citizens," Dr. Justus Vogel, project manager at the University of St. Gallen, was quoted as saying. The project will run from December 2022 to the end of August 2023 under the leadership of the Chair of Management in Health Care at the School of Medicine at the University of St. Gallen and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne. Other partners include the Institute of Family Medicine at the University of Zurich, the Dipartimento economia aziendale, sanità e sociale at SUPSI in Ticino, and the Département Épidémiologie et systèmes de santé at the Unisanté Lausanne.
The Federal Quality Commission, created in 2021, is tasked with improving quality in the Swiss healthcare system within the framework of the Health Insurance Act. As part of its work, it advises the Federal Council on quality development measures, among other things, and commissions national and regional programs to implement measures and conduct scientific studies.
The Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is a Swiss-wide collaborative project in the field of health services research. For more information on the SLHS and its projects, please visit the following website: Platform for health systems and services research | SLHS
The above description is taken from the official media release, which you can find under the following links:
Nutzung von Qualitätsinformationen im Schweizer Gesundheitssystem - Universität Luzern (unilu.ch)
Projekt zur Nutzung von Qualitätsinformationen im Schweizer Gesundheitssystem | Swiss Learning Health System (slhs.ch)
Maxime Sapin, Dr. Justus Vogel, Prof. Dr. Alexander Geissler
The Swiss Federal Quality Commission (FQC)
- Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS)
- Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne
- Institute of Primary Care - University of Zurich
- Department of Business Economics, Health, and Social Care - Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)
- Département Épidémiologie et systèmes de santé - Unisanté Lausanne
December 2022 - August 2023