“Across the EU, only 4% of hospitals dedicate a twentieth (or more) of their budgets to the digital world. Whereas in Luxembourg that percentage is a much healthier 33%,” says Anne Desfossez, associate partner at KPMG Luxembourg in a recent blog post.
In her view, thanks in a large part to the government’s many supporting initiatives in this area, healthtech in Luxembourg could become the best in the EU.
Desfossez cites a couple of concrete examples in her blog:
“Take the Luxembourgish electronic health record (Dossier de soins partagés) as an example of interoperability amongst healthcare actors, or DPIs (Dossier patient informatisé) like the [email protected] project as an example of internal digitalisation. The idea with such initiatives is to create a more secure and better coordinated environment for carers, with the ultimate goal of course of optimising patient care.”
The grand duchy also has vast experience in data security, thanks to its financial sector, and this expertise has been transferred to healthech in recent years, allowing for advances in personalised medicine. “Personalised medicine, which seems to have a bright future in Luxembourg, is a niche sector that fragments patients into different groups, enabling more targeted care,” she explains.
“Technologists working in the health sector have the scope and audacity to wholly change how care is supplied, accessed, sourced, paid for, and more,” Desfossez continues, but insists that it must be driven by healthcare professional with patients at the core as, “It will be patient empowerment that sculpts the future of healthcare in Luxembourg."