The Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) took a big leap towards value-based healthcare as they started a national stroke patient pathway pilot involving 4 out of 6 hospitals in Estonia providing acute stroke care. As from 1st July 2020, the hospitals started collecting PROMs from the patients; with a spectacular response rate of 95% at 90 days. How have patients been engaged to get results? What has been successful and what are the lessons learned? We asked EHIF’s Project Manager Rõõt Palmiste and Chief Specialist Mariliis Põld.
Our first blog post Better quality of life for stroke patients discusses how this unique national pilot, putting the patient at the center and trying out various incentives to make the pathway better, got started. Further, the project was presented at the ICHOM conference 2020. In this second blog post, we discuss starting collecting PROMs and engaging the patients.