UK On Cusp Of Value-Based Procurement With NHS Future Operating Model Going Live
The UK's complex system of procuring medical technology for use in the National Health Service is being simplified. A new system will go live on May 8 under the Future Operating Model (FOM), an initiative that prioritizes outcomes-based rationales and allows for gain-sharing, while also targeting annual NHS savings. At this early stage, the device industry and health-care providers are both displaying a mix of optimism and skepticism.
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The UK’s MedTech Directorate is undergoing a partial relaunch, with a new director set to take the reins and a new strategy being finalized. The medtech industry hopes the renewed impetus will put long-overdue attention to value-based procurement for medtech goods.
The UK Department of Health's new system of medical device procurement for the NHS went live in May. What was the Future Operating Model (FOM) is now simply the "Operating Model." But there are yet to be any tenders under a system that supposedly champions value and total ownership. UK industry wants to believe it, but will it happen? And will Brexit get in the way?
Diagnostics should be funded in a way that recognizes the value they bring. The UK IVD industry should also have a seat on the newly-formed Life Sciences Council. These are just two changes that would help diagnostics break through the adoption barrier in the UK and help the health-care system save "billions," say manufacturers.