Reimagining Slovenian Healthcare System

A collaborative approach towards sustainable, data-driven and patient-centric future

Roche Slovenia

In a world marked by fast-paced innovation and increasingly personalized healthcare solutions, it is imperative that our healthcare systems keep pace. The healthcare sector, by its very nature, stands on the frontlines of societal change, continually adapting to shifting patient demographics, evolving health needs, and groundbreaking technological advancements. Yet, our core healthcare infrastructures often struggle to match the rate of these developments. As we face this new era of health care, Roche has set out on a mission: to facilitate a crucial dialogue amongst key stakeholders in the Slovenian healthcare system.

Roche Slovenia has initiated a collaborative approach and engaged with 18 key stakeholders in Slovenia’s healthcare ecosystem with aim catalyzing a profound transformation in the healthcare system toward a sustainable, data-driven, and patient-centered model. Using a thorough methodology that included comprehensive interviews, unbiased data collection, categorization of findings, validation of conclusions, and presentation of results, the researchers gained a comprehensive overview of the present and potential future of the system. These findings can serve as the basis for future discussions and recommendations.

Four core themes emerged from in depth interviews:
1. A Vision for Healthcare: Slovenian healthcare, despite its solid base, lacks a unified, long-term strategy, leading to disconnected operations and digital transformation roadblocks. A shared, enduring vision is vital for comprehensive transformation.

2. Serving Population Needs: Slovenian healthcare needs enhanced transparency in public health expenditure and a shift towards patient-oriented care. An effective healthcare network adopting international best practices, tailored to Slovenia, is essential.

3. Leadership: There exists a deficit in leadership skills in the public healthcare system. Enhancing soft leadership skills, utilizing data-driven tools, and encouraging decision-making at all levels are crucial.

4. Beyond Silos: The lack of cooperation impedes systematic progress in Slovenian healthcare. Promoting leadership, facilitating mindset shifts, and accelerating digitalization can help dismantle these silos.

Analysis identified 17 significant challenges, with five being most impactful if resolved:
1. Absence of a long-term vision and clear communication
2. Deficit in collaboration and mutual trust among stakeholders
3. Limited and unequal access to primary healthcare
4. Inconsistent leadership due to political interventions
5. System prioritizing outputs over patient outcomes

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Tackling these challenges could lead to notable improvements, establishing the groundwork for further progress towards a more patient-centered, efficient, and cooperative healthcare system. Slovenia’s healthcare system is at a pivotal moment, necessitating innovation to meet changing societal and patient demands. The goal of this initiative is to catalyse systemic change that goes beyond incremental improvements. This task requires collaboration among all stakeholders, including patient associations, healthcare professionals, government bodies, academics, and industry partners.

The shared vision is to establish a sustainable, data-driven healthcare system meeting the needs of Slovenians, promoting collaborative problem solving and embracing innovation.

Roche stands ready to contribute its global resources and expertise to this transformation and wants to help establish a benchmark healthcare system for Europe. Cooperative effort is essential to evolve the system towards a sustainable, resilient, and patient-focused model that would benefit Slovenians and the wider society.

The Institute for Strategic Solutions also participated in the project as an interviewee.