This initiative was launched in 2003 with the twofold aim of disseminating the results of research conducted by the Tor Vergata University (and now carried out by the CREA Sanità Consortium) in the fields of healthcare economics, policies and management and, at the same time, providing information to support decision-making in healthcare, based on the conviction that governing such a complex system as healthcare requires scientifically rigorous, independent and on-going analysis and interpretation.
C.R.E.A. Sanità develops economic assessment models (cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses) and adapts models developed to support market access of a pharmaceutical product to the Italian context, as well as relevant healthcare policy decisions. C.R.E.A. Sanità also develops economic evaluation reports and conducts analyses of the budgetary impact of the introduction of a new drug on the annual budget of the Italian health system.
The Sanidata Numeri database collects, integrates and processes statistical healthcare information that is available at international, national and regional levels; access (which requires prior registration) is organised so as to be able to locate information hierarchically, by subject, or full-text research and download it in the form of tables containing statistical indicators, graphs and background information.
Since 2013, C.R.E.A. Sanità has developed a participatory method for producing an annual evaluation of the performance of regional healthcare systems, averaging the values of the various result indicators assigned by the different stakeholders. An annual report is issued containing the results obtained. There is also a blog for encouraging discussion, reflections and the exchange of information on the subject.
C.R.E.A. Sanità prepares HTA reports to provide guidance in regional and corporate healthcare decision-making, with a view to assessing the impact of technology on healthcare policy and business management decisions; it assesses the organisational, economic and health & safety impact of the introduction of new medical devices, procedures and organisational models; it also carries out analyses of diagnostic/treatment processes and of the organisational processes implemented at national, regional and corporate level.
Sanidata Norme, a subscription-based database, contains information regarding national and regional regulations, with a view to improving knowledge about the 21 regional healthcare systems. This regulatory database is a useful tool for businesses operating in the healthcare sector, regulators as well as healthcare sector stakeholders in general.
The social and healthcare research and consulting activities carried out by the C.R.E.A. Sanità Team provide input to reflection, debate and the development of ideas and innovation regarding healthcare policies, which, in both the individual and collective interest can provide a basis for the healthcare sector contributing to boosting the country’s economy. Our output includes the Tor Vergata Healthcare Report, the Sanidata Numeri database and Measuring the Performance of the Regional Healthcare Systems.
C.R.E.A. Sanità runs the Master’s programme in Healthcare Economics and Management (MEMdS), which is sponsored by the Department of Economics, Law and Institutions (DEDI) of the Tor Vergata University of Rome. The aim of the MEMdS is to update and upgrade the theoretical and practical competences useful in healthcare management in both the public and private sectors. Most lessons are available online via the FAD platform.