Through its research and surveillance systems, it provides reliable information about the population’s state of health, health determinants and risk prediction indicators, which allows public authorities to build their prevention and healthcare finance projects and to evaluate the effectiveness of these. It identifies the health services resource requirements and carries out healthcare economic analysis.
Systems Analysis and Health Services
The activities of the SASSS aim to:
- develop methodologies for measuring hospital activity,
- establish hospital budgetary standards for Luxembourg,
- develop information technology tools for data collection, and ensure their implementation and maintenance within hospitals,
- measure the healthcare needs of hospital patients or outpatients,
- compare the changes to these needs over time,
- calculate the resources of personnel, in qualifications, which are needed for patient care,
- determine the cost of care according to the illnesses, the type of care, the medical procedures,
- play a part in fixing the expenditure per phase of care,
- carry out economic evaluations.
The work of the SASSS relates mainly to the following sectors:
- hospital and intensive care units
- operating theatre and anaesthesia,
- recovery room,
- out-patients' clinic and emergency services,
- endoscopic out-patients' clinics,
- chemotherapy out-patients' clinics,
- physical rehabilitation,
- medical imaging,
- hospital administrative services.
The SASSS has developed several software programmes for measuring healthcare costs, installed in Luxembourg hospitals:
- PASS: hospital and intensive care units
- DEBORA -Operating theatre,
- PAC: chemotherapy
- REGIS: physical rehabilitation.
At the same time, the SASSS contributes to the development of quality and performance indicators within the hospital sector.
Established in 2001 within the Public Health Research Centre, on the initiative and request of the National Health Office, the SASSS joined the Centre for Health Studies in 2004.
The service is funded first and foremost by the National Health Office, but can be funded for certain health economy projects for other involved parties such as the National Research Fund, the Ministry for the Economy.
It collaborates with the Luxembourg Hospitals' Alliance within the framework of its activities and with foreign partners.
It acts as an independent expert, to advise the National Health Office on the strategies to develop for hospital funding particularly those related to human resources which make up around 70% of hospitals' total budget.
It also assists the National Health Office in the implementation of quality incentive programmes within Luxembourg's hospitals.
Its expertise of more than 15 years within the hospital sector has contributed to the development of the Centre for Health Studies and particularly to the development of computerised public health surveillance systems, such as the SUSANA register (Surveillance of Health at Birth) or the register of sports injuries managed by the Research Laboratory for Medicine in Sport.