Véronique Nabelsi

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Time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) and activity-based costing (ABC) are methods used in the healthcare sector to assess the costs of patient care pathways. These methods help identify opportunities for optimizing and reducing activity times without compromising the quality of care. TDABC is recommended in the value-based healthcare (VBHC) model to assess the outcomes of care pathways in relation to their associated costs. By focusing on the creation of value for patients, TDABC helps identify the interventions and processes that provide the most value in terms of clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. This enables healthcare organizations to make informed decisions on improvements that will maximize value for patients. We have chosen to use the TDABC and ABC methods to calculate the costs of care pathways for thoracic surgery patients in two healthcare establishments prior to and following the implementation of a digital health solution. By using these methods, we were able to calculate the costs associated with each stage of the patients’ care pathway. This has given us a clearer picture of the costs associated with each activity and a better understanding of the sources of expenditure. The results show that implementing the digital health solution and applying the principles of the VBHC model have provided tangible benefits in terms of reviewing processes and the roles of the various players involved, eliminating unnecessary or non-value-added activities, automating administrative or repetitive tasks, and improving coordination between the two healthcare establishments and between healthcare professionals. These improvements have contributed to better patient care.