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Red Flag - Analysis

A red flag analysis is used when:

  • an innovative therapy with new treatment processes comes onto the market

  • potential resource bottlenecks at the healthcare provider, which could limit the use of the therapy, must be identified and assessed quickly and without involving the healthcare provider

  • an already established therapy is not used as frequently as expected without obvious reasons

  • new therapies from competitors come onto the market, which can influence the healthcare provider's processes and thus indirectly have an impact on your own therapy

When innovative therapies are launched on the market that cause a change in the workflows and processes of the healthcare provider, the resource requirements can already be estimated during the pre-launch phase. Red flags can thus be identified at an early stage.​


For this purpose, the most important process steps for the implementation of the new therapy are analyzed based on the protocols of the approval studies and our experience and the necessary resource requirements are then estimated. This analysis can be carried out independently of the service provider (e.g. hospital, group practice).

This rapid analysis and comparison of the therapy process makes it possible to identify bottlenecks at the service provider. Bottlenecks can be personnel-related (e.g. in a hospital more staff hours would have to be available from doctors to use the therapy) or financial (e.g. the therapy causes higher procurement costs with fewer chargeable services).

The Red Flag Analysis can be used as a preliminary study to initially identify knowledge gaps, which can then be specifically addressed with service providers (seeProcess cost analysis

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