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Renewing Health

RENEWING HEALTH is a European project  aiming at implementing large-scale real-life test beds for the validation and evaluation of innovative telemedicine services.

RENEWING HEALTH is a European project  aiming at implementing large-scale real-life test beds for the validation and evaluation of innovative telemedicine services by means of a patient-centred approach and a common rigorous assessment methodology. It involves 9 of the most advanced regions in the implementation of health-related ICT services, inside a local system where service solutions are already operational for the tele-monitoring and the treatment of chronic patients suffering from diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary or cardiovascular diseases.. The services are designed to give patients a central role in the management of their own diseases, fine-tuning the choice and dosage of medications, promoting compliance to treatment, and helping healthcare professionals to detect early signs of worsening in the monitored pathologies.

There are 11 clusters:

  • Medium-term health coaching and life-long monitoring in Diabetes Mellitus
  • Life-long monitoring in Diabetes Mellitus
  • Telemedicine consultations for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers
  • Short-term follow up after hospital discharge in COPD

Start date: 01/02/2010 - End date: 31/12/2013

BudgetFundingCoordinator
14.111.527 €CIP ICT-PSPRegion Syddanmark

Innovation

The project implements a new healthcare model that is expected to reduce the cost of chronic patients care to the society by progressively reducing the reliance of these patients on expensive facilities geared to tackle only the acute episodes of the chronic disease they suffer from and to replace them with more affordable homecare.

Organisational objectives - the project intends to create an organisational model for telemedicine services that ensures a safe, clear and efficient pathway for patients in their journey through the healthcare system by creating standard patients programs for each telemedicine service that take into account the active participation of the patients in the organisational model. The model will also be transferable to other patients groups and healthcare systems.

The achievements will be monitored and documented through the use of the European evaluation model developed in the MethoTelemed Study.

The telemonitoring services are grouped into Clusters and analysed with a common evaluation protocol. Each Cluster includes pilots from different Regions and operates as a multicentre clinical trial with the same objectives, design, methodology, outcomes and statistical considerations.

Benefits

Main benefits are:

  • prove the therapeutic process through increased collaboration and better co-ordination between health care professionals working in different sectors;
  • reduce number of acute contacts to hospital;
  • improve quality of life for the patients;
  • assess the economic and organisational impact of the interventions at both the hospital and municipalities (responsible for homecare), and examine the user acceptability of the telemedicine applications (both patients and professionals).

The results will be the basis to define the optimum organizational and economic model to introduce telemonitoring as a large scale service also in other healthcare authorities.

Entities

Austria: Land Kärnten ; Krankenanstalten Betriebsgesellschaft
Germany: Pflegewerk Managementgesellschaft
Italy:  Veneto Region

Denmrk  Region Syddanmark
Sweden County Council of Norrbotten , eHealth Innovation Centre, EIC - Lulea Tekniska Universitet
Norway : Northern Norway Regional Health Authority   Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine
Spain: Departament de Salut - Generalitat de Catalunya; Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research
            Fundació TicSalut
Finland : South Karelia Social and Health Care District
Greece: Intermunicipal Development Company Digital Cities of Central Greece S.A.  ; e-Trikala AE; Municipality of Trikala;
              Regional Health Authority of Sterea & Thessaly
Advisory Board European Patient's Forum  ; European Health Telematics Association; Continua Health Aliance