Press release n. 1604 – September 20, 2012
Venice - September 20, 2012 - The European project RENEWING HEALTH, in which Italy is represented by the Veneto Region, won the first prize "eGov 2012" in the section "Cleverer services for users". This project, which gets together 9 European regions with the intent to evaluate the use of Personal Health Systems and of telemedicine services and telemonitoring,aims at improving the quality of life of chronic patients suffering from cardiovascular pathologies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. The prize has been presented today in Riccione, throughout the course of a ceremony in the presence of experts and authorities. In the running there were 90 corporations and 135 projects from all over Italy. "A new award – underlines the Regional Councillor for health Coletto – that proves how Veneto is in the vanguard in Italy in the application of new technologies in public health, in which we have strongly believed from the beginning of our mandate. RENEWING HEALTH in fact, together with the projects Veneto ESCAPE, DOGE and Electronic Health Record, which we are carrying out with the precious technical support of the Consortium Arsenàl.IT, is facilitating the work of doctors, simplifying the patient's life and is generating savings both for the public systems and the users". At the moment the enrolment stage of 3.242 patients in Veneto is coming to a conclusion. These citizens belong to 9 Local Health Authorities involved in the project. The number of patients already recruited – more than 2500 - by the Veneto Region with the support of the Consortium Arsenàl.IT, Veneto's Research Centre for eHealth Innovation, has an average age of 78 and belongs to the categories that more than others have recourse to public health services because of their chronic pathologies. The aim of the study is to verify if the telemontoring system can reduce accesses to first aid hospital services, doctor's offices, specialist examinations and hospitalizations and if the patients'anxiety level could decrease thanks to the control devices and to the guarantee that their health conditions are constantly monitored. The initiative, started in 2010, plans to study an 8.000 patients sample coming from the countries involved in the study, following the Health Technology Assessment guidelines. The data will offer a objective evidence on the services efficiency and their effective contribution to the care quality. The main goal is to evaluate and validate the services carried out using a common and rigorous assessment methodology (MAST - Model of Assessment for Telemedicine), which has already been applied in some north European countries in order to implement these services on a large scale. In fact they have been studied to give the patients a central role in the administration of their diseases, to promote a therapeutic compliance and to help the health professional in identifying in advance worsening symptoms thanks to a monitoring focused on a common set of elements of control. By the end of October the enrolment stage will be concluded. The data collected will be available in 2013, closing year of the project.