Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and its consortium partners today announced the launch of the Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program. The Philips-led ACT program is the first to explore the organizational and structural processes needed to successfully implement care coordination and telehealth (CC&TH) services on a large scale. This EU-funded program includes healthcare authorities, clinical experts, universities and industry partners. By monitoring CC&TH initiatives in five European regions, the program will create a “cookbook” of best practices to facilitate CC&TH deployment. This could potentially transform care for millions of chronically ill people and save healthcare systems billions of Euros each year.
Chronic illness is growing to pandemic proportions. In the EU, some 10 million people suffer from heart failure1, 20 million have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease2 (COPD) and 60 million live with diabetes3. Each year, these three conditions cost EU healthcare systems around EUR 125 billion. With CC&TH services, chronically ill people can be treated effectively in their own homes through remote management systems and integrated networks of caregivers. The ultimate goal of these services is to improve health and help patients help themselves by giving them more independence, freedom and control over their health and lifestyle. Clinical studies4-6 have shown these services can help reduce hospital admissions, days in hospital and mortality rates. However so far CC&TH has been mainly limited to pilot programs due to the difficulty of translating such research into practice.
|“The ACT program is a key step towards the widespread use of care coordination and telehealth services. It takes research in this field to the next stage of implementation. The program examines how best to deploy and integrate telehealth to improve outcomes for patients and healthcare systems, and ensure they are cost effective,” said Professor Stanton Newman of Health Psychology, School of Health Sciences, City University London, UK and Principal Investigator on the Whole System Demonstrator, the largest telehealth trial conducted to date.|
“Philips aims to transform healthcare through meaningful, patient-centric innovation,” said Bas Verhoef, President Market Group EMEA, Philips Healthcare. “People increasingly want healthcare on their own terms, in ways that let them get on with their normal lives. Moving care from the hospital to the home makes that possible while also helping healthcare systems cope with the increased pressures due to aging populations and the growth of chronic disease”.
“It is an essential evolution, but making it happen requires cooperation from across the healthcare value chain,” continues Verhoef. “The ACT program shows there is a strong willingness to cooperate across Europe, and Philips is proud to lead such a strong consortium that is united in wanting to improve care and quality of life for millions.”
Uniting leading European healthcare experts from a number of domains, the ACT program is part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA). The EIP-AHA is an initiative from the European Commission under its Innovation Union strategy, and aims to increase the average healthy lifespan by two years by 2020.
For more information, visit: http://www.act-program.eu.
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5 Inglis SC, Clark RA, McAlister FA, Stewart S, Cleland JG. Which components of heart failure programmes are effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the outcomes of structured telephone support or telemonitoring as the primary component of chronic heart failure management in 8323 patients: Abridged Cochrane Review. Eur J Heart Fail 2011. Sep;13(9):1028-1040.
6 BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3874