In March and April 2017, ICT4Life built stronger connections with two European Projects active in the field of Integrated care to improve management of chronic diseases: Polycare and Connecare. The three projects work and advocate to improve quality of life of patients affected by chronic conditions by assisting their independent living at home.
The POLYCARE project (funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement 690367) aims to develop and test an integrated care model, patient-centred, supported by the use of advanced ICT systems and services that allows the monitoring and care of older chronic patients in acute phases at home with a twofold objective: to provide better conditions of life and care for patients and enable sustainability improvements for health and social care systems.
The POLYCARE project approach includes the definition of a new methodology for home hospitalization (patients/clinical/social caregivers) that includes two different areas or environments: patient’s home where the periodic measurements, daily care and medical supervision will be performed and Health Establishment environment where professionals will define the patient care plan and do the monitoring of clinical data.
POLYCARE combines the expertise of eight partners in the fields of Health care, social care and ICT service providers representing large industry, SME and public entity groups to integrate their efforts and achieve the POLYCARE solution.
The ambition of the CONNECARE consortium is to co-design, develop, deploy, and evaluate a novel smart, adaptive integrated care system for chronic care management. This will save European healthcare organisations huge sums whilst improving patient outcomes.
Based on the concept of 4P medicine, CONNECARE will provide decision support for the adaptive management of personalised clinical pathways and will deliver tools to monitor patients’ activities and status, thus empowering them and providing them with recommendations to self-manage their condition, resulting in substantial improvements in their quality of life.
An iterative patient-centred co-design process will ensure a progressive refinement of model and tools, providing foundations for adoption and transferability. In addition, clinical trials will be held in three leading-light regions in integrated care uptake – Catalonia, Israel, and Groningen – to evidence improvements in outcomes and efficiency.
Consortium members are active in the EIP AHA B3 Action Group; transfer of results to relevant stakeholders across Europe, beyond the stakeholders in CONNECARE, is guaranteed.
The three dimensions underpinning the required proposed paradigm shift are:
- Organisational, making health and social care systems interoperable, promoting collaboration among care settings, and moving from institutional reactive care to a home-based preventive model.
- Care and social services, addressing health risk prediction by combining already operational population-based tools with a patient-based five-dimension scoring strategy consisting of screening, risk stratification, mapping, intervention, surveillance.
- Technological, delivering a CONNECARE system which leverages existing assets from partners to offer smart Adaptive Case Management, self-management and 3-level monitoring features, fully integrated with management systems in place.
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