STEP BY STEP, BUILDING STRONGER HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
The result: a series of pilot programmes that demonstrate the power of concrete solutions to improve the sustainability of healthcare systems. Each programme falls under at least one of the three pillars of sustainable healthcare: prevention and early intervention, patient empowerment and reorganisation of care delivery. The most successful pilots are scaled up and every project proves that even small changes have the potential to make a big impact. The power of pilot programmes is that they serve as examples; models that can be adapted to different countries, languages and health systems.
- Austria – Psoriasis Patient Coaches
- Belgium – Activ84worK
- Canada – Alberta gets Fit for Work
- Denmark – A Solution Catalogue with nine solutions
- Finland – Advancing Healthcare Sustainability
- France – Carmelia
- Germany – The “Simply Irreplaceable!” Initiative
- Greece – Instituting National Health Insurance
- Greece – Re-organising Emergency Hospital Care
- Ireland – A Journey of Innovation & Partnership
- Israel – Reboot – AbbVie Innovation Forum
- Italy – A Micro-Simulation Model
- Netherlands – Towards more Effective Treatments
- Norway – “We Care!” A Work/Life Balance Initiative
- Poland – “Healthy – Active – Constructive”
- Portugal – IS2 Portugal Sustainable Health Initiative
- Romania – The “Hands with Life” Initiative
- Slovakia – A study to facilitate patient education
- Spain – Fit for Life: Living longer, Living Better
- Sweden – A Solutions Catalogue
- Sweden: IBD Home – Patient disease self-monitoring
- Switzerland – Development for Hospitals: A Manual
- Turkey – Gaziantep University Early Arthritis Clinic
- UK – The Hepatitis C Partnership
- UK – The Shared Decision-Making Tool
- UK – Early Intervention Clinic for MSDs
Belgium – Activ84worK
The idea behind Activ84worK is to create a platform for chronically ill patients in order to support them and increase their workability.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC) are chronic, debilitating conditions. When flare-ups occur, patients are frequently unable to take part in daily activities, including going to work. Platforms that allow employees to work from home could greatly improve patients’ workability and overall quality of life.
There is marked interest among policy-makers and the NIHDI to increase the workability of chronic all ill patients. Made up of representatives from the Patient Organisation in Flanders (CCV), Belgacom, UZLeuven, SD Worx and Mensura, the Activa84worK coalition aims to address this need.
The pilot phase of Activ84worK will follow a small sample of IBD patients (20 patients max.) over a period of time (8 months) and evaluate the impact of work-from-home support.
The project aims to show that keeping the patients suffering from IBD well integrated in their work environment might improve their workability. Patients learn to manage their illness better, which will benefit the healthcare system.
The project aims to show that patients who are well supported will pursue their careers in a more sustainable way; employers will find more engaged and better integrated employees; and the NIHDI will face with fewer costs related to long-term absences.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.