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
Ireland – A Journey of Innovation & Partnership
AbbVie Ireland, in collaboration with an expert steering group, has developed a report showing that there is no shortage of health-focused innovative solutions and concepts that have been developed within the health system itself and by industry.
The Steering Group identified 13 such initiatives within the themes of Prevention and Self-Management, Early Warning and Access, which, if applied or scaled up to a system level, could contribute to making healthcare more sustainable.
Stop Heart Failure (STOP HF) is the first study to demonstrate heart failure prevention directed by brain-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) assessment and shared care between primary care and specialty cardiology services. The overall incidence of new onset heart failure was reduced by in excess of 50%. Overall, the improved outcomes for participants were delivered at no additional costs. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland.
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland. The study integrates new technologies adapted for use with hand held devices to provide detailed health monitoring and measurements that can provide early warning of health concerns in the over 50’s age group. This study has shown that by using simple to use technology on a targeted population demographic it could become a central resource for policy makers and public health bodies to anticipate future health needs and resourcing requirements.
A Medically Assisted Discharge service has been developed to facilitate the transitional care required following an acute hospital admission. The service coordinates community-based care agencies that utilise remote devices to clinically monitor the discharged patient, sending the clinical observations to their care provider for assessment. Initial evidence indicates that 1/3 of such monitored patients remain at home, avoiding re-admission to a nursing home or hospital. It can deliver cost savings of the order of €740 per day.
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.