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
Germany – The “Simply Irreplaceable!” Initiative
The “Simply Irreplaceable!” initiative seeks to improve the therapy of chronically ill employees by implementing principles of Early Intervention and Prevention. The initiative also aims to create a stakeholder platform on workability to inform policy recommendations on concrete measures of Early Intervention and Prevention and to liaise with policy-makers at both the national and EU level.
The initiative included roundtable discussions with key partners. The outcomes were gathered in a White Paper that demonstrates the relevance of Early Intervention through independent analysis of problem areas and puts forward concrete recommendations to inform the policy discussion around Germany’s imminent Prevention Act.
Key recommendations of this initiative included:
• Strengthening early detection and early intervention within the work place and extending the existing check-ups provided by statutory health insurances to include additional parameters for detecting chronic diseases
• Fostering cooperation between health service providers and social insurance companies and promoting a cross-sectorial treatment of chronic diseases
• Positioning the company physician as a central gatekeeper for offerings of early prevention and diagnosis of chronic diseases, notably through the low-barrier access for patients to early prevention measures through the workplace
• The initiative has long-term impacts and prospects – Shift focus from spending to funding: Position early intervention as a strong pillar to ensure funding of healthcare systems by healthy employees.
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.