Transforming the patient experience with telehealth in Europe

Overview

For European countries to meet the growing demands for healthcare services, a focus should be placed on finding ways to maximise new technology, such as telehealth solutions, that can help improve healthcare while simultaneously increasing access to care and saving resources.

United4Health will utilise the results and good practices from previous projects and trials, including the Renewing Health project, and provide scaled up solutions.  The programme will involve approximately 12,000 patients.  The pilot sites are representative of the variety of healthcare delivery organisations present in the EU.  The services being deployed and studied target Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Cardiovascular disease.  Each telehealth service aims to transform the patient’s experience and give them a central role in the management of their own condition in a way that is convenient to their daily lives by the use of remote monitoring.

The core ambition of United4Health is to share the understanding that in order for telehealth solutions to work, it is essential that healthcare providers adopt innovative health and care service models.  United4Health’s philosophy is that telehealth solutions provide value for citizens, healthcare providers and payers by improving access to services (locally or in the home), reducing costs (reduced home visits, fewer emergency admissions to hospital), and increasing quality; more personalised tailored care with easier involvement of family and carers.

United4Health will:

  • Perform data amalgamation across the pilot sites as well as result comparisons allowing examination of how the same intervention has a different impact on the local healthcare delivery organisations.
  • Adapt and tailor telehealth services from regions and institutions in Europe to large scale deployment within other regions and institutions.
  • Maximize the transferability of services and knowledge among European Healthcare providers at large scales and in collaboration.

For more information about the project, please see the project Fact Sheet here.