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Using eHealth to improve integrated care for older people with multimorbidity: Francesco Barbabella
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1497-0011
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
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2015 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 25, no Supplement 3, 48-48 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Issue

The exploitation of eHealth tools in integrated care practices addressing multimorbidity might be a strong driver for facilitating access to the services provided to people with multiple chronic diseases. This is particularly true in the case of older people living in the community, since eHealth could enhance and reinforce care services at home, improving independent living and security of patients.

Description of the problem

One of the ICARE4EU project aims, was to explore whether and which kind of eHealth tools are implemented in integrated care practices for older people with multimorbidity across Europe. In fact, eHealth tools could differ widely across practices, requiring specific know-how by users and health professionals for using and maintaining technology-based solutions, adequate financial resources, compatible organisational and cultural environment with innovations.

Results

The ICARE4EU project selected 101 integrated care practices in 24 European countries, of which 85 included the provision of at least one eHealth tool. Out of 50 practices addressing needs of older people, 42 included some eHealth solution aimed at: enhancing digital communication (64%); monitoring care processes (58%); providing decision support systems (60%); supporting patients' self-management (32%). Two promising approaches exploiting eHealth are presented in detail: the ‘TeleRehabilitation project: Post ICU patient telerehabilitation services' at the Nicosia General Hospital and the ‘Strategy for chronic care' by the Regional Department of Health in Valencia.

Lessons

The use of eHealth seems to have many benefits in terms of improvement of integration and management of care, as well as quality of care. However, to realize this benefits, it is important to arrange adequate technical support, legislative frameworks and training of users and health professionals.

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2015. Vol. 25, no Supplement 3, 48-48 p.
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Medicine, Gerontology; Health and Caring Sciences, Health Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51614DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv168.039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51614DiVA: diva2:915521
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European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Conference 2015
Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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