| Posted on 31/05/2014 - 09:28|
The problem of non-compliance in the EU generates enormous expenses for PAs, as well as an increasing number of health issues. Here a smart solution is proposed to overcome these problems by means of innovative ICT tools and social medias.
The aim of TherApp is to combat lack of compliance with medical treatment. When we talk about non-compliance we refer to failure to follow a course of prescribed medication. According to WHO non compliance costs around 125,000 million euros every year in the EU. Futhermore the results of a study of the IMS center are really interesting. The study involved 186 countries and analyzed 6 different chronic illnesses: the results of the study highlighted that the cost of non-compliance is about 300,000 million dollars every year. Two thirds of this amount was attributed to the cost of hospitalisation, due to lack of compliance with a course of medication. It’s evident that this is not only a matter of economics or health but, above all, a social issue.
TherApp is a technological solution aimed at supporting patients, both dismissed and hospitalized.
Target group and social impact
The risk of non-compliance involves all the patients following a medical therapy. In particular, the target are those over 65, patients with physical and psychological problems and patients following polytherapy treatments (who can take even more than 10 drugs a day). In addition to patients, national health systems, social welfare systems, doctors and chemists can be interested in this solution. Pilot actions can improve the quality of the prescribed treatment, the quality of life of the patients and can also promote new policies of healthcare spending, leading to huge benefits. A IMS study affirms that interventions to decrease non-compliance would prevent, on average, about 10 million hospitalizations a year in every country and savings of about 140 billion dollars.
Competences of the applicant
The applicants are experts in ICT, medical and legislative fields, have a strong multidisciplinary culture and possess excellent degrees. They have the competences required to complete the project. They have already had the opportunity to interact collaboratively with other professionals in the medical and legal sectors. These competencies will be extremely useful to complete the project.
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