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Chronic disease management and the effectiveness of the technologies, the challenges of EU

admin Administrador OPIMEC last modified 30/09/2009 14:34

Improving chronic diseases management and implement effective mechanisms for health technology assessment are two key factors for the future of healthcare in Europe, according to an extensive investigation conducted by the Initiative for Sustainable Financing Health in Europe (ISHFE, for short) and presented this Wednesday in Prague, under the auspices of the Czech presidency of the European Union (EU).

The conclusions of this research on the financing of health systems in Europe are included in two reports, one entitled 'Management of chronic diseases in Europe "by Dr. Reinhard Busse, University of Technology Berlin (Germany), and' The Future of health technology assessment in Europe ', created by Dr. Panos kanavan of the London School of Economics.

Research findings point out that chronic diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Europe, representing 86% of premature deaths, and warned that diseases such as diabetes and depression will make "a major burden health in the future. "

In this situation, politicians should make the management of chronic disease a priority and this study highlights the five areas in which management must act: medical innovation and pharmaceutical, financial incentives, coordination, technology, information and communication, and evaluation, according to Dr. Reinhard Busse, Department of Health Management Technology University of Berlin.
Quality and better coordination

Among other proposals, the report notes the development of personalized medical treatments, the establishment of quality indicators and implement reforms to improve coordination. Achieving an agreement on technical standards for information technology and assessment should be part of programs to improve the management of chronic diseases.

Moreover, the research calls for health technology assessment (HTA, for short), a process of rapid evolution, which creates an informed decision about the benefits, risks and costs of new technologies and practices.

According to Dr. kanavan, the report proposes 15 principles, identifies seven major themes for the future and considers the key challenges for the normalization of HTA in Europe. " The principles proposed in document highlights that the ETS should have explicit objectives and scope, there should be a clear system of priorities and a comprehensive approach of the society by adopting a broad perspective to optimize the social benefit.

According highlights Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament (EP) and director of ISHFE, the purpose of these reports is to assist in the European political decision-making process "regarding the management of chronic diseases, evaluation of health technology (HTA) and the choice of future health policies.


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