2020

Implementing integrated diabetes systems in Europe - The enabling role of integrated finance and IT

Integrated diabetes systems, comprising horizontal and vertical integration, present an opportunity to reduce the fragmentation of care, ultimately increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of diabetes services.
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The following calls to action are based on a scorecard benchmarking the level of service, IT and financial integration in 28 European countries, plus discussions with experts in diabetes management and integrated services.

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Digital Diabetes Index - Enhancing diabetes care through digital tools and services

The Digital Diabetes Index benchmarks the readiness of ten European countries to deploy digital interventions, focusing on digital technologies used to care and treat people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
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The findings of this research indicate five key enablers of access to digital diabetes tools, here we provide a summary of those enablers and how they can be leveraged to improve access to digital diabetes tools with the aim of improving outcomes for people with diabetes.

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Putting people at the centre: Integrated care for chronic diseases in Europe

The chronic disease epidemic is placing a growing burden on healthcare systems at large. Integrated care, as defined by the Expert Group for Integrated Care and Digital Health Europe (EGIDE), involves the provision of seamless, effective and efficient care and prevention that responds to all of a person’s health, social and personal needs.
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This policy paper highlights a number of interventions aimed at bringing the concept of more integrated care solutions for patients living with chronic diseases in Europe closer to reality. When conducting our research, our first focus was to identify enablers to overcome the barriers preventing the shift towards integrated care in Europe. We then developed policy recommendations to support the implementation of those enablers.

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A vision for digitally enabled diabetes care in Europe - Views of leading stakeholders

Digital transformation of diabetes care has the potential to empower systems to manage costs and engage their resources efficiently; to improve the quality and continuity of care for people with diabetes, including by reducing geographical barriers to access to care; to enable better governance and policy planning in areas beyond diabetes; and finally, to foster innovation and collaboration among industry players to develop products and solutions to support diabetes care.
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This paper captures the insights and ambitions of patient advocacy groups, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and industry representatives focused on a better, and achievable, future for people with diabetes. 


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Statement from the European Diabetes Forum on the European Commission’s interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer 

We have taken notice of the European Commission’s interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer and were surprised by the fact that diabetes was described as a lifestyle disease.
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This description does not reflect the scientific evidence and suggests diabetes to be a mere issue of lifestyle, and thus of minor importance. 


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2019

Improving outcomes for people with diabetes - The role of health data, access to innovation and rethinking care 

Improving diabetes care is a major public health challenge, requiring urgent action. Today, the scale of the problem has grown substantially, despite the emergence of innovative therapeutic options and advances in digital health.
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There is variation across Europe in how health systems manage diabetes and prevent complications, and significant differences in outcomes for people living with the condition.

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Enabling self-efficacy through digital technologies and innovative therapies 

Patients have the tools to measure and record data and, increasingly, have access to innovative technologies and therapies that give them an active role in their care. This offers unprecedented opportunities for secondary prevention and behavioural changes and can spare people with diabetes from suffering complications that result from poor glucose control. 

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But which digital health interventions could be most beneficial for people with diabetes? How can data sharing improve outcomes, reduce health system costs and support up-take of innovative approaches to diabetes management and care? What are the barriers that need to be overcome in order to benefit from innovative technologies and therapies? 


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Rethinking Health Systems: Integrated care and empowerment of primary care for people with diabetes

Making the transition from existing models of care poses challenges for health systems, healthcare providers and patients alike. For diabetes care, the degree of difficulty in successfully managing this chronic disease varies from one patient to another. Facilitating integrated care pathways becomes an essential tool in delivering effective healthcare to diabetes patients. 

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But how can healthcare systems consider different patient profiles and perspectives when designing care? What tools and technologies are needed to enhance the communication between providers on one side and between providers and patients on the other side? How can we align care coordination efforts among healthcare providers? 


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Define, Track, Measure and Improve - How health data and registries can help improve health outcomes for people with diabetes

Measuring health outcomes is an essential tool in understanding their variation; identifying areas for improvement and assessing the benefits and impacts of clinical practice and care pathways; guiding public health policies and interventions and facilitating integrated care pathways.

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Registries play a significant role in collecting, measuring and reporting the health data that can inform these processes. Given the complex nature of managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, registries and health data can play an essential role in catalysing an evidence-based approach to disease management. 


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2018

A Call to Action - To all stakeholders in the European diabetes landscape 

Improving diabetes care is a major public health challenge, requiring urgent action. Today, the scale of the problem has grown substantially, despite the emergence of innovative therapeutic options and advances in digital health.

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Unite behind this Call to Action which outlines the urgent and problematic diabetes situation in Europe, the underlying causes, and the directions for solutions. Together we need to enable healthcare systems to cope with the diabetes pandemic.

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