What is the goal of the investment?
The measure aims to improve assistance to individuals suffering from chronic illness , with special focus on the over-65 population. This primary objective connects to three other complementary objectives: improving the number of patients assisted in their homes to over a million and a half by 2026; implementing a new organisational model, by creating local operational hubs, for the purpose of ensuring the continuity, accessibility and integration of healthcare; promoting and financing the development of new telemedicine projects for remote assistance by regional healthcare systems.
- Reduce the gaps in standards of living
- Gender equality
The investment consists in the large-scale implementation of telemedicine solutions to support healthcare innovations through the following measures:
• Home-care as primary point of assistance: increasing the number of people treated at home to 10% of the over-65 population by investing in hardware and greater service provision.
• Local Coordination Centres: creating 602 Local Coordination Centres for the purpose of connecting and coordinating various local, health & social and hospital services, as well as the urgent care-emergency network. The Local Coordination Centres are required to ensure remote oversight of the devices provided to the patients, to support the information exchange between healthcare operators and act as a point of reference for caregivers and for the patients' needs.
• Telemedicine to better support patients with chronic illnesses: financing projects which allow remote patient-doctor interactions, especially pertaining to diagnostics and monitoring, creating a national platform for telemedicine screening; financing ad hoc research initiatives on digital technologies for healthcare and assistance. Further investments connected to home-care are listed in Component 2 of Mission 5, specifically under Reforms 1 and 2 and the relevant investments.
Decreased burden on hospital care
The Introduction of 602 Local Operational Centres (1 for every thousand inhabitants) and telemedicine
More remote work for doctors and healthcare operators
Digitalising the entire care system
Home-based assistance especially for the over-65 population.