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Home as the primary venue of care, home care and telemedicine

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.  

Total investment cost 4 bn
  • Reduce the gaps in standards of living
  • Gender equality
Additional details

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. 

What are the benefits?

Increasingly home-based care, ensuring:
  • 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.

Key steps and Expenses envisaged

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