Royal Philips Electronics and its consortium partners announced on 29 April the launch of the Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program. The Philips-led ACT program is the first to explore the organizational and structural processes needed to successfully implement care coordination and telehealth (CC&TH) services on a large scale. This EU-funded program includes healthcare authorities, clinical experts, universities and industry partners. By monitoring CC&TH initiatives in five European regions, the program will create a “cookbook” of best practices to facilitate CC&TH deployment. This could potentially transform care for millions of chronically ill people and save healthcare systems billions of Euros each year.
The ACT program brings together healthcare authorities, companies, universities and hospitals. Five partner European regions (the Basque Country and Catalonia in Spain, Groningen in the Netherlands, Lombardy in Italy and Scotland in the UK) deploy and operate their own CC&TH schemes for heart failure, COPD and diabetes patients.