The moderator for this session is Helge Blindheim, Directorate of eHealth.
By Wencke van der Meijden, KPMG Norway
In Norway and many other western countries, 1 in 5 people develop dementia. The current reality is that dementia impacts the individual and the family severely and consumes a huge share of our annual health care budget. This raises the question: with an ageing population and associated costs of care, will we be able to uphold our level of quality of care? Can we improve the dementia health continuum by upholding and increasing quality of care, quality of life, as well as reducing total expenditure?
In the study that will be launched on the EHiN 2016 we will look into the effects of innovation onto the health continuum of dementia. We will take you on a journey through the health care continuum and provide an overview of innovations, technologies and startups that have a positive impact on care and treatment of dementia. This report may assist healthcare providers and policymakers in the formulation of a future innovation strategy.
By Gunnar Hartvigsen, University of Tromsø
If you have a chronic disease, your treatment is a full-time endeavor. You have to deal with it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no solid guarantee of ever being 100% healthy again. It is not always easy to accept this situation. The looming pressure of constant care leads many patients with chronic diseases to ease up on their treatment, taking some days off from their disease. Some patients, such as teenagers, are particularly vulnerable as they may procrastinate on treatment for weeks or even months. Consequenses, however, could be very severe.
In order to change this situation, we need to motivate the patients to continuously follow an optimal treatment regime and avoid risk factors. For example, patients with diabetes know exactly what to do and why, and what the consequences are for not following the treatment regime, but continue to be inconsistent with treatment.
By Isabelle Skinner and D’Arcy Ellis, Charles Darwin University – Psychological and Clinical Sciences
This project aims to put the tools to prevent and manage long term complications into the hands of people with type 2 diabetes.