National dissemination of telemedicine for patients with COPD by the end of 2019

In the fall of 2015, the Danish Government, Local Government Denmark and Danish Regions agreed that telemedicine should be provided nationwide to all relevant patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) by the end of 2019.

The agreement is based on best practice from two large-scale projects, which cleared the way for the political agreement.

The agreement entails a formation of a cross-sectorial telemedicine offer, within the five regions, which will be offered to relevant COPD patients before the end of 2019. Five regionally based programs, consisting of regions and municipals, will be leading the practical implementation of the dissemination, while the regional programs, Local Government Denmark and Danish Regions will be in charge of progress and benefits realization in the dissemination.

The nationwide dissemination of telemedicine to patients with COPD will be contributing to the development of a collaborative health care system. The dissemination is expected to be the first step in this process. In time new relevant patient groups will be offered telemedicine, insofar as the experiences are favorable and the effects are well documented.

Strategic goals

Local Government Denmark, Danish regions and the Danish Government have agreed on a number of strategic objectives, which are key for both centralized and decentralized activities within the dissemination for patients with COPD.

The objectives are meant to ensure the realization of both patient-related and economic effects:

  • Patients with COPD will experience a telemedical treatment involving fewer hospitalizations and outpatient visits.
  • Patients with COPD, who are offered telemedicine, has to experience an increased quality in treatment, increased flexibility and safety in their everyday life along with increased control of their disease.
  • It must be easy for patients with COPD and relevant for employees to use the telemedicine solutions.

A joint portfolio steering committee has been established containing representatives from the five regional programs, Local Government Denmark, Danish Regions, the Ministry of Health and the Danish Agency for Digitisation. Among other things, the steering committee coordinates a number of national projects, which are a prerequisite for the dissemination, and monitors the development within both the centralized and decentralized activities.

On this website, you can read more about the dissemination, including information regarding the background for and organization of the dissemination along with goals and benchmarks.

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