Twente is a region in the east of the Netherlands. The total resident population of Twente is 627.484 inhabitants (2018), divided over 14 municipalities. Outside the 3 big cities, Twente is a region with great landscape qualities: it has a small-scale landscape with nature reserves and green estates.
The Netherlands has the highest rating on the Euro health consumer index, which compares health systems in Europe. However, the current situation regarding implementation of integrated care is characterised by lack op political consensus and development of national-level policies (EU Health system fiche, 2018). In fact, the Netherlands received low ratings in a maturity assessment for all aspects of integrated care, including readiness to change, information & eHealth services, structure & governance, and citizen empowerment. Hence, Twente is faced with multiple challenges when it comes to care integration. A facilitating factor for the improvement of integrated care is that all relevant regional stakeholders in Twente, from social service providers to long-term care institutions, have been involved in the establishment and operation of the Twente reference site and the foundation Vitaal Twente.
Being involved in VIGOUR, we aim at improving patient experience, outcomes of care and effectiveness of health systems through (technologically) facilitating, supporting and evaluating the spread and uptake of good person-centred integrated practices in Europe.
The region Twente is especially strong on the interface between healthcare and technology. In Twente, there are two projects that are chosen to show case how integrated care projects canbenefit from the support provided from the VIGOUR project. The region of Twente will focus on (technologically) supporting integrated care for patients with chronical diseases.
Wander Kenter: w.kenter(at)utwente(dot)nl
Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten: m.m.r.hutten(at)utwente(dot)nl
|Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten||Wander Kenter|