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Emilia Romagna


About the region

Emilia-Romagna is located in central-northern Italy, in the heart of the country’s most industrialised area. It covers about 22.452,78 km² and has a population of 4.474.292 (population density of 199 inhabitants/ km²) (1/1/2020). Its territory comprises the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Piacenza, Rimini, Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena. Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy's leading regions in terms of GBD per capita (33,559 € - 9,1% of National GDP). The average life expectancy is 81.4 years in men and 85.5 years in women (2017).


Health and social care in the region

Emilia-Romagna’s healthcare service comprises 8 local health units, 3 university hospitals, 4 Scientific Institutes for Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care (IRCCS), 1 university hospital - IRCCS, 38 health districts, 125 Community Health Centres and 30 Community Hospitals. Historically, the Region of Emilia-Romagna has a strong system of public, territorial and community welfare: an “engine of development”. The main purpose of the 2017-2019 Regional Social and Health Plan is to foster innovation and consolidate an inclusive and participatory welfare system tackling social challenges such as exclusion, frailty and poverty, through intersectoral approaches and the integration of different policies (social, health, housing, work, mobility and education).

Despite the level of integration already achieved, Emilia-Romagna Region's main challenge was still to provide a uniform response to the population needs through a better access to care according to the principle of equity, proximity, and quality. 

VIGOUR in the region

In the framework of the VIGOUR project, Emilia-Romagna planned to further strengthen the integrated management of adults with chronic and complex conditions (heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) living in remote areas by applying the regional risk stratification population health model (riskER) to identify beneficiaries of a proactive intervention of remote telemonitoring. Patients were taken in charge by the multidisciplinary Community Health Centre teams, and followed up every day at their home through medical devices (pulse oximeters, digital body weight scales, digital blood pressure and cardiac rate monitors, activity trackers) and supported by the regional tele-health platform.

Regional contact details

Elena Berti:


The team in the region

Maria Luisa Moro Elena Berti Fabia Franchi Immacolata Cacciapuoti Gandolfo Miserendino Enrica Fagioli Ivan Castenetto