For the healthcare systems chronic diseases represent the heaviest cost burden. Aside from the social costs in terms of suffering, they account for an average of 70% of public healthcare systems in the European Union. A plethora of ICT based applications have been developed in recent years, which have at least allowed a partial tackling of problems related to specific diseases. However, even the most advanced deployments have had limited impact, mostly focusing on pilot applications entailing little or no change on the whole healthcare system.
The applications in the health sector can only be successful if all aspects of the system are taken into account and if all the changes are carefully planned.
In particular, the organizational models inspired by innovation and the relationship between ICT and non-technological aspects of the healthcare system have to be examined in depth in order to involve all the parts of the value chain.
The RICHARD project arises from the need to identify, design, and integrate new efficient and sustainable models for the care and support of patients based on the needs of the territorial models.
The main idea of the project consists of “giving guidelines” for the integration of ICT in the health system where the territorial and regional healthcare systems, academics, public or private companies, organized in Clusters, cooperate to define a Joint Action Plan.