Integrated care is about closing the traditional division between health and social care. More particularly, integrated care :
- Recognizes the interdependence between health and social care outcomes and offer person-centred care;
- Addresses the increasing demand for care arising from the ageing of the European population;
- Facilitates the social integration and the independence of society’s more vulnerable groups and, notably, of older European citizens;
- Improves system efficiency through better coordination of care.
SmartCare, a project co-funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme, explores, demonstrates the added value and promotes the wider adoption of integrated care through piloting the deployment of ICT supported care services in a first group of 10 pilot regions.
A second group of regions, the “Committed Regions” is closely following the developments in the pilot regions. Using the same material as was first developed and used by the deploying regions to assess their initial situation and define the steps which were needed to implement an integrated care system, they are currently preparing for future deployment.
The project is therefore enabling the delivery of integrated care to older European citizens to support them to live independent lives by providing the ICT tools necessary to integrate care pathways across social and health service providers.