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COCIR and AIM partner on Chronic Disease Management


21 October, 2010  

COCIR and AIM presented joint recommendations for the improved management of chronic diseases at today’s Belgian Presidency Ministerial Conference ‘Innovative approaches for chronic illnesses in public health and healthcare systems’. COCIR and AIM have joined forces on chronic diseases to identify and propose solutions to one of the main threats to the sustainability of European healthcare systems today.

In the roundtable on the Management of Chronic Illness, Jan van Emelen, Chairman of AIM’s Disease Management Group, presented the two organisations’ position on how to tackle the rise of chronic disease in Europe’s ageing societies. He stressed the importance of integration of medical technology and healthcare IT in integrated care.

Prevention, early detection and screening, combined with the adoption of Electronic Health Records and telemedicine solutions as well as boosting patient empowerment are key to improve the management of chronic diseases and the quality of life of citizens with chronic conditions. At European level, sharing best practice and developing disease-specific protocols and guidelines is also crucial.

Nicole Denjoy, COCIR Secretary General said “The partnership between COCIR and AIM is about bringing fresh thinking to the debate so that healthcare systems can adopt the right technologies and prevention strategies for the cost-efficient management of chronic diseases. Both organisations very much welcome the Belgian Presidency’s leadership in this area and look forward to playing our part in implementing the conclusions and recommendations arising from today’s Conference and those to come out of the forthcoming Health Council in December.”

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