Multimorbidity - a rising issue for health and care
As life-expectancy increases and populations age rapidly, Multimorbidity - the cooccurrence of two or more chronic conditions, is becoming a huge challenge for healthcare providers across the EU.
Up to 65% of people aged over 65 years may be affected by multimorbidity. It can affect younger people too. And people from deprived areas are at higher risk of complex conditions, with less access to care, which results in poorer health outcomes.
Watch our short video explaining the Multimorbidity challenge
The costs to the EU each year from Multimorbidity are growing:
The cost of chronic disease management
2% GPD loss
EU GDP from 4 NCD’s15 alone
Traditional care systems are failing PMM
Current process-based and siloed care systems are designed to focus efficiently on each health issue individually.
However, this doesn’t reflect the real-world being faced by people with multimorbidity (PMM). For them it results in a lack of coordination and missed opportunities in their care journeys with different health, social and non-care service providers.
The result is that people with multimorbidity find themselves going to an unnecessary number of doctor visits with regularly overlapping agendas and activities. This is costly and reduces the quality of the care provided.
Integrated Care - a step on the right path
The Integrated Care approach centres around person-centred, equitable, efficient, safe and coordinated care. Evidence shows that it enhances patient satisfaction, increases perceived quality of care and improves access to services, but this is not yet proven for people with multimorbidity.
Integrated Care ecosystems need to be proactive in supporting people with multimorbidity to address both their health and social care needs, while at the same time minimising service use and expenditure by at least 20%.
Therefore, we need to enable care providers and practitioners to consistently adopt a holistic view of their patients, not only from a diagnosis point of view, but also according to family and home conditions. Symptoms based on complex illnesses interacting can then be planned for and treated holistically.
The CareMatrix Business Case
The CareMatrix buyers group are looking for technology solutions and tools that anticipate and adapt to the changing needs of people with multimorbidity by ensuring timely service access, co-managed care journeys and transitions between specialties and sectors.
reduction in time spent for visits to care facilities
improvement from baseline in aspects of care
fewer patient data related incidents between organizations
reduction in the number of clinical errors
The CareMatrix Buyers Groups have agreed on eight design priorities for aligning technology, service delivery and workforce competencies:
Continuity with a primary care professional
Collaborative care planning and shared decision making
Case management for people with complex needs
Co-located services or a single point of access
Transitional or intermediate care
Comprehensive care along the entire pathway
Technology support to enable continuity and care coordination
Building workforce capability
5 building blocks for PMM improvement
These are the needs and areas for improvement that have been identified:
CareMatrix is looking to work with innovative companies to be at the forefront of this transformation.
Find out how your company or organisation can get involved: