“TrentinoSalute 4.0”. FBK in the new Center for Competence on Digital Health

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

The new Digital Healthcare Competence Center "TrentinoSalute Program 4.0", of which Fondazione Bruno Kessler will have administrative duties, will start operating as of January 1, 2017. This was established by the Provincial Government on the proposal of the Councillor for Health and Social Policies, Luca Zeni. For the 2017-2019 period, the expenses necessary to run the Center will amount to 1,350,000 Euros. The Center will be governed jointly, through a "Control Room" and an Executive Committee by the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Province Agency for Health Services and Fondazione Bruno Kessler. It will represent the meeting point between the health system, research and the local community, and become an instrument for cohesion among the targets of health planning, innovation needs expressed by the Provincial Health Service, and the opportunities offered by research and by new digital technologies.

Below is the press release by PAT dated 12/20/2016

The Center will have to meet the goals set by policy makers and by the local, National and European healthcare planning, starting from the needs expressed by health professionals and citizens, by identifying new organizational models and technological solutions, studying the legal aspects and evaluating their socio-economic and organizational impact. The ultimate goal is to turn tested technical and organizational solutions into innovative services for the healthcare industry. This will be a permanent organizational structure, a shared space and joint laboratory that will support the development of digital healthcare also coordinating initiatives already in place. Consolidated experiences in this field are certainly in no shortage in the Trentino Region, with particularly significantpilot experiences in eHealth, as the TREC project on electronic health records, digital medical prescriptions, digital certificates of illness and injury. 

The Provincial Agency for Healthcare Services can also boast a high degree of technological innovation and the province hosts research and innovation centers specialized in health and well-being (FBK, University of Trento, the Agency for proton therapy, Fondazione Edmund Mach, CNR). There is also a large number of companies operating successfully in the industry. 

The demographic evolution in action, with an increasing number of elderly people and chronic diseases, it is necessary to invest in new ways to provide health services throughout the country, ensuring equal access to care and support for the management of long-term care.

By developing and disseminating "eHealth" technologies, citizen-patients are enabled to connect with healthcare providers, with their families and with other citizens, as well as to manage their own health in day-to-day life through various devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, sensors, etc.), wherever they may be (home, work, vacation), and in times of need. 

Room for improvement is wide in this area and it includes the development of e-health techniques and tools for prevention and treatment, the integration of telemedicine and remote care services and the spread of mobile communication for the collection and management of clinical and biometric data and for the transmission of health related information. (lr)