The United4Health project (U4H) tested telehealth services targeting the three main chronic diseases found among the EU population: diabetes, COPD, and CHF. This case covers the telehealth service for patients living with COPD, which has the aim to provide an alternative way to support self-management through the provision of an appropriate level of tele-monitoring that is flexible and can respond with fluctuations in their health status and thus avoid future emergency hospital admissions due to a COPD exacerbation.
The intervention and follow-up duration for an individual patient is up to 12 months. This use case focuses on the trial in Galicia implemented by SERGAS, the regional health department. Participants were people who had been hospitalised for exacerbation of COPD. Their age ranged from 34 to 86 years, and most participants were males. The evaluation was conducted using the MAST multidimensional evaluation methodology.
The project results estimated that patients in the comparator group were 3.6 times more likely to be hospitalised (odds ratio) than those receiving tele-monitoring.