Izertis leads the first phase of the international InCareHeart project for the management of patients with heart failure

"One in five people suffer from heart failure in their lifetime. It is a serious disease, but it is also preventable and treatable". With these words, the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC) stresses the urgency and necessity of prevention in this type of pathology. It is important to bear in mind that 15 million people live with chronic heart failure in Europe.

It is in this context that the international InCareHeart project has arisen, which aims to control, monitor and follow up patients suffering from chronic heart failure through technology. This project is led by our consultancy firm with the support of a consortium of companies in the healthcare ICT sector, including HumanItCare, specialising in telemedicine and monitoring of clinical processes, and Additum, an expert in the design of processes based on value creation methodology (VBH).

The InCareHeart project allows us to demonstrate the potential of the use of ICT in the early detection of heart failure

This initiative aims to closely follow and monitor patients in order to prevent them from reaching the most advanced stage of the disease, as well as to pre-screen for possible incidences of the condition in health regions in Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Portugal.

"The InCareHeart project allows us to demonstrate the potential of the use of ICT in the early detection of heart failure, facilitating monitoring by the multidisciplinary team involved in the life cycle of the pathology (cardiologists, nurses, physiotherapists, nutritionists, etc.), as well as empowering patients living with the disease, who feel better cared for and have access to more information about their progress", has highlighted Alberto Alonso, our Lead in Health Business Development.

The InCareHeart solution will enable participating healthcare organisations and future purchasers to provide better health and care for heart failure patients, promoting prevention and contributing to a dramatic improvement in hospital discharge times and in the patients' own perceived experience throughout the care process.

Thanks to this initiative, those affected by this disease will be able to access their medical records, implement self-care plans and communicate with healthcare professionals through any device. This, in turn, "will empower patients and improve their quality of life" has said Alonso.

InCareHeart is part of the programme for the procurement of innovative ICT-based integrated care solutions to improve the health and multidisciplinary care of patients with chronic heart failure under the European Union's Horizon 2020 funding programme.