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15
Jun

What’s integration got to do with it?

On March 31th, 2017, delegates from the Franciscus Gasthuis & Vlietland (FG&V) regional hospital from the Netherlands visited North-West London, as part of an international learning exchange. The purpose of the trip was to bring together key physicians from the FG&V region to learn about essential approaches to the design, implementation and funding of integrated care.

25
May

Getting a grip on how to work on integrated care on all levels remains important focus at ICIC17

Being at the ICIC17 was a real pleasure. The high number of delegates and the high number of contributions from numerous countries reflects that integrated care matters. As in previous editions, attendees still want to explore what integrated care really is about, how it can work in practice, what experiences there are and, what we can learn from each other. Lessons are being shared and also being recognized by others when discussed

25
May

Putting the patient into person-centred care

#ICIC17 is over, and what a great conference it was! Overall it was very heart-warming to see and experience the strong patient and carer voice over the three days, which was felt at a number of levels. On behalf of the 105 patient organisation members in IPPOSI, I wish to thank the IFIC team, and especially Dr Aine Carroll, the HSE’s National Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes, for putting together such a wonderful event. Some of our IPPOSI-related highlights included

23
May

IBM Watson Health at ICIC17

Congratulations to Nick and his entire team for another successful ICIC! It is an accomplishment in itself to be in the 17th year of the event, but having the most registrants to date speaks volumes to the impact and increasing relevance of integrated care.

20
Apr

Integrating services for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses in a small rural community

We have just published a paper on an integrated community service development we have been observing for more than a decade (1,2). The collaborative relationship started with the recognition that people with serious and persistent mental illnesses did not access general practitioners for physical health care despite being amongst the most vulnerable people in the community.

25
Jan

Updates from our IFIC Fellows

It is now more than a month since the 4th World Congress on Integrated Care (WCIC4) was held in Wellington. Over 600 delegates from the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and of course the host nation, New Zealand attended the 3 day event taking advantage of the high quality of plenary discussions, parallel sessions and workshops.

7
Dec

Trumpism, Brexit and the Post-Truth Society: Five Challenges for the Future of the Integrated Care Movement

Globally, 2016 is likely to become regarded as the year that the integrated care movement came of age. The ratification by the 69th World Health Assembly in May of the World Health Organisation’s Framework for Integrated People-Centred Health Services set a global challenge for all care systems to make a fundamental shift in care delivery that puts people and communities at the centre of more co-ordinated health and care systems.

5
Dec

Reflecting on the first year of the Horizon2020 EU project SELFIE

Parallel to an ageing society is the increase in prevalence of multi-morbidity. Persons with multi-morbidity often deal with multiple care providers in both the health- and social care sectors, and are likely to benefit from person-centred integrated, and well-coordinated, care. Different integrated care programmes for multi-morbidity can be identified, however, further developments in the field are needed. The Horizon2020 EU project ‘SELFIE’ (Sustainable intEgrated care modeLs for multi-morbidity: delivery, FinancIng and pErformance) aims to address these needs. In the coming years, we would like to update readers of the IFIC-blog on the progress we make in SELFIE.

28
Jul

Patient is partner, not consumer

The 1960s saw the emergence of cooperation in healthcare; a development that started with the GP. Teams were established. A second wave of cooperation emerged in the 1980s. This second wave concerned care for people with chronic conditions. Primary care and secondary care started to cooperate: shared care was born. The first ten conferences of the International Foundation of Integrated Care (1999-2009) focused on cooperation in primary care, elderly care and chronic care and continued to do so in the years after. However, integrated care also expanded to mental healthcare, palliative care, emergency care and birth care. Currently, global efforts are made to expand integrated care to a great number of new patient groups and to study aspects of it.

15
Jun

Integrated Care – The Time is Now

Almost 1200 people, from around the globe and with different perspectives, gathered together in Barcelona to participate at the 16th International Conference on Integrated Care organized by IFIC in cooperation with the Catalonian government.As in the past, many common challenges where discussed. This year however something new clearly emerged at the event: a stronger feeling of “action”.

15
Jun

The Movement for Change Accelerates

On the 23-25 May 2016, our 16th International Conference on Integrated Care in Barcelona attracted an unprecedented number of delegates – over 500 oral and poster presentations, some 1200 registered participants from nearly 50 countries, and a further 600 persons per day watching events via the live stream. The conference even trended on Twitter with #icic16 reaching a ‘tweet reach’ of some 1.25 million – a sizeable impression indeed.

22
May

Lots of learning on Integrated care in Norrtälje, Sweden

Tiohundra AB in Norrtälje, Sweden, was chosen as one of the sites for case studies within the area of mental health as part of the Project Integrate. On the 22nd of March 2016 Dr Nick Goodwin and Dr Viktoria Stein from the IFIC, visited Norrtälje in order to give some feed-back on the framework developed within the Project Integrate so far, as well as getting updated on the development of the integration of services in Norrtälje.

25
Feb

The third wave of integrated care emerges

In the 1960s, John Fry, a British GP, introduced multidisciplinary cooperation for general practitioners, district nurses and social workers. In the Netherlands, his Dutch colleague, Frans Huygen, followed his example. The home team was born. Since then, this form of cooperation has become business as usual in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

8
Jun

In shared decision-making

It is the year 2020. Breast cancer patient Christine is in hospital. She has metastasis. Christine has a talk with nursing specialist Florence. They discuss Christine’s future. Should she have more, less or other treatment? Or no treatment at all anymore and only palliative care?

28
May

A communication’s update from IFIC

Fiona Lyne, Director of Communications provides an overview of recent activities including highlights from ICIC15, plans for our next World Congresses and International Conferences as well as exciting developments in European integrated care projects and plans for the member’s network online platform.

12
May

Project Integrate

Integrated care is regarded as the best response to new challenges in health care delivery, which has risen due to aging population, increased prevalence of chronic diseases and multi-morbidity for the gain in quality of care and efficiency.

24
Mar

The Spanish Observatory on Integrated Care

The Spanish Observatory on Integrated Care (Observatorio de Modelos Integrados en Salud, OMIS) has just published the first annual report on integrated care experiences in Spain. The report collates and classifies the practices registered at the Observatory website over 2014, highlighting their key innovative and transformative elements in providing integrated social and health care to …

6
Mar

New Research Works

We explored current approaches to service integration and the outcomes that people with long-term neurological conditions (LTNCs) want to achieve.

15
Jan

Metro-Regional Intellectual Disability Network

The best abstract award at WCIC2 which took place in Sydney, Australia was presented to: Robert Peter Leitner, Bruce Chenoweth, Lif O’Connor, Jurgen Wille, Anne Funke, all from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Australia, and Rhoshel Lenroot, from University of New South Wales, Australia Title: Metro-Regional Intellectual Disability Network (MRID.net) A Statewide Collaborative Multidisciplinary Care Model The abstract stated that …

28
Nov

Best Posters Awards 2WCIC Sydney 2014

IFIC poster prizes acknowledge the valuable contributions the authors and researchers submitting these abstracts make to enhance integrated care science and practice. For having the courage to turn negative study results into a positive learning experience and strengthening health economic research in integrated care, the best poster award of the Second World Congress of Integrated …

5
Sep

How project INTEGRATE might be of help to the conceptualization of integrated care

Project INTEGRATE will describe how integrated care can be of added value to patients with chronic conditions while taking into account case, care, quality assessment and health system complexity. Today, there is no is universally accepted definition of integrated care. Integrated care is a concept that is polymorphous in its kind and that has been …

16
Jun

Project INTEGRATE: Addressing Horizontal Cross-cutting Themes: Moving to the next Phase

14th ICIC 2014 “Taking Integrated Care Forward: People, Policy and Practice” held in Brussels in April 2014, was a great opportunity for Project INTEGRATE to present and share, with international experts on integrate care, case study findings on four integrated care experiences in different systems and organisations: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Hospital Clinic- Spain, …

20
May

Integrated Care in Practice: Collaborative Practice in Integrated Care

Chaired by Hernan Montenegro, Health Systems Advisor, WHO, Geneva Switzerland This session, which took place at WCIC2 in Sydney, offered participants a chance to reorient themselves on a core issue in integrated care: collaboration. Many people working to implement integrated care can easily get caught up in the technical issues of developing or changing an existing …

19
May

Poster Presentations – ICIC14

20 poster presentations covering horizontal and vertical integration of care, with global and European applicability.  Some were people centred and bottom-up, with others focusing on systems and services and describing top-down approaches to integrated care. Many were work in progress so we will look forward to further presentations and results at future conferences.  The panel, …

19
May

Organisational Models and Care Pathways for Integrated Care

I attended the session on “Organisational models and care pathways” run by the colleagues from EIP AHA B3 Action Group. The first thing I found amazing and interesting to learn was that Scotland has now launched legislation on social and healthcare integration. It is now a Public Bodies (Joint Working Scotland) Act 2014, (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2014/9/pdfs/asp_20140009_en.pdf) and …

19
May

ICIC 2014 Review: Patient Empowerment

Session P5-B – Empowering people through integrated care – patient empowerment The session offered delegates an opportunity to take part to an open discussion on patient empowerment and share their views and knowledge on the matter with the high level panellist representing stakeholders of all categories: Institutions, patient organizations, academia, health professionals and EC experts. …

19
May

ICIC 2014 Review: Collaborative Practice in Integrated Care

Integrated care in practice: collaborative practice in integrated care Chaired by Hernan Montenegro, Health Systems Advisor, WHO, Geneva Switzerland This session offered participants a chance to reorient themselves on a core issue in integrated care: collaboration. Many people working to implement integrated care can easily get caught up in the technical issues of developing or …