About the Project
The Health Movement has recieved funding from EIT Health to run a Project for two years, with start in January 2017. The project goal is to develop the Health Movement, a dynamic ecosystem of community actors to prevent chronic diseases starting with the onset of and complications from diabetes. The impact is lowering the risk of developing lifestyle related chronic diseases and decreasing costs with preventive interventions. The main objectives are:
- Connecting existing wellness and health services to create seamless network of health service touch points and ‘nudges’ in the citizen’s daily interactions.
- Establish a method for screening undiagnosed patients to localize service needs. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 193 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed.
- Define a health index to govern the reimbursement system for service transactions – the goal is to procure a defined, measurable and valued health by issuing a contract where the value and risk is divided between the actors involved.
First application area: Diabetes type 2
Diabetes is not one but many different diseases with the common characteristic that the glucose level is too high. It is a serious, chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar, or glucose), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. According to the WHO, all types of diabetes are on the rise, but the vast majority of the world’s diabetes cases are type 2. Therefore, this project focus on Diabetes type 2, which occurs when the body cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Type 2 diabetes has emerged from a relatively rare disease that mainly affects elderly to an endemic disease affecting young and middle age people as well.
Compared to other types of diabetes, diabetes type 2 is largely preventable, with approaches for individuals to develop a healthy life style, such as physical activity and a healthy diet.