Best Practices: Remote Patient Monitoring Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Mar 2013
  • By IDC
  • 20 pages

Best Practices: Remote Patient Monitoring Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Mar 2013
  • By IDC
  • 20 pages

This study examines remote patient monitoring projects in CEE that address different chronic diseases and conditions, including two EU transnational collaborative projects targeted at diabetes, dementia, mobility impairments, and chronic respiratory failure, and a medical alert system being implemented in the Russian Federation to address the emergency needs of the elderly. We analyze the business needs and highlight the management challenges associated with the implementation of telemonitoring initiatives, as well as provide essential guidance for IT vendors who are considering remote patient monitoring markets in CEE.

"Remote patient monitoring solutions have great potential to address many existing and emerging healthcare needs in Central and Eastern European countries, and the prospects of RPM approaches in CEE healthcare systems are extremely promising. Ensuring simplicity of use and considering the needs of the patients' informal caregivers is key to success for IT vendors in the telemonitoring services market." - Senior Research Analyst Nino Giguashvili, IDC Health Insights, CEMA

Table of Contents

IDC Health Insights Opinion

In This Study

Situation Overview


Business Needs

Dealing with an Aging Population and the Growing Burden of Chronic Diseases

Extending the Reach of Healthcare Services

Keeping Patients out of Hospitals

Meeting the Expectations of the Patients and Their Caregivers

Gathering Valuable Data in an Efficient Way

Management Challenges

Mobilizing Resources

Dealing with Legal Uncertainty

Providing Strong Evidence of the Benefits

Improving Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions

IT Skills Deficit Among Patients and Providers

Ensuring Interoperability

Aligning with Provider Reimbursement Models and Incentives

The Best Practices


OLDES: Older People's E-services at Home

OLDES Telemonitoring System for Diabetics

Key Challenges

SPES: Support Patients Through E-Services Solutions

SPES Pilots

Mobility ImpairmentsDementiaChronic Respiratory Failure

Key Challenges

Life Button (Russian Federation)


The Problem

The Life Button Solution

Key Challenges

Future Outlook

Essential Guidance

Actions to Consider

Collect Evidence and Raise Awareness

Simplicity is Crucial

Incorporate Skills Training and Ensure Ongoing Support

Address the Needs of the Patients' Caregivers

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Related Research


Figure: Life Expectancy at Birth (in Years) in Selected CEE Countries,1990-2010

Figure: Population Aged 65 Years and Over as a Percentage of the Total Population in Selected CEE Countries, 1990-2012