The growing number of chronically ill people (including the elderly) challenges healthcare professionals to focus on their (primary) care roles and to manage chronic conditions, thereby preventing acute care episodes and disease progression. A promising approach to improve outcomes and reduce costs is self-management. Self-management refers to the individual’s ability to manage the symptoms, treatment, physical and psychosocial consequences and life style changes inherent in living with a chronic condition. The potential value of eHealth applications to support self-management of chronic conditions is only beginning to be understood. eHealth technology offers the potential to provide more ubiquitous and constant support for self-monitoring and feedback than has been previously possible.
IHTC stimulates projects in the area of self-management using eHealth technology to support people with diabetes and heart rhythm disorders for instance.