Vree Health: Connected Health for Sustainable and Patient-Centric Care
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Vree Health: Connected Health for Sustainable and Patient-Centric Care

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Gianluca Gigante, Business Director, Vree HealthGianluca Gigante, Business Director, Vree Health Sustainability, holistic approach, and patient-centered vision are three core goals that healthcare systems are trying to achieve today. The increasing life expectancy and progress of medicine in key areas of chronic diseases, like oncology, are changing the perception and expectation of health by individuals, and as such their needs from healthcare systems. This is driving healthcare systems to be more oriented toward providing better care at lower costs, by adopting more open and proactive, coordinated care models that are more sustainable, effective, and patient-centric. Placing the patients at the centre means that the patient has to be put in a new paradigm where the system is proactively coordinated around the patient and engages with them actively throughout the entire life cycle, from prevention to long term care. As a leader in innovative connected health services and solutions, Vree Health has developed effective patient engagement solutions that perfectly fit with the current scenario.

The company’s solutions enable innovative healthcare organizational models, at the hospital and the territory level, where the patient is proactively engaged in this new paradigm. “We not only address one or more issues in the patient journey, we understand the full picture, including the needs, constraints, risks, and opportunities—enabling healthcare providers to transition to a patient-centric care model with the right competencies, approach, and tools,” states Gianluca Gigante, business director of Vree Health. The company’s ultimate objective is to give “more life to life” to individuals by providing solutions and services that enable a new and innovative paradigm in the healthcare system.

Reinventing Chronic Care

Vree Health fosters a modern chronic care model that promotes patient involvement to improve the quality of their life. “All our technologies are open and easy-to-integrate to allow the healthcare systems to design and implement the most effective and sustainable solutions, also by integrating existing technologies or software already in place,” says Gigante. Vree Health has altered the traditional methods of chronic care by empowering the patients to manage their treatment without being in the confines of a hospital. Depending on the organisational setup, Vree Health’s model can be tailored with the involvement of the patient in every step. In this regard, the company offers a distinguished suite of solutions and services. The suite addresses disease prevention and management (Doctor Plus®) and chronic care management (Chronic Plus®) for public and private customers including hospitals, general practitioners, physicians, care organisations, pharmaceutical, medical companies, and insurers. The solutions are based on scientific evidence, proprietary and open certified technologies, and specialised nursing and medical service centres. “Vree Health provides evidence-based services and outcome-driven projects with significant results for all stakeholders,” mentions Gigante.

Vree Health’s Doctor Plus® enables clinicians to manage patients with low to medium complexity to ensure they follow the medical treatment outside the hospital by enhancing their self-management capabilities. Also, a healthcare professional, be it clinician or a nurse, is allowed to monitor clinical conditions remotely.

Thanks to Vree Health’s technology platform, healthcare professionals receive updated information regarding health status of the patient and clinical events, supported by informative dashboards and sophisticated triage algorithms.

All our technologies are open and easy-to-integrate to allow the healthcare systems to design and implement the most effective and sustainable solutions, also by integrating existing technologies or software already in place

This solution is specifically designed to manage clinical conditions at an affordable cost. As part of the same program, Vree Health offers Doctor Plus® Analysis to activate prevention programs through Digital tools, Telemedicine and Point of Care. It includes the execution of quick and efficient diagnostic examinations. These tests can take place either at the patient’s home or at diverse setting, like a medical centre, to produce results in the shortest time possible. It also eases the process of monitoring and analysing one’s chronic condition with the help of medical devices and up-to-date data.

“The overall ambition is to be part of the provision of sustainable healthcare services, improving ways for early diagnosis, primary and secondary prevention and enhancing management of care: more adherence and control over disease progressions that is translated in less hospitalizations, reduced access to ER and improved quality of life for patients and their care givers” says Gigante.

On the other hand, Chronic Plus® involves the integration of information between the different organization (e.g. hospital), the caregiver and the patient and allows the general practitioner to access a broad range of clinical information. The physician is provided with the opportunity to define an individualised care plan while involving the patient throughout the process to improve his/her self-management capabilities. “Chronic conditions have to be seen and approached pervasively and extensively, moving outside of the traditional health space, to include the personal and social dimension of the individual. Keeping this idea in mind, we are collaborating with a partner to deliver ‘narrative medicine,’ understanding the barriers and the ‘untold stories’ of illness conditions,” mentions Gigante.

With contributions from academia and scientific boards, Vree Health offers specific analytics tools and methodologies to monitor and predict clinical, behavioural, and economic trends. Based on the performance of its solutions and other key indicators that are jointly reviewed with customers, Vree Health constantly identifies inefficiencies to tune processes and monitor changes throughout solutions to meet the desired objectives. By doing so, the individual and the system can benefit from the potential of a participated, coordinated, and integrated care model, generating a positive impact on personal, clinical, and economic dimensions.

Building a Sustainable Healthcare Model

From a services standpoint, Vree Health offers a customisable and distinguished suite of services and solutions organised in various divisions. The company also provides consulting services that help private or public customers to set their strategy and objectives, in terms of designing and implementing new and innovative ways of managing patients’ health care. The company’s end-to-end services and solutions provide tools such as digital health technologies and medical service centres to patients, clinicians, caregivers and others involved in patient care.

On the other hand, through value demonstration and evidence generation, Vree Health provides data analytics capabilities as well as HTA and real-world studies to support sustainability and scalability of such models and solutions.

With a mission to give “more life to life,” Vree Health is powered by a scientific and outcome driven approach. The company also follows an “open approach” to support a customer’s business model by collaborating with one or more companies in a value partnership model to achieve a win-win opportunity. “At Vree Health, we believe that the best way to innovate health care and be sustainable is through collaboration, which is why we have joined hands with highly specialised partners to offer best solutions and value to customers and patients,” remarks Gigante.

Leveraging these approaches, Vree Health has assisted numerous healthcare organisations. A significant use case is that in the field of oncology where better management of adverse events helps patients, their families, and caregivers to deal with complex health, personal, and family conditions. Vree Health’s digital health technologies and remote nursing support proactively call and assist patients and caregivers in providing on-time extra support from healthcare practitioners, when required.

Innovation: The Key to Successful Patient Engagement

As an avid photographer, Gigante sees each picture in different ways. “One needs to zoom-in and zoom-out and adjust the view-angle to get the different perspectives and, sometimes, wait for the right moment to get a shot.” This philosophy also translates into his leadership role in the company where he tries to see the complex healthcare market in different ways to get the essence and opportunities of it. Innovation requires a good portion of creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. Besides, Gigante is passionate about bringing innovations in healthcare to the fore to overcome existing challenges. This mindset is thoroughly weaved in Vree Health’s DNA that is largely made of passion and dedication to improve the quality of life of patients through innovation. “We do that with a distinctive culture based on strong ethics, patient focus, and customer-oriented approaches; high competences in healthcare organisation and management; evidence-based and outcome-driven solutions and services; and an entrepreneurial mindset.” The company’s work culture allows various stakeholders to work together as partners to ensure innovative, personalised, and sustainable care pathways that return “more life to life.”

"The overall ambition is to be part of the provision of sustainable healthcare services, improving ways for early diagnosis, primary and secondary prevention and enhancing management of care: more adherence and control over disease progressions that is translated in less hospitalizations, reduced access to ER and improved quality of life for patients and their care givers"

By continuing to introduce innovative solutions within healthcare, the company envisions a system with the capacity to mitigate current challenges. In keeping with its goal of enabling healthcare organisations to embrace a more holistic and sustainable model focused on the patient, Vree Health is continuously enhancing its strategy in the public and private markets in Italy. “Despite the complex external environment, we are gathering positive feedback from our clients who are moving forward in the direction of sustainability through our integrated care programs,” states Gigante. With a mission to create a significant positive impact on the quality of life and empower healthcare systems to achieve that, the company is expanding its geographic footprint on a global scale.

- Khyati Dubal
    April 01, 2019