A pilot project to monitor patients with hypertension and diabetes will be launched in 2022 in six regions of Russia. The Ministry of Health expects this to contribute to the development of medical decision support systems and artificial intelligence.
The Ministry of Health is planning a pilot project in 2022 to monitor chronic disease patients in six districts. The director of the department’s digital development and information technology department said that the two-year trial will cover patients with arterial hypertension and diabetes. At the Communications and Medicine 2022 conference on January 27.
She spoke in detail about the Personal Health Assistants Initiative that was launched last year. Within its framework, the Ministry of Health intends to implement a pilot monitoring project to create a central system for dynamic monitoring.
It is expected that this system will be integrated with the Unified State Health Information System (EGISZ) and major healthcare platforms. It will process information received from personal medical devices.
In order to implement this initiative as efficiently as possible, we decided to implement a pilot trial in the period from 2022 to 2023, the task of which is to cover patients with arterial hypertension and diabetes. Artemova explained that requirements are being drawn up for medical devices, for the transfer of information from personal medical devices to the platform, as well as for the processing of this information and its transmission to the doctor.
She added that the aim of the experiment is to create conditions for the development of medical decision support systems and artificial intelligence, as well as to study the production of new medical devices. The latter task will be taken over by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, taking into account the research work and implementation of these pilot projects. After the trial ends, it is planned to expand the scope of the project.
The Ministry of Health anticipates that one of the effects of establishing a patient monitoring system will be “increased adherence to treatment”. In addition, according to Artemova, this project sets “conditions for the development of special services” and should have a “gravity effect on the economy.”
The “Personal Medical Assistants” project is registered in the passport “Digital Transformation Strategies for the Healthcare Industry to 2024 and for the Planning Term to 2030”. The document states that its implementation will increase the population’s coverage of medical monitoring through digital services, increase the level of citizens’ satisfaction with the quality and accessibility of medical care, and help maintain and improve the quality of life of the elderly. The authors of the project intend to create a diagnostic services platform by 2024, and fully implement it by 2030.
Recall: Back in 2020, the Ministry of Health announced its intention to include remote monitoring of patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the state guarantees program in 2022. The department expressed the hope that this would lead to a reduction in morbidity and mortality rates.