Chronically Healthy Manifesto

Principles for 

health and 

The future of healthcare and technology

Chronic health means being able to live a - as good as possible - good quality of life in a healthy environment, even with certain diseases. To achieve this, information and communication technologies for healthcare (eHealth) are indispensable. However, designing and developing person-centred eHealth interventions that meet the needs of users without compromising those of future generations, remains a challenge.

The challenges

In recent years, healthcare has been under great pressure: double ageing, multimorbidity and the increase of people with diseases of affluence, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, have led to an increasing and more complex demand for healthcare. There is a shortage of staff at the bedside and both workload and healthcare costs are rising. The consequences of the climate crisis and environmental pollution are also demanding the utmost of our resilience. COVID-19 has demonstrated the challenges we face in healthcare. A number of basic principles are important for the development and design of digital applications that support us in dealing with these challenges. These have been defined by a transdisciplinary group with experience in healthcare.

One of the major challenges in the coming years will be getting the right care to the right place and keeping it sustainable and affordable. This is difficult, because the disabilities and conditions of those seeking care differ from one person to the next as does the way in which people live a good and happy life.
This calls for the customization of physical and digital healthcare, making the individual the director of his or her life and enabling them to make arrangements for the necessary counselling and healthcare together with the care professionals (person-centred blended healthcare).

For years, digitalisation of healthcare has been a challenge and still is.
The development of eHealth applications is complex and large scale implementation is not easy. Different parties have different interests, at times these will be conflicting, and sometimes they do not serve the public interest. The implementation of eHealth interventions, both the organisational and financial implementation, is stimulated but is not, yet, standard practice. 

Sustainability is an important issue when considering the quality of healthcare. Unfortunately, the healthcare sector contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution (medication residues in surface water, for instance) and waste as a result of non circular work. There is a sense of urgency to reduce our ecological footprint because our health also depends on the health of our planet. 

Developing the manifesto

To contribute to the best possible health and happy living, supported by technology, the initiators have drawn up this manifesto with action points to design and apply person-driven, sustainable eHealth applications. Read the manifesto, or view the poster:

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