Chronic diseases and Telemedicine: the Trentino Region among best practices

10/07/2020 By

During the Covid-19 emergency, each Region tried to implement remote assistance systems, especially to manage the chronically ill and rare diseases and ensure continuity of care remotely. In some cases, this was possible via telephone or Skype, but in others an ad hoc platform had to be developed. Among these, the Province of Trento, through its Competence Center for the development of digital health – TrentinoSalute4.0, implemented actions to experiment with virtual visits in various medical specialties, including cardiology, oncology, diabetology, pediatrics.

Diego Conforti, director of the Innovation and Research Office of the Health and Social Policies Department of the Trento Province Government (PAT) and member of the TS4.0 board, spoke about it on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, during the virtual meeting organized by the journal “Policy and Procurement in Healthcare” (PPHC), (SEEd publisher).

Among the Italian areas that stand out for their use of telemedicine, there is also Trentino which has had the opportunity to exchange views with other Regions during the episode “Chronic diseases and Telemedicine: today’s best practices to mark the present and the future of remote assistance in Italy”. The guests (who joined the meeting remotely, included, in addition to Diego Conforti, Paolo Locatelli, scientific director of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano, Francesca De Giorgi, director of information systems of the IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Besta of Milan, and Tommaso Petrosillo, director of information systems of ASL Foggia) described pros and cons and tried to identify the steps needed to make these practices systemic within the National Health System.

Chronic diseases and Telemedicine: best practices to mark the present and the future in Italy

talks by Diego Conforti:

  1. minute 14 ′: 28 “(ongoing experimentation)
  2. minute 29 ‘: 54 “(results of experimentation)
  3. minute 48 ‘: 11 “(how an app is prescribed and what data is processed)
  4. minute 54′ (reactions among patients and professionals)
  5. minute 1h: 00 ′: 00 “(privacy issues)


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Hanno partecipato:

  • Paolo Locatelli
    Responsabile scientifico dell’Osservatorio Innovazione Digitale in Sanità del Politecnico di Milano



  • Francesca De Giorgi
    Direttore dei sistemi informativi dell’ IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Besta di Milano, per l’esperienza di televisite neurologiche, in pazienti pediatrici e adulti



  • Diego Conforti
    Direttore Ufficio Innovazione e ricerca, Dipartimento Salute e politiche sociali, Provincia autonoma di Trento



  • Tommaso Petrosillo
    Direttore dei sistemi informativi della ASL Foggia, per l’esperienza di gestione domiciliare supportata da sistemi digitali




About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0