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TreC Pediatria wins the Milan Polytechnic’s “Digital Innovation Award in Healthcare 2021”

28/05/2021 By

The prize was awarded a couple of days ago during the online conference “Digital health beyond the emergency: more connected to start again”. The project allows Trentino pediatricians to keep seeing patients in outpatient visits even if not in person.

A challenge among the Italian organizations that have stood out for their ability to use modern digital technologies and an opportunity to give visibility to the most innovative projects, to support the culture of digital innovation in Healthcare and generate a virtuous mechanism for sharing experiences of excellence. These were the premises of the “Digital Innovation Award in Healthcare” of the Milan Polytechnic School of Management, in which the Autonomous Province of Trento, with TrentinoSalute4.0, participated and was among the finalists in the section dedicated to primary care support.

72% of the votes went to TreC Pediatria

Giulia Malfatti, FBK/TS4.0 project manager, presented the context, objectives and evolution of the Trentino experiment to the qualified jury of professionals and health experts, who selected it from among 60 projects, 11 of which admitted to the final, earning 72% of preferences.
TreC Pediatria competed for the prize in the “Primary care support” category, with Cooperativa Medici di Milano Centro, which presented an artificial intelligence and telemedicine system to support community medicine organized in cooperatives.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance that digital technologies can have in making the national health system more sustainable, effective and resilient. “I am happy with this result” – said provincial councilor for health, social policies, disability and family Stefania Segnana – “The TreC Pediatria project, which was developed together with pediatricians and tested in Trentino last year, now contributes to support our healthcare professionals by making an innovative, effective and safe service available to all patients residing in the Autonomous Province of Trento”.

What is TreC Pediatria

The Trento Province Committee for Pediatricians, at the request of the doctors, has agreed to use telemedicine as a tool to ensure follow-up care to its patients during the health emergency. So, 60 families and 5 Trentino pediatricians tested, as of July 2020, a digital solution that enables communication and exchange of information between the patient’s family and the pediatrician. Through a medical dashboard and a mobile application, integrated into the TreC platform, doctors can provide services to their patients remotely, avoiding assembling at the clinics and thus reducing the likelihood of spreading the Coronavirus. The TreC Pediatria platform, which was also developed with the contribution of the Foundation for the Enhancement of Trentino Research (VRT), integrates various functions: remote visiting, which allows the pediatrician to prescribe and visit the patient, a chat channel that can be activated by the pediatrician, which allows asynchronous and bidirectional communication between doctor and patient and a protected area for sharing multimedia files (images, PDF files, etc.).
Since the digitization process of the health ecosystem proceeds at different paces and is often fragmented and non-homogeneous, the aim of the conference organized by the Politecnico di Milano was to create opportunities for knowledge and sharing of the best digital health projects in Italy and to identify the actions to be put in place, in terms of resources to invest, governance models, skills of health professionals and citizens/patients to implement actual transformation towards a Connected Care model.
“Precisely during the experimentation”- Diego Conforti, director of the Innovation and Research Office of the PAT Health and Social Policies Department” we realized that the secure platform, already known to citizens as TreC, was ideal for integrating remote visiting for pediatrics, because it responds to the needs and requirements of doctors and patients, operating within a secure technology environment integrated with the Trento Province Healthcare system’s information system. Hence, the innovation of an integrated system has benefited patients and families who, even though they did not go to the doctor’s office, were able to have their care monitored through virtual visits, without any risk to their health “.
“After the first experiments”- concludes councilor Segnana – “the goal is certainly ambitious, but feasible: to be able to exploit the solutions that have also emerged in other health areas or for other therapeutic and monitoring needs, and to make these technologies a service soon available to the entire Trentino communities”.

The other winners
Broadcast in live streaming, the 2021 edition of the Digital Innovation Award in Health of the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano, the Digital Innovation in Health Observatory* (www. viewers.net), has assigned, in addition to TS4.0‘s TreC Pediatria (indicated as the Autonomous Province of Trento), the award to: AReSS Puglia, in the “Hospital-local mcommunity integration services”, ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano di Niguarda in the “Services for the treatment of specific conditions” section, and to the Poliambulanza Foundation of Brescia in the” Services to support clinical and care processes” section. The special mentions were attributed to the North West Tuscany AUSL, the Multiple Sclerosis Center of the ASP 8 in Syracuse, the Operation Smile Foundation, the ASST dei Sette Laghi (for the “Vicino@te” project, also used in Trentino) and Sardinia Region. The Poliambulanza Foundation of Brescia also won the public prize and the ASL Cuneo 2 the prize awarded by the Italian Federation of Healthcare systems (FIASO). The winning projects represent examples of digital technologies used as a lever for innovation and change.

Mamma Beatrice, with little Gaia, and doctor Monica Ghezzi tell us how they lived the experimentation of the TreC_Pediatrics system:

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About the Author

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