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Digital follow-up of HIV patients

The ITM HIV clinic tests an innovative way to monitor HIV patients.

04-05-17

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The HIV clinic of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) tests an innovative way to monitor HIV patients, replacing one face-to-face consultation out of two by a digital follow-up.

Who?
Stable patients, in consultation with their physician.

How does it work?
The selected participants will receive their lab results and - from 2018 - digital prescriptions via a secure smartphone application. If the physician decides that everything is in order, and the patient agrees, he or she does not need to come to the clinic.

When?
In June 2017, the first patients will start with the digital follow-up in ITM’s HIV clinic. Patients will be followed for eighteen months to two years, but will be able to freely use the app for at least five years. After that, a small contribution might be required. Participating patients do save time and travel costs. Earlier studies have already shown that digital follow-up has no negative impacts on the health of patients.

Background
ITM is doing this research in the context of EmERGE, a European Union funded research project. The new follow-up method will also be tested in HIV clinics in the UK, Croatia, Spain and Portugal. The objective of this pilot project is to find out whether the new method guarantees the same quality of follow-up, is user friendly for patients and doctors, and is cost effective. Earlier studies have already shown that digital follow-up has no negative impacts on the health of patients.

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