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Diabetes Mellitus (DM) affects about 8% of the population in Greece and FYROM. The vast majority of patients with DM type 1 are adolescences and children while middle aged and elderly population are more vulnerable to DM type 2. Obesity is characterised today as a global epidemic. More than 16% of the adult population in Europe is obese and 1 in 3 children are obese. DM and Obesity are metabolic diseases with serious health impact and they both consist CardioVascular (CV) risk factors. Nevertheless there are a lot of isolated communities at the Greece-FYROM cross-border areas which have tremendous difficulties to access the public health services and "Continuity of Care".
COMETECH aims to be an innovative mean for introducing Continuity of Care aiming to:
- Support a collaboration between research teams from the two countries of scientists from different scientific fields to develop a common strategy for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of Obesity, DM and CV Disease (CVD).
- Raise awareness of the local and national authorities regarding the above issues, and c) Inform the regional population on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the above diseases.
The project will establish 4 e-health units -2 in each country- at isolated and deprived communities, collaborated each other. The establishment of the e-health units into three hospitals and the Nursing Department in ATEITH will allow affordable access to medical services within Greece-FYROM cross-border area. These units (equipped by state-of-the-art medical devices, supported by an advanced software application and medical staff) will record data of local people and offer valuable and high quality medical care services. The records of the citizens using the COMETECH services will be safely and easily accessible by their physicians. The involved public bodies will be encouraged to use COMETECH services as a tool for introducing high quality continuity of health care in their respective regions.