How to improve screening programs

A smart approach to population screening is vital for a healthy society. Prevention and early detection benefit patients as well as healthcare providers. During our round table on Best practices in screening, stakeholders from The Netherlands and Colombia shared their solutions and experiences.

How can the accessibility, impact and cost-effectiveness of screening methods be increased? Resonandina, Topicus and Erasmus MC presented their solutions. Forty medical stakeholders from Colombia joined the session, representing for instance the Ministry of Health & Social Protection, insurance provicers and national research institutions. After the presentations, a lively discussion generated interesting insights, including three possibles areas of collaboration.

1) Automation for improved diagnostics

Population screening programs are already in place in Colombia as well. How would these solutions from The Netherlands add value? A key finding during this round table: the program in Colombia consists of steps that can be fully automated. From recruitment to the actual screening and diagnosis. Not only will this increase the program’s cost-effectiveness, it will also reduce errors.

In The Netherlands, Topicus developed the digital platform for national screening programs, and fully automated the process. It is a fast way to arrive at better diagnoses – and offers improved monitoring possibilities.

2) Cervical cancer screening: a pilot program

There are many cases of cervical cancer in Colombia. In The Netherlands, the advanced national screening programs have led to a decrease. To achieve the same result in Colombia, Roelof Krist (Topicus) suggested starting a pilot program. They are looking for an EPS to partner with. Together, they can reach out to a substantial population.

Inge de Kok (Assistant Professor at Erasmus MC) shared estimated effects of changes to the Colombian cervical cancer screening programme. These estimates were made with Erasmus MC’s MISCAN solution, which predicts the effects of screening as well as its costs. De Kok discussed a way to reduce the number of screening moments and lab tests while increasing the effectivity of early detection.

The number of people participating in screening programmes can increase thanks to Resonandina’s mobile screening solutions. Then, it is no longer necessary for patients to travel long distances in order to get to hospitals. Resonandina’s turn-key equipment can be rented and set up very quickly. They are accessible to people with a disability and meet all the local requirements.

3) Including children in screening programs

Multiple stakeholders from Colombia showed an interest in the inclusion of children in screening programs. As Erasmus MC’s Inge de Kok discussed, children are involved in some screening programs. This includes screening for loss of hearing and loss of vision. Children are screened for language disorders and Down syndrome as well. Erasmus MC is glad to share their experiences.

Detecting disease early on is better for everyone. If you want to improve your screening approach, find out more about Resonandina’s mobile screening solutions for increased accessibility, the smart digital platform by Topicus for automated screening programs, and Erasmus MC’s modelling to predict effects and costs of screening programmes.

This was the first of four round tables. Next up are round tables on Patient Safety & Cost-effectiveness, Mobility & Vitality, and Evidence-based Telehealth.



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