Philips today announced a new Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program which, over the course of two years and across five European regions, will assess and implement telemedicine systems to help manage patient care in three of the largest chronic disease areas, heart failure, COPD and diabetes patients. The aim is to establish a collection of actionable best practice case studies that can be rolled out across Europe. The aim is to realise the potential to save billions of euros for healthcare systems and, as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (EIP-AHA), to help increase the average healthy lifespan by two years, by 2020. The five European regions involved are the Basque Country and Catalonia in Spain, Groningen in the Netherlands, Lombardy in Italy and Scotland in the UK. Full details in the press release: EU-funded program to develop first “cookbook” for coordinated care and telehealth deployment.