KRONIKGUNE (Basque Country, Spain)
KRONIKGUNE (Asociacion Centro de Excelencia Internacional en Investigacion sobre Cronicidad – Basque Center for Health Services, Research and Chronicity) is an international excellence centre in research on chronicity, who entrusts institutional representation on international projects and actions aimed at developing products and services and their deployment for the whole Basque population (2,2M inhabitants). The aim of this research center is to enable innovative practices and the structured generation of scientific evidence regarding chronicity and health services sustainability.
KRONIKGUNE consists of more than 300 researchers belonging to the Basque Public Health System (Osakidetza) grouped into 31 research groups. The scientific research program followed by these research groups is clustered into 6 interconnected areas: population focus, health promotion and disease prevention, patient autonomy, continuity of care, adapted interventions and research on results.
KRONIKGUNE has a clear international vocation aiming to establish interregional partnerships with other European regions, emphasizing that knowledge oriented to the implementation and extension of products and services in any health system.
KRONIKGUNE is one of the specialized regional entities in the design, implementation and assessment of the regional policies and strategies in Chronic Care. Indeed, KRONIKGUNE, together with Osakidetza, is involved in different European initiatives funded by FP7, CIP and Health Program related to large-scale deployment of telemedicine and telecare solutions, future internet technology-based eHealth services, patient empowerment and implementation of integrated care. In addition, KRONIKGUNE-Osakidetza binomial participates in EIP-AHA working groups and the Basque Country is a candidate for Reference Site.
KRONIKGUNE also leads the Spanish Network for Research in Chronicity (REDISEC) funded by the Institute of Health Carlos III belonging to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. REDISEC consists of 117 researchers grouped into 14 multidisciplinary teams from 8 different Autonomous Communities. The professional profile of the researchers varies from epidemiological and statistical expertise to general practitioners. The ultimate goal of REDISEC is the development of a comprehensive scientific program on health services research and chronic care in order to help the National Health System in decision making. KRONIKGUNE is responsible for the coordination of the research groups and the fulfillment of the defined objectives.
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