Introduction of the telemonitoring device Turbo+ in the management of patients suffering from asthma in Italy: a budget impact analysis
Keywords:Adherence, Asthma, Budget impact analysis, Economic evaluation, Telemedicine
Introduction: Adherence to long-term asthma control drugs is one of the key factors in improving disease management among patients with asthma. Poor adherence to long-term therapies significantly compromises the effectiveness of treatment and represents a problem in controlling the disease in terms of quality of life and economic impact. A budget impact analysis has been developed taking into account that Turbo+ technology (electronic monitoring device) can increase adherence to therapy in patients suffering from asthma.
Results: The differential analysis shows an incremental saving in terms of resources absorbed by the National Health Service (NHS) over the time horizon considered. In the first year the savings are equal to € 795,658.64 and in the fifth year they are equal to € 3,520,636.34 for a total of resources saved in 5 years of € 10,882,028.50.
Conclusions. The model shows how the diffusion of the Turbo+ programme can lead to savings in terms of health resources consumed by the NHS. Further analyses with new real-world data on adherence in asthmatic patients could be useful in confirming the results of the present analysis.
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