Health improvement in a regionalised framework

According to the most recent findings of the World Health Organization, heart disease, tumors, respiratory illnesses and diabetes are responsible for the majority of deaths, illness and health care costs in the world. In Italy and in the rest of Europe, this group of chronic illnesses, which share several risk factors linked to unhealthy lifestyles (smoking, alcohol abuse, improper nutrition, excess weight and/or obesity, little physical activity) is responsible for 86% of deaths, 77% of the healthy years lost and 75% of health care costs.

This phenomenon is not associated with wealth: in fact, such diseases more frequently strike the most disadvantaged classes of society. A common element in these risk factors is that they mostly relate to individual behaviors, although they are strongly influenced by the social, economic and environmental context in which one lives and works.

The report "Stewardship and governance in decentralised health systems: an Italian case study" discusses the challenges. Download the full report here.

Sustainable European Healthcare Infrastructure

Sustainable European Healthcare Infrastructure: innovation in procurement, planning and design for a green future - Bologna, Italy, 12-14 October 2011

The 2012 European Health Property Network workshop was organised in partnership with LCB-HEALTHCARE, a European Lead Market public procurement network that aims to stimulate innovation for low carbon, sustainable, green solutions in the healthcare building sector. The hosts for the 2011 workshop were the Società Italiana dell’Architettura e dell’Ingegneria per la Sanità (SIAIS - Italian Society for Healthcare Architecture and Engineering).

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EuHPN Report on Guidelines and Standards

Healthcare facilities are public buildings, and therefore have to meet national minimum standards in relation to fire safety, staff and patient safety, and – often – areas such as light levels, accessibility for disabled visitors, air quality, and a number of other basic measures. These standards are normally enshrined in legislation, and may therefore be embodied in the guidance offered by professional bodies, consultancy companies, and other relevant agencies.

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