A National Hematology Network will be established. The pilot will cover six voivodeships

A National Hematology Network will be established.  The pilot will cover six voivodeships

Another pilot program will be launched soon – the National Hematology Network. The government will spend over PLN 111 million for this purpose. Who will benefit? What can patients count on? Check.

The Ministry of Health presented a draft pilot program of the National Hematology Network (KSH). The consultations will last 14 days. The regulation will enter into force at the end of August.

Who will be covered by the National Hematology Network?

The pilot program is aimed at adult patients (over 18 years of age) diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, acute lymphoblastic or myeloid leukemia. The initiative will be implemented in six voivodeships – Lower Silesia, Łódź, Masovia, Silesia, Greater Poland and West Pomerania. The National Hematology Network will include three types of centers – basic, specialized and highly specialized. Its activities are to be coordinated by the Institute of Hematology and Transfusion in Warsaw. Additionally, in each of the regions implementing the pilot program, there will be provincial coordinating centers.

What will patients gain from the National Hematology Network?

The primary goal of the initiative is – as we read in the regulation of the Minister of Health – “to assess the quality and effectiveness of care for an adult beneficiary who meets the conditions specified in the pilot program, (as well as) the organization and effectiveness of a comprehensive, coordinated model of medical care under the pilot program.” Patients who use the services provided by the National Oncology Network can count on diagnostic tests and treatment. The entire process will be adapted to the situation of a specific patient. Its course will be determined by a therapeutic team consisting of (at least) two doctors specialists in hematology. The above-mentioned group may additionally include a specialist in clinical transplantology. This applies to situations in which the patient is qualified for the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedure.

How long will the pilot program last?

The program was divided into three stages – the period of organization (6 months), implementation (24 months) and evaluation (4 months). It is fully financed by the National Health Fund. He is also responsible for the implementation, monitoring and subsequent evaluation of the entire initiative. Over PLN 11 million was allocated for the project.

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