O. Vlijter, Netherlands

ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre BoD
I am a funding consultant and e-mental health expert. In the past 20+ years I have developed and implemented nationally and EU funded projects in the field of healthcare, industry, education, culture and international business cooperation. In 2009 I started with developing e-mental health projects for the in Diemen (NL) based ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, a specialised psycho trauma treatment and research centre (with about 380 staff). The main aim of these projects has been to promote high quality e-mental health development and implementation for prevention and ('blended care') treatment. In the past 10 years, I have developed a broad understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of e-mental health development and implementation. I have developed project with a volume of over 11 million euros, with a multidisciplinary and integrated approach, which is crucial for successfully promoting digital mental health care technology. Since 2016 I am project leader of the Interreg NWE funded ‘e-mental health innovation and transnational implementation platform North West Europe’ (eMEN) project. This is a 6.2 million euro project which will be finalised in June 2022. I have two master's degrees: one in International Relations (University of Utrecht) and one in European Studies on Science and Technology (University of Maastricht). I have also studied at the University of Florida (USA) and the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (FR).

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LIVE - Symposium: Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe (ID 608) No Topic Needed

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11:08 - 11:28
LIVE - Symposium: Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe (ID 608) No Topic Needed

S0017 - Managing the Challenges in Implementing Digital Mental Health in Europe

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The demand for mental health care is increasing globally as a result of societal challenges such as automation, increased economic competition, unemployment and the growing impact of climate change. The direct and indirect economic costs of mental health problems are substantial, totalling over € 600 billion yearly across the EU (OECD 2018). The COVID-19 crisis has led to an additional increase in demand and has changed the way care is delivered. Since March 2020 there has been a significant increase in the use of e-mental health (eMH), telemental health in particular.

eMH can contribute to keeping services, accessible, affordable and patient focused. The eMEN project (funded by the EU Interreg North-West-Europe programme) is promoting the latter through a European cooperation platform for eMH development, research and implementation. This platform focuses on high quality and professional ‘blended care’, which combines face-to-face and online treatment.

The implementation of eMH has been slow and varies considerably between EU countries, even though this technology has been on the market for over 20 years. The reasons for this are related to quality problems (e.g. validation, usability), resistance from clinicians, lack of blended care treatment protocols, digital skills, reimbursement systems and policies and other barriers. Many service providers and public health authorities are increasing their efforts to overcome these barriers. This presentation will give a short overview of how the eMEN project is trying to overcome these barriers and accelerate the eMH implementation process.

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