The National Lung Hospital in Vietnam was the first to utilize DHP incentives to improve the health outcomes of patients. Patients received Digital Health Points when filling out questionnaires presented inside the app via the REDCap data collection tool. The project started in December 2019 and was halted shortly after due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
In December 2019, the Vietnam National Lung Hospital (NLH) in Hanoi started to use dHealth’s CENTIVA Life app to manage patients suffering from tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis treatment duration varies, however, it is almost always very lengthy. The average duration of tuberculosis treatment is 9 months, and the treatment is very strong antibiotics. This means that treatment adherence is very important because if the treatment medication consumption is halted contrary to the doctor’s prescription, there is a danger that the disease will become antibiotic-resistant. If a disease becomes resistant to antibiotic treatment, it can easily become life-threatening.
The partnership between dHealth and the NLH aimed to increase treatment adherence by providing Digital Health Points (DHP) incentives to patients for filling out questionnaires presented inside dHealth’s app.
A secondary goal was also achieved, since patients were filling out questionnaires on their disease & treatment—this inevitably resulted in strengthening the knowledge base for patient treatment and care.
The project was originally intended to include 5,000 Tuberculosis patients at the NLH annually. In parallel, data collection is extended to patients suffering from different respiratory diseases. Due to the pandemic, the project was halted; however, since the pandemic ended recently, it is likely to resume.