The OPIMEC Project

People, Health Equity and Innovation


This project uses a Web 2.0 platform to promote the creation of a global taxonomy for the management of chronic diseases, the identification of innovative organizations and practices from around the world, and the adoption of an operational framework to facilitate their classification and adaptation across geographic, political, cultural, linguistic and professional boundaries.


Chronic diseases affect most people over the age of 65 years and are responsible for two thirds of human deaths worldwide. The situation is likely to worsen with the progressive ageing of the population.

There are many successful efforts around the world designed to improve the management of chronic diseases. However, there are few effective mechanisms to allow the easy transfer, adaptation and use of knowledge generated in a region of the world to another. As a result, most successful efforts to improve the management of chronic diseases tend to have limited impact beyond the communities or institutions within which they developed.

This project, which is supported by the Andalusian Ministry of Health in Spain, is facilitating the identification, classification and adaptation of innovative practices on chronic disease management, worldwide.

Funding Agency

Andalusian Ministry of Health, Spain

Project Sponsor

Jadad, A.


University of Toronto and University Health Network, Canada

Pan American Health Organization, USA

Calgary Health Region, Canada

National Health Group, Singapore

Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Disease Management Unit, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Chronic Disease Management Initiative in the Calgary Health Region, Canada

Canadian Chronic Disease Network

Université de Montreal, Canada

Project Team

Alberto Barceló (PAHO)

Marco Bonollo (Australia)

Bernard Burnand (Switzerland)

Jason Cheah (Singapore)

Sandra Delon (Canada)

Jose Rocha (Spain)

Encarnacion Peinado (Spain)

Purificacion Galvez (Spain)

Amédé Gogovor (Canada)

Pablo Rivero (Canada)

Peter Sargious (Canada)

For more information about this project, contact:

Jessie Venegas