Good telemedicine practice under the microscope
ASIP Santé and the French trade union group for the electric, electronic and communications industry (FIEEC) are conducting a study that aims to determine the key success factors for the deployment of telemedicine applications. The goal is to implement these in France.
The e-health sector has great potential, and presents both social and economic dimensions. Socially, the key is to guarantee fair access to healthcare in a context characterized by an ageing population and a decline in medical demography in certain parts of France, while the economic issues include stimulating innovation and creating jobs and growth.
Towards an "industrialization" of practices in France.
- Professional conduct (patient consent, medical confidentiality, and joint liability for requested and requesting doctors, etc);
- The establishment of cooperation agreements between healthcare professionals, such as cooperation structures between institutions (regional hospital communities – CHTs and health cooperation groupings – GCS);
- Monitoring the protocols and recommendations defined by the French national authority for health (HAS) and the professional bodies in order to guarantee the quality and safety of healthcare.
In addition, the priorities for developing telemedecine and telehealth appear better shared at national level:
- Intensifying the monitoring of patients with chronic diseases (the list of 30 long-term illnesses known as the ALD 30);
- Opening up health institutions to outside scrutiny;
- Developing alternatives that reduce the length of hospital stays and facilitate outpatient and home hospital treatment, and home support.
Identifying the success factors
The French trade union group for the electric, electronic and communications industry (FIEEC) is an alliance of 26 trade unions in the energy, automation, electricity, electronics, digital and consumer goods sectors.
These different sectors comprise over 2,000 businesses (86% of which are small and medium-sized enterprises), employ almost 400,000 people and produce a turnover in excess of 82 billion euros.
The areas covered by the FIEEC's remit are: legal, technical and environmental expertise; occupational training; and administrative and customs regulations.
The FIEEC maintains a dialogue with national and European authorities to make them aware of the challenges faced by industry and to express the common positions taken by the industries it represents.
1 Accelerating the Development of the eHealth Market in Europe, eHealth Taskforce report 2007, European Commission
2 Explaining international IT application leadership, Daniel Castro, Innovation Technology & Information Foundation (September 2009)
3 Une stratégie industrielle pour les marchés du futur (An industrial strategy for the markets of the future): Report on government proposals drawn up under the presidency of Pierre Gattaz (June 2008)
4 La place de la Télémédecine dans l’organisation des soins (The role of telemedicine in the organization of healthcare): Mission report by Pierre Simon and Dominique Acker, general councillors for French healthcare institutions (November 2008); La Télésanté, un nouvel atout au service de notre bien-être (Telehealth: a new way of safeguarding our wellbeing): Report by Pierre Lasbordes, deputy for l’Essonne (October 2009)
5 The law recognizes four types of telemedical act: medical teleconsultation, teleexpertise, telemonitoring and teleassistance.
6 These priority areas also appear in the report by deputy Pierre Lasbordes, submitted to the French Ministry of Health in December 2009: La télésanté, un nouvel atout au service de notre bien-être (Telehealth: a new way of safeguarding our wellbeing).