2011, e-health forges ahead

Points of view | 15 Mar 2012
Point of view of Michel Gagneux, president of ASIP Santé and Jean-Yves Robin, director of ASIP Santé.
 
For its own protection, our healthcare system must continue to improve, and to respond to four major challenges: ensuring better coordination and continuity of care; improved efficiency; providing equal access for all individuals to quality healthcare; managing the effects of the ageing of the population. The use of digital communications technology is a lever in responding to these challenges. ASIP Santé is tasked with developing the conditions required to ensure this technology is available to healthcare professionals and patients. 

Measurable progress has been made in 2011. The launch of the electronic health record (DMP) was a priority project for ASIP Santé. Since the launch of the first national data sharing service in January, all healthcare stakeholders have been able to try out the system and start using it. Although its commissioning was a success on a technical level, problems were also identified with the adoption of the system by users. Two calls for tenders were issued to regions and healthcare institutions. 

2011 will also have been a year in which there was a wealth of events for telemedicine. The identification of five priority projects, in March 2011, followed by “telehealth” aspects of regional health projects, completed the governance mechanism and identified areas for healthcare development on a regional level. ASIP Santé assisted with the development of this public policy through its strategic vision, its expertise and experience.

The on-going input of data to the shared register of healthcare professionals (RPPS), in particular by a population of doctors, and the renewal on a national level of healthcare professional cards (CPS) were two other highlights. Finally, mindful that interoperability of information systems does not end at national borders, in 2011 ASIP Santé continued its work on an international level.

However, none of these projects could have become a reality without a policy to ensure on-going dialogue and collaboration with all the stakeholders involved.

Now that structural projects such as the DMP are being implemented, e-health is becoming a reality, which means that ASIP Santé gains legitimacy and responsibility in its role as a key player in this sector. The agency must now move on to the next level, with all of its projects progressing from the experimental or start-up phase to the stage in which it is rolled out and standard practice developed.

Extract from the ASIP Santé's Annual Report 2011.