ASIP Santé publishes a prospective study on the information systems of independent nurses (updated)

Services | 08 Aug 2013

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ASIP Santé is publishing a prospective study on the information systems of independent nurses. It highlights the roles, tasks and requirements of nurses, and makes recommendations for developing the current range of industry-specific software available. The aim is to promote the use of e-health amongst professionals who are firmly involved in the coordination of care – in particular in the outpatient and care-at-home sectors.

Nurses have played a specific role in the coordination of care for a long time now. At the heart of treatment, they form the closest bond with patients and consult and gather key information on their state of health.

However, the limited use of industry-specific software by healthcare professionals, in particular independent healthcare professionals, is a major obstacle to the sharing and exchanging of health information needed for coordinating care and treatment – in particular in terms of populating the electronic health record (DMP).

On that basis, in September 2012, ASIP Santé set up a study involving a group of representatives of professionals in order to: 

  • Shed specific light on the roles and tasks of independent nurses;
  • Describe their functional needs in meeting their current and future challenges; and
  • Make recommendations for promoting the development of the range of software packages currently available and their adoption.


Carried out over four months, up until December 2012, the prospective study has now been published and is available for download.

It highlights four objectives the IT solutions of independent nurses must meet, to best support their work and practice. There are also four recommendations for promoting the development of more suitable e-health solutions.

  • Promote the implementation of treatment functions within existing industry-specific software,
  • Safeguard security in digital health information sharing by integrating the rules in force,
  • Support the development of care coordination and cooperation between healthcare professionals by drawing up structured documents,
  • Inscribe the development of software ranges into a standard and consistent framework, coherent with the general design principles of health information systems.

The independent sector has been attracting a growing number of nurses since the 1980s. Independent nurses, the majority of whom are women, today account for nearly 15% of all nurses (82,000 on 01 January 2011 [1]).

Furthermore, the demand for nursing care is set to increase and diversify given, in particular, the growing number of dependent individuals, the development of chronic diseases, and patients’ increased need for therapeutic education.

[1] Directorate for Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (DREES), Series of Statistics no.158, Healthcare professionals on 01 January 2011, July 2011 (
DREES, Série Statistiques n°158, Les professions de santé au 1er janvier 2011, Juillet 2011.) 

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130516_ASIP_Etude_SI_Infirmiers_20130327_v3_2_BD.pdf1.39 MB