ANAP publishes detailed study of 25 telemedicine projects

Télémédecine | 08 Oct 2012
To mark national telemedicine day, which falls today, the Agence Nationale d’Appui à la Performance des établissements de santé et médico-sociaux (ANAP) is publishing a guide that lists and analyzes 25 mature telemedicine projects, with the aim of identifying lessons that can be applied to the development of future projects.
Telemedicine is one of the main answers to the many demographic, economic and epidemiological challenges our healthcare system is currently facing. The government has already identified these challenges, and has made them the focus of strategic decisions over recent years, such as the  Law 2009 « Hôpital, patients, santé, territoires » (HPST), the telemedicine decree of October 2010, and multiple  calls for proposals that aim to support the operational development of this work.

The fact that these decrees were issued so recently shows that telemedicine is a very new phenomenon. In a field where so much is still to be done, there are few projects that have reached a mature stage, and the difficulty for project leads lies in the lack of direct experience that would enable them to establish the various operational phases required.

In order to meet this need, ANAP is publishing a study that lists and analyzes 25 mature telemedicine projects, so that lessons can be drawn that might be useful for the development of future projects and those that are currently in the early stages.

The document is aimed at telemedicine project leaders and Agences régionales de santé (ARS), and is designed to help these bodies in consolidating existing telemedicine organizations or establishing new projects, focusing on the medical dimension and the organizational, technical, legal, financial, human resources, governance, project management and evaluation aspects. The projects are listed according to national priorities.

The analysis shows that there is a very diverse range of situations, as a result of the varying levels of maturity of the organizations involved. However, the study does identify five factors that are key to success: the medical project should meet an existing need; it should be closely overseen by a medical co-ordinator; the organizational methods should be suitable and supported by protocols; there should be new skills that can be evaluated; and there should be a well-constructed economic model.

The study also suggests that the national telemedicine rollout plan should be implemented; this has been updated by the direction générale de l’offre de soins (DGOS). 

This document is being published to mark the one-day conference on telemedicine that has been organized by ANAP, entitled Telemedicine in action: experience from 25 current projects, to assist with national rollout le document est available (in French) for download on the ANAP website.

Source: ANAP