Creation of the GCS MATISS in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais | 09 Oct 2012
The Nord-Pas-de-Calais Agence régionale de santé (ARS) has announced the creation of a regional project manager for shared healthcare information systems. This new structure will be in the form of a health cooperation grouping (GCS), called MATISS (standing for the French for ‘harnessing the contribution of information technology in healthcare and medico-social care’) in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
GCS MATISS will be added to the 23 regional project managers already set up, which also function as operational pipelines for e-health policies. As such, these structures implement public e-health policies, both at regional level as part of strategic guidelines laid down in the regional health projects and managed by the regional health agencies (ARS), and at national level in connection with ASIP Santé (electronic health record [DMP], secure messaging, telemedicine, etc.).

The creation of GCS MATISS will satisfy the crucial need for a collective governance and coordination structure for digital health technology development projects in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a densely populated region (fourth most populated in the country) and is seeing numerous initiatives emerging from the e-health sector.

A constituent general meeting took place on the initiative of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais ARS on 25 June with the aim of adopting the founding agreement of the GCS and identifying the first volunteer members. The meeting proved extremely fruitful, as 80 healthcare and medico-social structures in the region have become official members of the GCS since it was founded. Amongst them are public and private healthcare institutions, but also medico-social institutions and healthcare groupings and centres. The participation of the ONCO-Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional oncology network, which has been working since 2003 on developing healthcare coordination for cancer patients, is also an important addition. It also seems representative bodies of healthcare professions want to play a part, with the integration of regional unions of healthcare professions (URPS) for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

The draft founding agreement proposed by the ARS, which details the GCS’s mandate, was approved at the meeting. For most of the regional healthcare and medico-social stakeholders, the GCS will have to manage collective and structural projects and those of regional interest, as well as study, assessment and expertise mandates in the field of shared health information systems, telemedicine and telehealth.

The progress and enthusiasm is testament to the work of the ARS in the development of e-health in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, and its determination to bring together all the local stakeholders in creating the GCS.

This consensus bodes well for the future.