Mobilizing efforts to drive the DMP forward

Points de vue | 15 Mar 2012
Point of view by Christian Huart, Director of Picardy e-health GCS.

What are GCS e-health Picardy's major projects?

We are mainly working in two areas, on projects relating to medical information sharing and to telemedicine. In terms of information sharing, this mainly involves the DMP, DCC (the shared oncology record) and health networks. In terms of telemedicine, we have launched a programme which resulted in the first remote consultation, which took place in December 2011. This project is called COMEDI-e (innovative medical co-operation in e-health), and it has proposed a range of services aiming to provide equipment for all telemedicine activities. We are also continuing to roll out the regional secure telecommunications network that will be accessible to healthcare facilities in the region. Finally, as part of the Emergence programme, we are working on a security policy for information systems, focused primarily on ENRS (regional digital health environments).

What are the main features of the DMP project in the Picardy region?

Picardy was one of the four regions in which the DMP was trialled. We started rolling out the regional health record in 2007, which enabled us to test how the sharing of medical information worked in healthcare facilities and in independent doctors' offices. At the end of the trial, in late 2011, around 150,000 patients had benefited from the scheme. Following the trial, we were therefore one of the first regions to switch to the DMP. The transition was as follows at the end of 2011: 11 healthcare facilities were DMP-compatible, 283 healthcare professionals were able to create and enter data into DMPs, and around 15,000 records had been created.

What are your current objectives for the DMP?

One of our objectives is to stimulate patient interest more, so that they consider the DMP as being their own record. Another aim is to ensure that a further seven or eight facilities become DMP-compatible, as well as several dozen more independent healthcare professionals. This will be achieved by stepping up the communication process that was begun in 2011, involving not only facilities, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, but also the general public.  We must now shift our focus on to three areas: software companies, to ensure that their products are DMP-compatible; independent healthcare professionals and those working in hospitals, to ensure that they are on board with the project; and patients, so that they can take ownership of their own DMPs.


The Picardy e-health GCS is the contracting authority in e-health, and its aim is to promote the development of health and social care information systems in the Picardy region. It is tasked with helping to improve patient management and improve the efficiency of the healthcare system in Picardy, using a policy for modernizing its information systems, in line with the regional health policy set out by Picardy ARS.