The French Medical Board has published a white paper called “De la e-santé à la santé connectée” (From e-health to smart health).
The Medical Board, thus acknowledges “the exponential development of connected health applications and objects”, as well as the necessity for doctors not to “ignore this world”, on the contrary, they need to take these tools on to “improve their art”.
The aim of this white paper is to define the correct use of mobile health for the best possible patient-doctor relationships and to formulate the following guidelines:
- Promote an adapted and calibrated European regulation
- Pursue scientific assessment
- Encourage an ethical use of smart health technologies
- Develop digital literacy
- Implement a national e-health strategy.
The topic which has had the most reactions is the reimbursement of connected devices: « Once connected applications and objects have been assessed and their benefits for individual and/or widespread health have been acknowledged, it would make sense that they be funded by the community […] The Medical Board wants the question of funding of certain tools to be handled as soon as their benefits have been scientifically assessed. If it is confirmed that they have a human or economic advantage, not only for well-being, but also in terms of prevention, health education, extending independence at home, assisting disability, the Medical Board considers that public health policies should include them in the curative system ».
The white paper makes a valid statement that “mhealth use cannot become a durable practice without a sense of trust” which will be facilitated by good practices in terms of confidentiality and the protection of data collected, but also by the necessity for scientific assessment.
Medissimo slots into this process, building on our experience since 2006 and twenty or so scientific papers attesting to our approach to prepared treatment and medication adherence.
The smart pill box which, according to the CCM Benchmark, is in the Top 5 most interesting smart objects is an active part of this dynamic.
In the 36 pages which we highly recommend that you read, the authors write about the major evolutions in smart health, defining terms such as e-health, Telehealth, Telemedicine and mhealth, and outlining the profile of mobile users whether they are health professionals, patients or people with chronic illnesses.
There is lots of information to help us and you to reflect on these topics.
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