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information sharing between healthcare professionals in
hospital and ambulatory care.
Both projects are based on two main integrated solutions:
HYDMedia, which is an Agfa HealthCare solution for securely
archiving paper-based information and sharing, indexing and
distributing it in an electronic format across the organisation;
and Domicalis.com, a system developed by Radhius, which
runs on tablets, smartphones and tactile devices and provides
services to coordinate the patient and healthcare actors.
How and why were these projects conceived?
The first project was born from a national call for innovative
ehealth projects that is part of the French government’s
“Investments for the future” programme.
The second project was born from the Cluster TIC Sante
Aquitaine, created by Agfa HealthCare with the Aquitaine
Regional Council. It includes more than 60 institutions,
large national and international companies, start-ups, health
research laboratories, and universities. It aims to maintain and
consolidate the leadership of the Aquitaine region in France
in healthcare information and communications technologies.
PELICAN itself is an information system for cancer based on
the existing system at the University Hospital of Bordeaux.
It will provide a new system for the 3C organization –
Coordination Centre for Cancer Research – of the Hospital.
What are the expectations and results so far for these
projects in the area of continuum of care?
It is early days yet and we are still in the experimental phase
for both projects. The results and evaluation are due at the
end of 2015.
The objectives of the projects include improving the
coordination of care for dependant patients through
continuum of information management, while at the same
time improving their comfort and every-day life. The projects
also aim to make staff more productive, reduce the number
of examinations, reduce errors and oversights, and reduce
the cost of care. In addition they will populate the DMP – the
national patient record.
LICORNE has been launched in the geriatric ward of the
University Hospital of Nice. Patients of this department
are selected to be part of the trial according to a selection
protocol that considers their dependence level – the AGGIR
Grid. A new responsibility has been defined: the case manager
who coordinates the patient’s move from the hospital into the
continuum of care.
What are the next steps and further plans for the projects?
We are developing a portal, which in its current format has
been deployed in a significant number of customer sites,
mainly in Germany, and focuses on providing access to GPs.
We are actively working on solutions that will help to explicitly
target a larger group of users and we will be designing and
implementing functionality that will play an important role in
the care cycle.
We think that mHealth will assist in creating a continuum of
care between provider institutions and the patient’s home,
giving the possibility for people to seek care and/or wellbeing.
Our information systems are being transformed into solutions
to serve the needs of healthcare organizations, professionals
and patients. So our vision for mHealth integrated with
eHealth positions the next generation of information systems
to be able to combine: education and awareness; diagnostic
and treatment support; communication for healthcare
workers; remote monitoring; and remote data collection.