Sébastien Marché, director of strategic operations at Orange Healthcare, gives his predictions for the French market for remote-care services, including imminent changes to regulations governing telemedecine.
Sébastien will be speaking at the Digital Home World Summit 2013 event, taking place in London on 18th-19th June. For more information and to register, please visit www.digitalhomeworldsummit.com.
“The first key change that will continue to gain momentum in the near future is changes to regulatory mechanisms governing remote or home-based patient care and follow-up through healthcare ICTs.
“The balancing act between ensuring patient safety, on one hand, and fostering innovation and growth, on the other, will be a key focus of the regulatory landscape for the foreseeable future.”
“The issue of ‘who pays for all of this’ will continue to be a sticking point for rapid take-off of remote home care.
“Yet, with hospital establishments already dealing with overcapacity, and the certainty that the incidence of chronic illnesses will only intensify, home-based remote care is not just an alternative solution, it is an imperative.
“New financing mechanisms, reimbursement schemes and innovative business models will increasingly appear.”
Medical device strategies
“Medical device manufacturers will progressively move from “one-shot medical device” product strategies to a “connected medical devices” service strategy, primarily because reimbursement schemes are becoming available for these kinds of solutions.
“This will fuel the uptake of remote, home-based patient care as patients and their caregivers will have more choice in terms of the kinds of remote health monitoring solutions are available to them.”
Regional health systems
“Large hospital establishments will increasingly be able to link up with regional health systems in order to provide increased patient care and services to healthcare professionals, enabling telemedicine and remote care solutions to reduce costly hospital stays.”