The 2015 Connected Health Conference on the theme “E-Health, Telemedicine and Digital Health”, organised by Les Echos in partnership with Invest in Bordeaux and held on 17 September in Paris, is the opportunity to turn the spotlight on the potential and assets of Bordeaux within this rapidly expanding sector.
Bordeaux and Aquitaine, the leading French region in healthcare I.T. with more than 50% of the national workforce in the industry and 45% of national turnover, ranks second in the field of electronic health.
Invest in Bordeaux is prospecting for companies wishing to benefit from this dynamic ecosystem and has therefore supported the establishment of Parisian company Itwell in the Bordeaux Unitec incubator in Pessac in 2014.
For 8 years now, the mission of Itwell has been to improve the legibility and accessibility of the health information for the general public.
As a leader in legibility tests for leaflets for medicines, the company for example employs specialist writers to translate the various health-related information documents into a language understandable by everyone. The aim? To educate and empower chronically ill/elderly patients and also to develop active prevention.
Catherine Argillier said: “This new arrival is destined to grow with a locally recruited team, and is a strategic choice because the region is extremely dynamic in the field of e-health.”
“In Pessac, our teams are also developing a project for an innovative multi-service platform to support pharmacists in their new missions. This interactive platform will help them strike up a relationship with patients who are seeking health information. Accessible via the net or on tablets installed in pharmacies, this system will also help in the roll-out of screening and prevention operations.”
The first test phase of this platform is scheduled for the first half of 2015 in Aquitaine.
Bordeaux is asserting its leadership in telemedecine, e-health and digital health through its ITC health cluster, a member of Digital Aquitaine, and its French Tech accreditation.
With 1,200 jobs and 74 companies, including 3 worldwide leaders with a registered office in Bordeaux, many industrial SMEs have found the region to be a fertile ground for development.
The Aquitaine ICT Health Cluster has a dual ambition: to strengthen companies in their market segment and support them in the e-health market.
The cluster includes the leading national names in the field of health I.T. that have bases in Aquitaine: Agfa HealthCare, Cegedim Logiciels Médicaux, Imagine Editions and MainCare France, in addition to GCS Télésanté Aquitaine.
The Aquitaine XL-ENS project is one of five in France selected within the framework of the Digital Health Territory call for projects for the development of a prefiguration pilot design for future care.
Several training courses contribute to the development of the Bordeaux e-health ecosystem:
• The creation of a Master’s Degree in Public Health, specialising in medical I.T., run by Bordeaux University along with the Master of Business Informatics (MIAGE) in “Health Management Information Systems” (SIGS) for the training of project leaders specialising in healthcare I.T.
• The launch of a University Diploma in Telemedicine run by the Association Française de Télémédecine, the first university diploma validating ongoing professional development in France.
• The Health ICT Certificate of the Bordeaux Polytechnic Institute.
These three specialities will be merged together in Autumn 2016 in the Bordeaux University Master’s Degree in Healthcare I.T. (Healthcare Information Systems and I.T. Technologies (SITIS)).
Télésanté Aquitaine is another major actor in e-health in Aquitaine, with the Healthcare Cooperation Grouping (GCS) which aims to support and develop e-health in Aquitaine. To this effect it has nearly 170 members, organised into six categories: public and private healthcare establishments; medical and social structures; cooperation structures, health professional regional unions; the professional orders; associations representing users.
Finally, in the research field, e-health benefits from the combined expertise of Inria, the Neurocampus, the Bergonié Institute and Bordeaux University Hospital Centre (CHU).