Personal Connected Health Standards Prevail
Michael Strubin, PCHAlliance European Programme Director, @mstrubin
For too long, telemedicine has been trapped in a vicious circle of insufficient evidence, sceptical professionals, and “pilotitis”, the proliferation of experimental projects that have by-and-large failed to generate evidence.
But now things are changing, due to the growing interest of decision-makers in Europe to harness the potential of telemedicine for health care reform, to make more effective use of resources and to empower the patients:
· Denmark: National rollout of COPD telemonitoring as of 2018 following the TeleCare Nord project with more than 1,100 chronic COPD patients.
· Nordics: government agencies have developed a common reference architecture for personal connected health to facilitate market access.
· Catalonia: public health system requires standards for citizens and patients to share glucose data.
· Netherlands: Ministry of Health considers mandating standards for uploading patient data to the Medmij ("With Me") patient platform.
· Austria: Ministry of Health proposes technical framework directive on telemonitoring of people with diabetes, heart failure and cardiac implants.
· Germany: federal law mandates building of an interoperability registry for the German healthcare system called “Vesta”.
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