“There’s a Momentum Around Digital Health”

At the beginning of 2023, Mon Espace santé is about to celebrate its first anniversary, and the reimbursement of medical telemonitoring has just entered the common law. As digital health affects health professionals and their patients a little more every day, The Major Trends in e-health 2023 event, organized by Interaction Healthcare in partnership with Egora on January 24, deciphers the uses of today and tomorrow. A meeting which will be inaugurated by the Minister of Health, François Braun. Next interview with Jérôme Leleu and Damien Mouveroux, general manager and director of Agence d’Interaction Healthcare.

Egora.fr: Last year, the event gathered more than 3000 subscribers. What are your ambitions for this year?

Jerome Leleu: In recent years, we have given a new dynamic to this event, which we try to open to the whole ecosystem: patients, health professionals… It is a good way to explain what digital health is, what are the news in this sector. but also what it can bring to the world of health.

Last year we collected 3,700 registrations: this year we should exceed 5,000, thanks to the partnerships created and the image we have been able to develop. We will have more speakers, with more live formats, for a total of 3:15 broadcasts. All players in the ecosystem, be it ministries, patients, manufacturers, health professionals will be represented and will answer targeted questions, for example about prevention.

This year the event will be inaugurated by the Minister of Health and Prevention François Braun. It also shows that beyond the quality of the content, there momentum about digital health: the ministerial delegation for digital health has just announced the new roadmap and the minister’s visit shows that this topic of digital health is important.

What are the main topics of this edition?

JL: We will come back in 2022 and see what happens in 2023 and even in the years to come. We see that in the United States, there is quite a downward trend in health technology investment. In addition to the main trends, there will also be current topics about health data warehouses or the evaluation of digital applications, remote monitoring, through the eyes of patients, but also of start-ups. We will make an overview of public-private collaborations, with in particular the interesting pair formed by Janssen and Institut Curie based on data science.

Damien Mouveroux : We will also have the first comments on my health space, the actions taken and the first usage figures.

JL: With speakers, we will try to identify what is still blocking today. There are many French people who do not know about Mon Espace santé. How can membership be stronger?

A round table will be devoted to prevention. How is prevention a key issue in e-health? Or is it the opposite…?

DM: I would say a bit of both! Prevention is a key topic in eHealth, and eHealth is about prevention. This is probably the most relevant topic for him.

JL: Prevention is the anteroom of the path of care. Dr. Charlotte Berthaut, founder of Depist&vous, will specifically show the contribution of digital health to colorectal cancer screening. It can facilitate access. Proof that prevention is at the heart of health news, PariSanté Campus and Bpifrance have announced an investment fund endowed with 100 million euros to “put digital technology at the service of prevention”.

Will you be making the traditional return to CES* in Las Vegas?

JL: We were very involved in the health field at CES. But unfortunately, for two or three years, the topic has been a little less present, but it seems that health is a strong topic this year. But the big trends don’t end there.

DM: In the technical aspect, from last year we will continue with the improvement of certain devices such as connected facilities. I also expect a little more in the field of artificial intelligence, perhaps with the first applications using quantum computing. One technology that fascinated me last year was that of camera sensors: phone cameras or web cameras, using light reflection, may be able to record biological constants. This may apply to teleconsultation.

A round table will address the metaverse: in health, specifically, what can we expect from it?

DM: Marc Zuckerberg coined the term when marketing Facebook as Meta. But first, it defines a virtual world and it is not new. The first are the imaginative “Dungeons and Dragons” type games on paper. Therefore, today we talk about a virtual world in 3D. In healthcare, it has been around for years. That’s what it does Simforhealth Training. At the moment, the main field of application in health remains training: it allows to immerse several doctors, interconnected among them. We are still a long way from teleconsultation in a metaverse.

JL: On the other hand, we see virtual technology for pain management, for example. The event on the main trends should make it possible to determine future uses, in 3, 4 and 5 years, but also to see what is happening every day with patients and healthcare professionals. Beyond what we’ve been sold on the metaverse after Zuckerberg’s speech, what is the reality of practices? The use of virtual reality is still complex today. When you buy a helmet, in 6 months or 1 year, it is outdated. We’re not at the maturity we see in smartphones, for example. There is a lot of fantasy about these topics. And the waves of layoffs we’re witnessing in tech today point to a kind of pushback: do we all want to be in a “Player One” world? I’m not sure, but it’s clear that use cases like training and patient support will be very useful.

*Consumer Electronics Show, which will take place from January 5 to 8.

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