The digital possibilities for outpatient care
The range of available software for independent professionals lacks consistency and is dominated by only a few companies. In France, the software publishing market has over 270 companies, according to the latest Panorama published.Out of them, 103 specialise in medical office management software (for about 100,000 general practitioners and specialists), but three stakeholders prevail and share 56% of the market.
There are only very few independent physicians who still refuse to computerise their offices; according to a survey, 96% of GPs said they had computer software to manage their patients.
Out of all the GPs and specialists surveyed, more than three fifths said they frequently used digital technology: either to access a patient’s analysis results (84%) or to transmit patient data to another healthcare professional (68%).
This study also showed that half of doctors would use digital technology to collaborate with their colleagues (from independent physicians to hospital specialists or from hospitals to general practitioners). This does not mean that they think they have a solid grasp on these technologies: less than a third of doctors felt they had enough training to use their own system and less than a fifth to use digital technology to exchange with their colleagues.
It is interesting to note that nearly three fifths of doctors say they are ready to use the data collected by their patients as they would see it as a better way of helping them keep track of their treatment; yet one critical stumbling block remains – they do not know which applications to recommend.
INSET Secure healthcare messaging services launched in France!
The widespread adoption of secure messaging services is on track. At the end of November 2017, four fifths of general practitioners (but only 42% of specialists) were equipped with a whole range of solutions jumbled together, including the Apicrypt system (70,000 users), which eventually aims to join the MSSanté ‘trusted space’.
The only thing left to do is finalise MSSanté integration into professional software to facilitate ownership.
In February 2018, around one thousand healthcare organisations reported that they were compatible with the ‘trusted space’.
MSSanté is not a software program but rather a set of messaging services developed by different operators which are integrated into a communal ‘trusted space’ that ensures exchanges are secure and interoperable.
An operator can be a healthcare organisation, a software publisher, an e-health cooperation group (GCS), etc. As of now there are nearly 300; 12 of which are e-health GCSs which have migrated their regional messaging services into the ‘trusted area’, as well as 25 industrial publishers.
Every month, total of 102,205 MSSanté messaging inboxes are used to exchange nearly 500,000 messages in the ‘trusted space’ between institutions, healthcare professionals, laboratories, private practices, hospitals, etc. ASIP Santé, February 2018