By analysing recent telemedicine practices, experts from across Europe found these 18 critical success factors for deploying telemedicine:
"Telemedicine - care where the healthcare professional and the patient are not in the same room - holds promise for European healthcare systems", says Momentum project coordinator Marc Lange. "Its widespread deployment will help to improve safety, quality and efficiency of care, and to ensure that citizens have access to healthcare services when they need it."
Helping the "doers"
Lange: "Telemedicine in Europe suffers from 'pilotitis': A glut of technology experiments that have received start-up subsidies from public or commercial sources to get them off the ground, but which cease to exist once the subsidy is withdrawn. These success factors will help the 'doers' move their projects into routine care and scale them up to provide real benefits to patients in Europe."
The Momentum project convenes telemedicine experts and stakeholder organisations from over 20 organisations in Europe. The final outcome of the project will be a blueprint for telemedicine deployment which will be published in December 2014.
Join the network
All interested parties are invited to comment on the critical success factors, to submit successful practices, and to join the Momentum network. More dissemination events will be held between May and September 2014.
For an ongoing list and more information go to www.telemedicine-momentum.eu.