The future of Telemedicine in Europe and running projects of reference

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The European telemedicine market grew from $3.1 billion in 2010 to $4.8 billion in 2011 and will almost triple to $12.6 billion in 2019 at a CAGR of 12.82% over the next five years. Telemedicine services are used in several medical areas including diabetes control, primary health care, psychiatry, genetics, radiology, pathology, cardiology etc.The major driving force for this market is increasing aged population, rising cost of healthcare, rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Technological innovations and advancements fuels the market growth. Major market constraints are developing and underdeveloped nations which lack sufficient resources for the telemedicine market. High technological costs, Lack of physician support, and poor cases of implementation are the major constraints for the market.

(see primary source of information in https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/european-telemedicine-market-industry)


EU is funding several telemedicine projects and pilots of reference:

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Renewing Health in which nine European regions pooled their efforts to evolutionise the management of chronic diseases through telemedicine. About 7,000 patients were included in the project making it the largest Randomised Controlled Trial study in telemedicine in Europe in 2014. The project enabled patients’ involvement and empowerment while optimising the use of resources in healthcare provision.

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United4Health continues to utilise the Renewing Health results and provide scaled up solutions. The programme involves approximately 12,000 patients.

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ELECTOR: Telemedicine solution for arthritis patients;

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THALEA: Telemedicine solution for intensive care units;

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MOMENTUM: A roadmap and support on how to put telemedicine into daily practice;

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Brochure on eHealth projects (pages 22-24).

 (see primary source of information in  https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/telemedicine )