Orange and Tribvn – partners in the creation of the first French telepathology network

Orange and Tribvn win the call for tender in Ile-de-France for the creation of the first telepathology demonstrator in France.

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  • Pathologists from the Ile-de-France region will be able perform extemporaneous telediagnostic procedures and thus provide diagnostic continuity throughout the area. 
  • This solution is the fruit of a close collaboration between Orange and Tribvn and a recognition of their respective expertise, namely the hosting of health(care) data and pathology imaging.

The solution offered by Orange and Tribvn will be the first telepathology service in France with personal healthcare data securely hosted in a Cloud computing architecture and available on-demand. The project will be launched during the last quarter of 2013 and will allow participating centers to process opinion or extemporaneous requests thanks to this network of tele-expertise. The project is funded by the Agence Régionale de Santé d’Ile-de-France, which is the Ile-de-France Regional Health Authority, as part of its telemedicine development program and is supported by the Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire pour le Développement des Systèmes d’Information partagés en Santé en Ile-de-France (GCS D-SISIF) or the Healthcare Cooperation Consortium for the Development of Shared Healthcare Information Systems in Ile-de-France.

Telepathology using digitized medical imaging accessible via a web-based plateform, is expected to develop rapidly in the years to come. Healthcare professionals are actually seeing a decline in their numbers, namely 5.5 % over the last five years, while the number of interventions is increasing by 5 % each year. They therefore need collaborative tools so they can provide diagnostic continuity and enjoy cooperation with other doctors in emergency situations. Thanks to the service offered by Orange and TRIBVN, opinion and extemporaneous requests for pathology cases can be made directly on line.  These are facilitated by the provision of a request and traceability management tool. Reviewers from the field of pathology can respond to requests within an appropriate time frame.

The service therefore includes : 

  • diagnostic continuity throughout the region 
  • high-quality remote diagnosis, including in emergency situations 
  • image exchange facility for sharing of medical expertise 
  • construction of knowledge bases

Furthermore, all security and traceability requirements are fulfilled. Information exchanged over the tele-expertise network is actually hosted by secured data-centers belonging to Orange Business Servers, the Ministry of Health approved host of personal healthcare data since 2010. Following the commissioning of ANDRAL, the first tele-expertise network for hematology laboratories, the creation of a telepathology solution in the Ile-de-France region is a new step. This will move the deployment of tele-expertise forward considerably throughout the region, a network for the disciplines of morphological microscopy. The service will be gradually improved with features derived from FlexMIm research, the aim of which is to facilitate on-screen reading of digital slides and provide specialists with cognitive tools in the field of pathology. In addition to the main initiators Orange and Tribvn, FlexMIm is supported by a consortium of universities and industry members such as the AP-HP hospital group, the University ParisDiderot, University Pierre et Marie Curie and Pertimm, a software company.

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