E-health, the key business sector

The E-health market has been growing strongly in recent years, driven by technological innovations. It is an industry with immense economic and social potential. Bordeaux understands this and many companies, start-ups and regional organizations are developing in the metropolis. E-health will participate in the evolution of man. It also aims at better anticipation of diseases and better treatment. Thus, the E-health sector ranges from connected objects to remote monitoring platforms.

In addition, the COVID-19 crisis has greatly accelerated the sector in the territory. Indeed, it has made it possible to meet new needs during periods of confinement. Thus, many applications have emerged. They allowed people to continue to see their doctor safely from home. On the other hand, the sector gives little or little autonomy to patients. Robots can answer their questions in real time, virtual reality also helps in the treatment of pain. Other projects are under consideration. For example, there are projects for decision support tools based on artificial intelligence.

Figures for the sector in France

Lately, we are witnessing an increase in chronic diseases, treatments or operations that are increasingly complex. On the other hand, the population is aging. These factors are taken very seriously by public authorities and companies. These are public health issues. Indeed, health has a significant impact on the economy. As much by the debt of the social security (462.3 billion euros of expenditure in 2017, or 20.2% of the GDP) as by the frauds. SMT (Multi-Technology Health Solutions), technological developments and data analysis allow an improvement of the health system.

It is therefore a question of optimizing the patient care pathway. It is also necessary to facilitate the connection and sharing of information between professionals. Finally, the public health system needs to be improved. In 2016, the DGE (Direction Générale des Entreprises) unveiled a study on the E-health market in France. It estimates that the market at that time represents between 2.2 billion and 3 billion euros. In addition, it employs between 28,000 and 38,000 employees.

The government therefore wants telemedicine to be accelerated. For this it proposes Article 36 of the Social Security Financing Act 2018. Patients will soon be able to use teleconsultation and tele expertise. By using these new consultation solutions, they will also be reimbursed by social security. This reform of the health system will notably put an end to medical deserts. In fact, 67% of French people trust the health system. This feeling is also shared by professionals in the sector for 72% of respondents.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine, a stronghold of E-health

New Aquitaine is recognized in France but not only. Indeed, its dynamism also shines in the world thanks to new technologies and particularly E-health. E-health companies and start-ups shine through cutting-edge technology. Among these start-ups, there is BforDoc. It improves the patient care pathway by preparing for the consultation. Then there is also Nomadeec which is a mobile telemedicine platform. Synapse uses artificial intelligence by helping doctors prescribe drugs. Bordeaux is also represented by companies such as Interaction Healthcare/Simforhealth. It is a Bordeaux company specialized in the design of digital applications for patients and healthcare professionals.

The company has supported more than 22,000 healthcare professionals around the world. It is one of the 2,000 most innovative companies in France. Ambitious projects are born such as PelviCare carried by the Magellan Medical and Surgical Centre of the University Hospital of Bordeaux. This project has been a pioneer in video-endoscopy for 30 years.

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region participates in the creation of these E-health start-ups. She accompanies them in particular via many organizations and incubators. The city of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Métropole, Unitec, the Auberge Numérique, 1Kubator are carrying out the projects.

ESEA, E-health in action is an organization that optimizes the steps in the patient journey. It responds to the improvement of the quality and coordination of care and the patient journey. The organization is linked to GRADes, the Regional Support Group for the Development of E-Health. The latter ensures the development of E-health in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The main missions of the ESEA are multiple. The organization supports and promotes digital technology in the sector. He wishes to support liberal health professionals, health institutions, social and medico-social institutions and users in the region. In parallel, he guides patients and coordinates the health journey. It also shares data within a well-established framework. Indeed, the framework sets standards. Finally, the organization develops strong cooperation and partnerships.

ADI is the Development and Innovation Agency of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The European Union partly finances the latter. Its missions are digital transformation and the development of the sectors of the future. On the other hand, the agency promotes attractive companies. It also ensures their implementation and the development of networks and projects. Among the various sectors of activity supported by the ADI, E-health is a key issue. Tools are therefore made available to companies. Thus, the Living Lab E-santé aims to design or test products during studies. Diag innovation management aims to improve the organization of the innovation approach (strategy, team, idea management, collaborations, etc.). Finally, the HIT Show to develop the business, increase the readability within the show.

The ADI organizes an annual forum around health. It is part of the Factory of the Future program. The previous edition of the forum took place on 11 December 2018 at the Domaine du Haut Carré in Talence. This 8th edition focused on the theme of innovation in the health industries. 18 prestigious speakers from the pharmaceutical world attended the forum. There were 3 innovation sessions around R&D processes, technology in industry, management and training.

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Bordeaux E-health start-up Satelia is growing rapidly in France

Satelia is a remote monitoring platform. It is co-developed with the University Hospital of Bordeaux. This platform is intended for patients with heart failure. There are no less than 1.1 million in France. It is also intended for patients undergoing surgery. There are 11 million of them in France. Satelia is a great innovation. Indeed, the platform uses predictive algorithms. They will improve the follow-up of patients in order to reduce the risk of hospitalization.

The platform was born a year ago. Success is already at the rendezvous. It must be said that the solution is used in about fifteen centers. Among them the CHU of Bordeaux, the Cochin Hospital, the CH of Pau, Narbonne, La Rochelle or Bayonne use the services of Satelia. By 2022, the start-up wants to focus on cardiology. It also wants to expand into other sectors internationally. The solution is modular, multi support. It is also multilingual, it currently understands 6 languages and will be developed with chronic diseases.

E-health is a dynamic sector focused on the future of humanity. In New Aquitaine and especially in Bordeaux, companies and start-ups are growing and radiating internationally. The government has understood the challenges of e-health in France. And for good reason, it is a public health issue. In addition, the country finances many projects around the world. The goal is to always stay in the race and not miss any opportunity. It is now a question of competing with ingenuity and accelerating the growth of this sector.

Kevin HEUGAS – BORDEAUX Business


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