German Klimenko told about the work already undertaken towards the development of telemedicine in Russia, in particular, he pointed out the draft law introduced to the State Duma, which shall legalize the provision of telemedicine services in Russia. According to him, the draft law can be adopted in the near future and shall come into force within the territory of the country; therefore everyone should be ready to a completely new form of healthcare organization and provision of medical care with use of telemedicine technologies.
In order to start active and consolidated work towards the development of telemedicine, the meeting participants suggested that a consortium of organizations for cooperation in the framework of the project “System of telemedicine express mini-polyclinics” (STEMP) should be established. The newly established consortium would not only make it possible to resolve the problems of telemedicine consulting of visitors of mini-polyclinics, but would also provide the practical elaboration of rules of provision of remote medical services, relating protocolling, keeping and use for further health assessment of the patients.
The participant matching of the consortium makes it possible to solve the problems of management of telemedicine services provision, elaboration of the common rules of their provision and recording, informational and infrastructural support. Among the participants are: ”Internet Development Institute“ (“IDI“); I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University; Academic medical informational and analytical Center (“AMIAC“); ”Federal Research Institute for health organization and informatics“ of Ministry of Health of Russia; ”National Research Center for Preventive Medicine“ of Ministry of Health of Russia; ”Russian National Institute for Research, Development and Testing of medical equipment“ of Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor); ” National Centre of Informatization“, ”1C“ Company.
In the course of the meeting it was expressed, that other organizations working towards telemedicine development will be able to join the Consortium in the future. The ”International Center of remote medicine“, the General director of which, Yury Kopylov, also took part in the meeting at Administration of President of Russia, has become the first such organization that expressed the wish to join the Consortium.
“In the rapidly developing Internet environment we need to actively deal with the issue of delivering and explaining to the population the opportunities of modern medicine services. It is an important task, as in terms of technologies, we are prepared to that. In 2017–2018 our country will have many new projects, which would help us to eliminate the existing medicine inequality. We are quite conscious, that in Moscow and other Russian cities with the population exceeding one million, most medical services are far more developed, the hospitals, their equipment and recourses are no longer a shame for us. Due to the appearance and development of telemedicine services, we expect that these services shall be promoted and developed nationwide,“ German Klimenko told.