International Telemedicine Advisory Service

The International Telemedicine Advisory Service (ITAS) will be at the core of the project and will have the key function of ensuring excellence throughout all stages of the project.

ITAS will bring together clusters of expertise to provide expert advice to the selection, design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of demonstrator projects. It will consist of:

  • academic experts
  • experienced service providers
  • clinicians
  • policy makers
  • enterprise and business representatives.

Follow this link for further details on ITAS membership.

Overview

  • ITAS will ratify the production of 10 detailed business cases for the demonstrator projects (WP3) and assess whether the case is strong enough to proceed.
  • ITAS will then monitor implementation (WP4) against the timescale within the business cases, and provide assistance and support if there are problems.
  • ITAS will direct the design of the evaluation (WP5) and review results.
  • ITAS will read and criticise drafts of all reports coming from the study, and advice on dissemination.

Growth of clinician networks

ITAS will encourage the growth of clinician networks within the project. These already exist in speech therapy and renal services, and are planned as a method of introducing services to new countries. ITAS will also have the broader role of linking into developing the eHealth business sector across the region, within and beyond the time frame of the project. For example, in Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have adopted a P4 digital strategy to develop systems that are Preventive, Predictive, Participatory and Personalised and delivered using digital technology to address the challenges from ageing populations and the continuing rise in lifestyle related disease. ITAS will link with similar initatives across the NPP area. This will keep the ITTS project up-to-date with developments in the sector, as well as providing opportunities for the dissemination of our work to the business sector.

The first task will be to agree the role and constitution of ITAS, and produce a business case for its own existence within and beyond the project. Matters to be discussed will include the structure of the group, whether to develop into a free-standing association, how to align with existing associations and with other key projects in the wider European context.


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