European Medical Network (www.emn.net) has been formed to create a distance-learning service for the medical professions in Europe; at its core a menu-driven digital satellite broadcast combined with an Internet service is to be built.
The Pilot project has been launched in order to assess and verify:
- Acceptance of the proposed service by the target groups
- Operational and financial feasibility throughout the entire value chain
- Build-up of an operational service
The system consists of 100 installed sites in W-Europe (i.e., UK, NL, D, CH, A and I) all equipped with pre-configured notebooks, satellite dishes and receiver boxes; additionally, each site will have Internet access. Interactive media-rich on-line CME course modules are to be downloaded to sites by satellite broadcasts.
EMN in co-operation with its technology partner Deutsche Telekom will operate this network; satellite transmissions to run on T-Systems Media Broadcast (Deutsche Telekom) via Eutelsat at 130 East.
Clients will have the possibility to view educational content either on-line (Internet access required) or off-line (previously received satellite broadcast).
During the pilot service EMN will offer the following originally produced programmes of which two programmes are synchronous events with input from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester U.S.A.
- Acute Coronary Symptoms (English only) / Gerald Maurer (Vienna), David R. Holm (Mayo)
- Evidence-based Medicine (Cardio case) / Thomas Luescher (Zuerich)
- Hypertension: Strategies 2001 (English only) / Gary Schwartz, Virend Somers (Mayo)
- Hypertension Update 1 / Giuseppe Mancia (Milano), Norman Kaplan et al.
- Hypertension Update 2 / Giuseppe Mancia (Milano), Norman Kaplan et al.
- Oncology Update / Marc Salzberg (Basle) et al.
- Treatment of Restenosis / Patrick Serruys (Rotterdam)
- Endometriosis: pre-, peri- and postoperative Evaluation / Jean Pierre Schaps (Bruxelles) et.al.
- Trends in Gynaeciological Imaging / Fernando Musoles (Madrid) et al.
- Thinking Skills for Medical Practitioners (English only) / Edward de Bono (London)
These programmes will be transmitted in different formats (linear and interactive) to a total of at least 100 resident physicians (whereof 75 Primary Care Providers and 25 specialist consultants) in six European countries from end of September 2001 until early 2002.
Evaluation of on-line questionnaires by Horten Centre for Applied Medical Research, Zuerich.
Key issues addresses with the project are:
- technical reliability and quality of content as well as transmission in different formats
- and professional relevance and user-friendliness for target groups.
The pilot service should prove the validity of the project and then receive acceptance of the proposed service within the European Medical Community as a cost-effective and user-friendly medium to complement traditional media of Continuing Medical Education and thus enable EMN to migrate the pilot service into a permanent operational service.
At the end of 2002, the Field Trial officially concluded with 83 active participants in 6 European countries. Feedback (100%) is highly encouraging with highlights such as:
- 81% of all active participants qualified content as "relevant for my practice"
- 83% would "recommend the programme(s) to my colleagues"
- 73% would register and pay (themselves) a subscription fee
EMN is currently preparing its operational structure for market entry.
Last Update: 10 Aug 2007