Telemedicine to Cancer Screening: 5 Million Euro INTERREG CARES Projects to Boost OECS Health

INTERREG CARES aspires to achieve multiple objectives, including deeper access by nationals of OECS Member States to health services in French Departments, better interconnectedness of regional health systems and building the capacity of health professionals and decision-makers.

To ensure better access to French health systems, the Project is facilitating the implementation of harmonized fees and billing procedures, the coordination of medical data sharing and the creation of unique identification numbers for patients of the OECS.

INTERREG CARES resulted from a close collaboration between the OECS Member States and public/private health organisations of Guadeloupe and Martinique, including:

  • the Regional Health Agencies of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélémy, and Martinique,
  • the Hospital University Centers of Martinique and Guadeloupe,
  • Basse-Terre Hospital Center
  • Maurice Selbonne Hospital Center
  • GCS Caraïbes et Archipel
  • Les Eaux Claires Clinical center
  • CAREST Association

The regional initiative includes seventeen projects which will be implemented in multiple specialized medical fields.

These include telemedicine, anticipated cancer screening, and treatments through new technologies such as PETscan, screening of drepanocytose and HIV, orthopedic surgeries, pediatric surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, emergency treatments, access to medical labs and assistance to the elderly.

Projects are expected to be completed in December 2020.

The project led by the Regional Agency of Guadeloupe totals 5 million Euros funded by two European Funds including 4 239 553 Euros mobilised through INTERREG funds and 483 341 Euros solicited to the European Development Funds (EDF).

Previously published and sourced from pressroom.oecs.org

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