To become a “leader in digital health”, France has announced a €650 million investment package to bring about digital transformation in health sector. The investment envelope will be divided into five axes aiming to implement the digital health strategy.
Most of the state budget, coming to €202 million, will be dedicated to speeding up research and innovation in digital health, notably in the areas of prevention, teleconsultations, surgical robotics or AI medical devices. Another package, amounting to €168 million, will be used to finance experimental programs to test innovations in medical facilities. Healthcare professionals and patients will be trained in order to develop the necessary skills to respond to fast-paced digitalization in medical sector under a €81 million package.
Priority exploratory research programs and equipment (PEPR) will be launched to bring about scientific innovation in the framework of the €60 million investment package. To large-scale deployment of digital health in France and internationally, the last part of the budget (€35 million) will be used. The remaining funds, around €100 million, will be allocated to projects selected within the “Santé numérique” framework in early 2022.