Fondation Pierre Fabre

Improving re-educational treatment by means of telemedicine

Main beneficiary country:
Côte d’Ivoire

About the sponsor

Pôle Saint Hélier

The Saint Hélier Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Centre, located in Rennes, France, specialises in the treatment of neurological and locomotor diseases (amputees, orthopaedic and trauma patients, etc.). The expertise of this establishment is also recognised as a referential at regional level and throughout Western France for serious neurological conditions (brain or brain stem injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, emergence from coma, etc.). The PMR Centre admits only adult patients who require a medical consultation or rehabilitation and re-education in a situation of full-time hospitalisation, day hospital visits or outpatient treatment.

As part of its overall strategy, the Saint Hélier Centre is developing an "outside the box" treatment policy and has introduced several innovative devices in recent years, including day hospital, mobile team, integration unit, educational therapy, home hospitalisation and telemedicine. The unit also includes an 87-place nursing home, an approved training organisation, a research unit and a "living lab".

With its expertise in the treatment of chronic complex wounds (such as sores and ulcers), the centre has been providing telemedicine treatment to make caring for the patient easier since 2013.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: France

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The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

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  • Chronic wounds (sores/ulcers etc) / rehabilitation / neuro-urology

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 05/23/2018

Initiative end date

  • 03/01/2022


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Saint Hélier Centre budget (medical and paramedical team headings)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies

About the initiative

The Saint Hélier Centre, which specialises in problems that affect the locomotor system, and the Yopougon Teaching Hospital in Abidjan, have since 2018 been developing an international cooperation to favour the treatment of Ivorian patients by exchanging and contrasting experiences. The partnership concentrates in particular on developing neuro-urological evaluations (carrying out on-the-spot urodynamic examination, a procedure unknown in the Teaching Hospital before this cooperation) and improving the treatment of sores and chronic wounds. In fact, because of a lack of access to specialist medical expertise in wound care and neurodynamic assessment, the prevention and treatment of sores and chronic wounds is currently inadequate in the Teaching Hospital and is a known cause of death.

The sharing of experience between the Saint Hélier Centre and the Teaching Hospital helps develop and consolidate health professionals' knowledge and competence and thus improves the rehabilitation care given to Ivorian patients. In addition to the training and preventive processes followed by the medical and paramedical teams with the aim of improving the quality of re-educational care given to Ivorian patients, the initiative centres on sharing the Saint Hélier Centre's expertise through telemedicine, with priority being given to remote consultations with connected glasses. In 2018, five teleconsultations were held between the two establishments.

The connected glasses are currently being tested by the Saint Hélier Centre team as part of its telemedicine activity. The setting-up of this device in the Yopougon Teaching Hospital has facilitated remote consultations on chronic wounds and remote assistance with urodynamic examinations, while leaving the professional's hands free. The solution can easily be handled by professionals on site (one hour's training will be provided). All that is required is access to an Internet connection.

Connected glasses allow users (here, the health professional in the Abidjan Teaching Hospital) to share their opinions, vision and techniques simultaneously with the specialist doctor at the Saint Hélier Centre, while keeping their hands free. From a distance, the specialist doctor or the expert nurse guides the wearers of the glasses in their movements and actions while they are at the patient's side. This solution is especially important in the treatment of wounds which require close observation of the wound together with remote assistance in processes such as changing a dressing or carrying out a urodynamic examination.

The development of telemedicine with the Teaching Hospital allows rapid access to medical expertise, especially in the treatment of sores.

Le développement de la télémédecine avec le CHU permet un accès rapide à l’expertise médicale notamment pour la prise en charge des escarres.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Sick people
  • Dependents/persons with disabilities

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

0 Number of beneficiaries since launch

36 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Connected glasses

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



Société française de l'escarre

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Ambassade de France en Côte d'Ivoire

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.