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Bernard M.-M.,PACE 2000 International Foundation | Fruhwirth M.,PACE 2000 International Foundation | De Mareuil Villette C.,ICOSA European Patent Attorneys
European Research in Telemedicine | Year: 2015

Innovation is well at work when it reaches strong, on-going and diversified community support along with rigorous evaluations. PACE 2000, a foundation, favouring relationships between generations, created the Virtual Village, connecting via videoconferencing, generations or groups of individuals who usually do not meet. It has evolved from social and cross-cultural tele-encounters starting in 1996 to innovative medico-economic and potential universal tools. The purpose of this review is to highlight how Intellectual/Industrial Property Rights (IPR) have played essential roles in the development and evolution of the Virtual Village since 1996. At least four types have been identified: 1-Promotion of early recognition of its inventions and programs; 2-Backing of on-going support and financing; 3-Enhanced compliance or early detection of non-compliance to its project developments and implementation protocols; 4-Definite lead into valuable Business Rights. Indeed, sponsors look for IPRs, as important assets that promote innovations. IPRs are also reassuring for stakeholders and are also incentives to secondary improvements by co-inventors. The Virtual Village innovations offer a good potential for a return on investments as it leads to the dissemination into diversified market niches. From an initial purpose of bringing happiness into the lives of every generation, the Virtual Village and its patented inventions that were geared at promoting relationships, have evolved into business partnership opportunities, be it in professional training and apprenticeship, in the e-health technologies sector, or in Education as well as in the Foreign Language Immersion Telementoring sector. © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Bernard M.M.,Center hospitalier Sud Essonne | Dresco E.,Center hospitalier Sud Essonne | El Gharbi T.,Center hospitalier Sud Essonne | Gallon O.,Center hospitalier Sud Essonne | And 2 more authors.
European Research in Telemedicine | Year: 2015

Background: - The quality of a live patient-doctor relationship is a keystone of care, influencing patient satisfaction, compliance to treatments and outcomes. Patients: - Thirty chronically ill patients, aged 27-79 years (53% aged 60+), were enrolled in a ''real life situation'', following the registry of clinical appointments, to assess a telemedicine interface in a live connection with their doctor. Methods: - Customized VC was equipped with the symmetric sharing of medical results, supported by a secure intranet. Results: - Traveling time to hospital was 5-40 min (mean: 21±17 min). In the past two years, patients made 1-20 visits (mean: 7±5visits) to their hospital; the average in-hospital waiting time was 5-60 min (mean: 23±26 min). The enrollment process allowed for less than 15 minutes' training. Twenty-four (80%) patients however rated it as satisfactory. Possible mutual understandings and perceptions exchanged during the teleconsultation were rated as satisfactory by 12 patients (43%) and excellent by 16 (57%). Two patients did not respond. Twenty patients (72%) fully supported the use of the interface for maintaining a personal and confidential relationship with their doctor;5patients (18%) simply approved; one considered it somewhat useful and 2 disapproved. The responses were not linked to the age (r= 0,127). Conclusions:- This study shows patient satisfaction and compliance to teleconsultations, alternating with traditional medical care. A randomized medico-economic assessment is justified. © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Bernard M.-M.,PACE 2000 International Foundation | Fruhwirth M.,PACE 2000 International Foundation | Brooks M.,National Research Council Canada | Oakley K.,Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute | And 3 more authors.
Gerontechnology | Year: 2011

Videoconferencing via PCs and the Internet may provide a powerful medium through which seniors can interact with and develop relationships with youth. The PACE 2000 International Foundation has developed accessible, reliable and easy-to-use solutions that bring both senior and youth communities together for their mutual benefit. In this study, 18 older adults aged 70±7 years, provided second-language coaching to 18 young people (nine students and nine unemployed youth), via the videoconference based Intergenerational Telementoring Station® accessible to people having restrictions. Evaluation was based on the systems server logs capturing user log-in and log-out data, as well as entry and final questionnaire data from participants and supporting staff. The results of these two pilot studies indicate that videoconference based telementorship programs may successfully expand their recruitment beyond the conventional student-mentee and adult-mentors' populations. Older adults, including people with restrictions, exhibited higher motivation and compliance rates compared to unemployed youth. All participants (youth and seniors) highly valued the program (average rating over 80%), particularly its inter-cultural aspects as well as the relationships they developed. Eighty-six percent of youth reported that they benefitted from the second language immersion experience via videoconference. Positive behavioral shifts were observed after only 2 to 4 sessions, and these can provide a starting point for further research. We conclude that customized videoconference based telementoring provides a positive and motivational experience, which exceeds the scope of typical conventional mentoring programs (i.e. target populations enrollment, interaction types, geographic independence, etc).

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